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From neurons to social networks, we examine how collective concerns—group identities, moral values, and political beliefs—shape the mind, brain, and behavior. To study these issues, we employ methods from cognitive neuroscience, social cognition, behavioral economics, and computational social science.


Social media and morality.

Van Bavel, J. J., *Robertson, C., *del Rosario, K., Rasmussen, J., & *Rathje, S., (2024). Annual Review of Psychology, 75. 


Leveraging neuroscience for climate change research.

Doell, K., Berman, M. G., Bratman, G. N., Kuhn, S., Knutson, B., Lamm, C., Pahl, S., Sawe, N., Van Bavel, J. J., White, M., & Brosch, T. (2023). Nature Climate Change, 13, 1288-1297.

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A synthesis of evidence for policy from behavioral science during COVID-19.

Ruggeri, K., Stock, F., Haslam, S.A., Capraro, V., Boggio, P., Ellemers, N., Cichocka, A., Douglas, K. M., Rand, D. G., van der Linden, S., Cikara, M., Finkel, E., Druckman, J. N., Wohl, M. A., Petty, R., Tucker, J. A., Shariff, A., Gelfand, M., Packer, D., Jetten, J., Van Lange, P., Pennycook, G., Peters, E., Baicker, K., Crum, A., Weeden, K., Napper, L. E., Tabri, N., Zaki, J., Skitka, L., Kitayama, S., Mobbs, D., Sunstein, C., Ashcroft-Jones, S., Todsen, A. L., Hajian, A., Verra, S. E., Buehler, V., Friedemann, M., Hecht, M., Mobarak, R. S., Karakasheva, R., Tünte, M., T., Yeung, S. K., Rosenbaum, R. S., Lep, Ž., Yamada, Y., Hudson, S. T. J., Macchia, L., Soboleva, I., Dimant, E., Geiger, S. J., Jarke, H., Wingen, T., Berkessel, J. B., Mareva, S., McGill, L., Papa, F., Većkalov, B., Afif, Z., Buabang, E. K., Landman, M., Tavera, F., Andrews, J., Bursalıoğlu, A., Zupan, Z., Wagner, L., Navajas, J., Vranka, M., Kasdan, D. O., Chen, P., Hudson, S.T.J., Novak, L. M., Teas, P. E., Rachev, N. R., Galizzi, M.M., Milkman, K. L., Petrović, M.B., Van Bavel, J. J., & Willer, R. (2023). Nature.

Beyond doom and gloom, here's how to stimulate climate action

Madalina Vlasceanu & Jay Van Bavel

 February 2024, Scientific American


Why we click on stuff we know we won't like.

Steve Rathje & Jay Van Bavel

 December 2023, The Boston Globe

This leadership approach can help anyone build a shared mission.

Jay Van Bavel & Dominic Packer

 January 2023, Quartz

Our research has been cited over 140 times across 128 public policy documents globally. To see an up-to-date list of what policies have cited our research, click here



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