Team Members

David Rand
Co-Director

David Rand is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics, and Management at Yale University, and the Director of Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory. 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 Mazagine’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.

Syon Bhanot

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.

Erez Yoeli
Co-Director

Erez Yoeli is a research scientist at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics (PED). 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 antibiotic adherence, and reducing smoking in public places. Before joining PED, Erez was an economist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Gordon Kraft-Todd

Gordon Kraft-Todd is a 2nd year Psychology PhD student at Yale University. His research focuses on effective moral learning; or how the evolution of learning and moral cognition can be leveraged to encourage real-world prosocial behavior. To address this question, he is interested in integrating various methodologies, including machine learning, agent-based simulations, social network analysis, behavioral experiments, and field experiments. He is particularly interested in prosocial behavior in the context of public goods such as education, energy, health care, natural resources, and social welfare.

Preeti Srinivasan

Preeti Srinivasan is a master’s student in the International & Development Economics program at Yale University. She earned her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience & Evolutionary Psychology from Harvard University. Her research interests are most devoted to the fields of behavioral economics, social psychology, international development, and decision-making.