Bethany Burum

Bethany Burum is a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Harvard University. Trained as a social psychologist with a strong 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 rigorous theory.

Moshe Hoffman

Moshe Hoffman is a Research Scientist at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics and Lecturer at Harvard and MIT’s departments of Economics and Human and Evolution Biology. 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.

Michael Muthukrishna

Michael Muthukrishna is an Assistant Professor of Economic Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His research focuses on the psychological and evolutionary processes that underlie culture and how culture–including norms, values, beliefs, and behaviors–are transmitted, maintained, and modified. He uses a two-pronged methodological approach, building and testing evolutionary models using methods from experimental psychology and experimental economics. He is interested in the ways in which cultural evolutionary theories and evidence can inform public policy.