Harvard’s Decision Sciences Laboratory (HDSL) is an interdisciplinary research facility, led by several distinguished social scientists*, that explores the intersection of psychology, economics, and neuroscience in an effort to better understand the pathways that shape judgment and decisionmaking. Using biometric as well as cognitive indicators, HDSL supports basic behavioral (as distinguished from brain imaging) research in human judgment and behavioral economics. At least equally important, its leaders are committed to translating this knowledge to improve the work of policymakers responsible for making high-stakes decisions. For example, HDSL will likely offer training to intelligence analysts at the Department of Homeland Security early next year. This proposed grant nicely parallels our grant for ideas42 , housed in Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science and led by Sendhil Mullainathan, which applies behavioral economics to problems of poverty in developing countries as well as the United States.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change research
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School is dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics, and public policy. Given the rise of misinformation, the center has created the Technology and Social Change research project to rapidly build the field of critical internet studies across academia, working with policymakers, industry, and newsrooms. This grant will in part support the expansion of a shared digital research infrastructure.
for support of a new university center on economy and society
Harvard University will use this grant to create a new center that will foster research and curriculum development, as well as work with other university centers being established to cultivate a network that will develop new thinking around political economy, economy, and society.
for the Cyber Project at the Belfer Center
This grant to the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School will provide ongoing support to its Cyber Project, which focuses its research, education, and convening around the central premise that "Cybersecurity is National Security." The Cyber Project aims to address domestic and international cybersecurity and emerging technology policy questions, while also providing recommendations and actionable policy frameworks to varied audiences. This grant will also support the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P), which generates programming, recommendations, and publications to support stakeholders who are vital to democracy, throughout the 2020 election cycle.