Aggression & Decision-Making

Faculty Member: Professor Joshua Buckholtz

We are interested in how and why people make poor cost-benefit decisions in order to harm others. For example, why might someone choose to hurt another person in a dispute when the consequences for this action loom large? This project will investigate how and why people make decisions to aggress using a series of behavioral tasks looking at traits such as aggression, decision-making, impulsivity, and cognitive flexibility.

Description of RA Duties: We are looking for a research assistant with programming experience (specifically in Javascript) to help design, code, and analyze a series of behavioral tasks.

Requirements: Interested students should have some experience programming in Javascript. Other programming abilities (python, R) are useful but not required. Some knowledge of statistics or background in mathematics also useful but not required. Must be a Harvard College undergraduate.

To apply, please send your resume/C.V. to Hayley Dorfman at

This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. If hired, students will participate in the IQSS URS program. Scholars must be current Harvard College undergraduates.