David Rand
Co-Director
David Rand is an Associate Professor of Management Science & Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His research combines a range of theoretical and experimental methods in an effort to explain the high levels of cooperation that typify human societies, and to uncover ways to promote cooperation in situations where it is lacking. He was named to Wired magazine’s Smart List 2012 of “50 people who will change the world,” chosen as a 2012 Pop!Tech Science Fellow, and received the 2015 Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Research.
Erez Yoeli
Co-Director
Erez Yoeli is a research associate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He uses game theory to study puzzling aspects of people's sense of rights, ethics, and altruism, then applies the lessons from this work to addressing real-world problems like increasing energy conservation, improving antiobiotic adherance, and reducing smoking in public places. Before cofounding ACT, Erez was an economist at the Federal Trade Commission.
Syon Bhanot
Senior Researcher
Syon Bhanot is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College, studying behavioral and public economics. His areas of interest include pro-social behavior, environmental conservation behavior, development, and personal finance decisions. He primarily runs field experiments that seek to improve our understanding of decision making, with a variety of partners in the US and abroad.
Gordon Kraft-Todd
Senior Researcher
Gordon Kraft-Todd is a 5th year PhD student. He is interested in the spread of prosocial behavior, particularly in the domain of public goods. He investigates such questions as: How do people learn to cooperate in social networks? What strategic role do emotions play in prosocial behavior? How do moral exemplars inspire others? What is the evolutionary basis of our moral decision-making? He is particularly interested in field experiments in order to demonstrate the potential of his findings for promoting real-world prosocial behavior.
Moshe Hoffman
Affiliate
Moshe Hoffman is a Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab and a Lecturer at Harvard's department of Economics. Moshe applies game theory to address psychological and philosophical questions, such as why we speak indirectly and why we consider lies of commission worse than lies of omission, with the help of models of evolution and learning, as well as laboratory and field experiments.
Bethany Burum
Affiliate
Bethany Burum is a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Harvard University. Trained as a social psychologist with a focus on laboratory experiments, her recent research aims to understand the hidden incentives that shape our preferences, beliefs, and ideologies, including our sense of rights, justice, beauty, and altruism. Bethany’s research draws on tools and evidence from multiple fields, including economics, history, philosophy, and studies of cultural evolution, with a particular emphasis on using psychological experiments to test theory.
Molly Moore
Affiliate
Molly Moore is a graduate student in Decision Making at Harvard Kennedy School, who harnesses behavioral science to promote real-world behavior change. She has worked on getting out the vote, increasing charitable contributions, and reducing campus sexual assault. Before graduate school, Molly attended Harvard College, where she concentrated in Economics with a secondary in Psychology. She has a passion for fitness and health. At Harvard, she was a varsity member of the Harvard-Radcliffe crew team and a Food Literacy Project Fellow. She continues to compete in crew, and served as an alternate for the USA Paralympic team in 2016.