Recent concerns over the development of Internet-based information, such as so-called "fake news" sites, focuses interest on psychological research on collective memory formation and its vulnerability to distortion. Related work by affiliated faculty member Alin Coman is discussed in a March 2017 news feature in Nature.
Research & News
Friday, Jan 27, 2017
In an attempt to provide more transparency to how climate change projections are both reached and communicated, a preeminent group of climate scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published a paper in Nature Climate Science evaluating the projections in the report. Their aim was to explain the process that experts use and the judgements they make to provide their assessments.
Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
Harvard economist David Laibson will be among the speakers in the Spring 2017 Behavioral Economics Seminars sponsored by the Department of Economics. All lectures are held on Tuesdays, 12:45-2:00 p.m., in 217 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, unless otherwise noted. More details can be found at on the series' web listing.
Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016
In a November 29 op-ed in Time, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Betsy Levy Paluck and co-author UCLA Professor of Political Science Michael Chwe provide proactive steps and tactics for communities around the U.S. to combat hate speech and the environments that make this type of speech culturally acceptable. Looking at behavioral science research that has shown the positive impact of peer influence and bearing collective witness, Paluck and Chwe point to both individual powerful voices within valued community networks and the unified voices of large numbers of concerned voices as potent signalers of community values--specifically that hate is unacceptable.
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
The Kahneman-Treisman Center for Behavioral Science & Public Policy is delighted to announce the appointment of its newest Research Scholar—Maya Shankar. Maya has been assigned to serve concurrently as a Senior Advisor for Behavioral Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016
David Halpern, the Chief Executive of the UK's Behavioural Insights Team, presented a talk entitled "Behavioral Insights in Government," Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m., as part of the Center's 2016-17 Behavioral Policy Speaker Series.
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016
Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University, kicked off the Fall 2016 Behavioral Policy Speaker Series with a talk entitled "The Declining Status of White Americans and the Rise of the Tea Party."