Faculty Members

Cristina Bicchieri

J. P. Harvie Professor of Philosophy and Psychology

Interests: The intersection of philosophy, psychology and economics. Lab and field experiments on fairness, trust, and cooperation. Measuring social norms experimentally, eliciting expectation

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Jonathan Baron

Professor of Psychology

Interests: Intuitions and judgment biases that impede maximization of utility (good) by democratic government: parochialism, the act-omission distinction, moralistic values, and the isolation effect; experimentation and data analysis.

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Joe Kable

Baird Term Assistant Professor of Psychology

Interests: how people make choices, and the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying decision-making

Method: combining approaches from experimental economics, the psychology of judgment and decision-making, and social and cognitive neuroscience.

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Barbara Mellers

George Heyman University Professor

Interests: Decision Processes; Emotions; Fairness; Preference Measurement ; Policy Implications

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Sudeep Bhatia

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Interests: Cognitive mechanisms involved in judgment and decision making; Mathematical and computational modeling; Behavioral economics.

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Postdocs

Einav Hart

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 – Present)

Interests: Judgment and Decision Making, Social Psychology, Game Theory, Experimental Economics, Prosocial and Competitve Behaviors

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Peter Miller

Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – 2016)

Interests: Redistricting, Voting and Political Behavior, Electoral Systems, Public Opinion, Political Institutions, and Human Rights

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Eugen Dimant

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015 – Present)

Interests: Behavior Ethics, Crime Economics, Corruption, and Migration

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Alexander Funcke

Postdoctoral Fellow (2014 – Present)

Interests: Social Norm Dynamics, Classifications and Preference Formations

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Alessandro Sontuoso

Postdoctoral Fellow (2013 – Present)

Interests: Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, Philosophy & Economics

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Affiliated Members

Sebastiano Bavetta

Professor of Economics at the University of Palermo (Italy)
Research Associate at the London School of Economics (UK).

Interests: Freedom and its behavioral, policy and political implications.

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Ryan Muldoon

Assistant Professor, Unviersity at Buffalo

Interests: Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Social Science

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Karla Hoff

Senior Research Economist in the Development Economics Group at the World Bank

Interests: institutions and institutional change, particularly in India and the former Soviet Union.

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Francesca Lipari

Ph.D. in Economics

Interests: Behavioral Economics, Network Theory, Political Economy of Development, Institutional Economics.

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Damon Centola

Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Social Epidemiology, Collective Action and Collective Behavior, Social Networks, Web-Based Experiments, Online Health Policy, Computational and Agent Based Modeling

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David Dillenberger

Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Microeconomic Theory and Decision Theory

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Erte Xiao

Associate Professor at Monash University

Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Physchology and Economics, Experimental Economics, Behavioral Game Theory

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Hugo Mercier

Ambizione Fellow at Université de Neuchâtel

Interests: Cognition and Culture

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Annalisa Marini

Visiting Scholar (Fall 2013 – Present)

Interests: Econometrics, Behavioral Economics, Cultural and Institutional Economics, Economic Growth, Evolutionary Dynamics, Social Interactions Models

Giacomo Sillari

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Luiss Guido Carli – Roma

Interests: Behavioral Economics, Social Norms, Game Theory, Philosophy of Social Sciences

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Marta Maras

Assistant Professor

Bocconi University

Interests: Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Pro-social Behavior, Altruism, Decision Making, Behavioral Finance

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Coren Apicella

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Professor Apicella’s work specializes in mate selection and attraction, behavioral endocrinology, behavior genetics, sex differences, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology and social networks and the evolution of cooperation.

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Alex Chavez

Visiting Scholar, Goldstone Research Unit

Interests: social norms; statistics; big data

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Roberto Fumagalli

Junior Professor in Philosophy, University of Bayreuth Research Visitor, London School of Economics

Interests: Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Economics; Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Social and Political Philosophy; Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences; Moral Philosophy; Philosophy and Public Policy; Metaphysics.

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Rob Kurzban

Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Interests: evolution, psychology, morality, cooperation, decision making

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Grad Students

Marie Barnett

Graduate student in Philosophy

“My primary research interests are in the areas of game theory, decision theory and philosophy of science.  I’m particularly interested using agent-based models to explore the development and spread of moral and social norms from a game theoretical perspective.”

Thomas Noah

Graduate student in Philosophy

Interests: Ethics and Ethical Theory, Moral Psychology, Metaethics, Theory of Mind, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophical Methodology

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Erik Thulin

Graduate student in Psychology

Interested in the underpinnings, both ultimate and proximate, of pro-social and moral behavior. Particularly interested in how people respond to violations of social norms and how these responses may be what allows humans to cooperate on such large scales.

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Project Manager

Peter McNally

Interests: Mechanisms of fascination, mindfulness, behavioral economics, motivations underlying decision-making, moral psychology, and the self-concept

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