Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. Drawing insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, her research examines human judgment and decision making. As an undergraduate research assistant, you would work with Dr. Lerner and her team on a variety of projects relevant to economics, finance, public health, and national security. Read more about High-Impact Research in Decision Science
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. Read more about Aggression & Decision-Making
We are interested in what factors drive people to sometimes seek out information, and other times avoid it. People frequently spend time and resources seeking out information that is useless except for satisfying curiosity. Read more about Reward Outcome Information Preferences
There is broad agreement that private philanthropic investment is poised to have an increasingly important impact across world regions. Yet those who seek to optimize the impact of philanthropy and social investing are hindered by a lack of reliable data and knowledge regarding philanthropic resources and trends. Read more about Global Institutional Philanthropy Study
Description: We conduct research investigating the cognitive and neural basis of episodic memory—the ability to remember events from the personal past—and processes leading to memory distortions. We utilize cognitive and behavioral testing as well as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in healthy younger and older volunteers and individuals with clinical conditions known to affect memory processes, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Student RAs are responsible for conducting cognitive testing in healthy younger and older
The SCAN lab studies how humans understand the thoughts, feelings and mental states of other people. We employ both functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral methods to study the neural correlates and processes of social cognition. For more information about lab research please see our website: http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~scanlab/papers.html. Research assistants help prepare experimental stimuli, recruit and screen subjects, and conduct behavioral and fMRI experiments. Students have the opportunity to become involved in all levels of research including designing
This research involves laboratory experiments that expose subjects to stimuli that simulate racial segregation and measures their response. The student researcher is responsible for working directly with the program director to help create stimuli using Photoshop or other design software.
Are there different reasons that compel individuals to migrate from Mexico to the United States in different periods? How does the economic and political context in both countries influence who comes? To answer these questions, quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods will be used in this project led by Filiz Garip.
This research project examines the physiological processes underlie behavioral responses to shifts in bargaining power and how variation in these physiological processes explains differences in individuals' bargaining. We are also interested in how anxiety mediates the relationship between media cues and foreign policy attitudes.
Professor Daniel Gilbert is an experimental social psychologist whose methods run from large-scale survey research (Killingsworth & Gilbert, 2010) to brain imaging (Mitchell, Schirmer, Ames, & Gilbert, 2010), but that generally focus on laboratory-based studies of human behavior. Gilbert's primary research focus over the last 15 years has been on the errors people make when attempting to predict their emotional reactions to future events. The research assistant funded through IQSS is working on