Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
Evidence from a selection of research topics relevant to pandemics is discussed, including work on navigating threats, social and cultural influences on behaviour, science communication, moral decision-making, leadership, and stress and coping.
Structural Topic Models for Open‐Ended Survey Responses
- Margaret E. Roberts, Brandon M Stewart, David G. Rand
- BusinessAmerican Journal of Political Science
- 6 March 2014
The structural topic model makes analyzing open-ended responses easier, more revealing, and capable of being used to estimate treatment effects, and is illustrated with analysis of text from surveys and experiments.
Spontaneous giving and calculated greed
The cognitive basis of cooperative decision-making in humans using a dual-process framework is explored and it is proposed that cooperation is intuitive because cooperative heuristics are developed in daily life where cooperation is typically advantageous.
The online laboratory: conducting experiments in a real labor market
The views on the potential role that online experiments can play within the social sciences are presented, and software development priorities and best practices are recommended.
Social heuristics shape intuitive cooperation.
A theory of why (and for whom) intuition favors cooperation is presented: cooperation is typically advantageous in everyday life, leading to the formation of generalized cooperative intuitions, which tend to be more cooperative than deliberative responses in one-shot anonymous interactions.
Lazy, not biased: Susceptibility to partisan fake news is better explained by lack of reasoning than by motivated reasoning
The promise of Mechanical Turk: how online labor markets can help theorists run behavioral experiments.
- David G. Rand
- PsychologyJournal of Theoretical Biology
- 21 April 2012
Who falls for fake news? The roles of bullshit receptivity, overclaiming, familiarity, and analytic thinking.
The results suggest that belief in fake news may be driven, to some extent, by a general tendency to be overly accepting of weak claims, which may be partly responsible for the prevalence of epistemically suspect beliefs writ large.
Why We Cooperate
A key element of human morality is prosocial behavior. Humans are unique among animals in their willingness to pay costs to benefit unrelated friends and strangers. This cooperation is a critical…
Slow to Anger and Fast to Forgive: Cooperation in an Uncertain World
We study the experimental play of the repeated prisoner's dilemma when intended actions are implemented with noise. In treatments where cooperation is an equilibrium, subjects cooperate substantially…