Mostafa Salari Rad

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Woodrow Wilson School
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M.S. Rad, a postdoctoral research associate in the Woodrow Wilson School, is a psychologist with a background in business and engineering. His research focuses on studying social phenomena using tools and findings from cognitive science and economics. In one line of work, he investigates folk reasoning about categories of nationality, religion, gender, and socioeconomic status, and their variability and consequences for intergroup perception and behavior. In another line of work, he examines the role of self-induced, religiously motivated food scarcity on risk-taking and temporal discounting, looking specifically at people who fast during the month of Ramadan. Salar, who completed his PhD at the New School for Social Research in New York, is also a co-founder of Cut the Cake, a website specialized to run economic games where multiple players can interact in real-time.