Nicabec Casido ’23
Contextualizing Social Norms
I contributed to several focused meta-analysis projects during my internship. Two of these meta-analyses focused on the applicability of in-lab research to the real world by looking at the relationship between environmental behaviors, risky behavior, and how a person plays economic games in laboratory experiments. The meta-analysis I primarily focused on examined when people are most influenced by social norms — our understanding of what others most commonly do or believe. Our analysis of studies on this topic consisted of defining the context, norm messages and who delivered the messages, as well as creating a digital library of the many studies found. Once our papers were analyzed, we created data visualizations of the variety of study content (including the types of social-norm manipulations used and the populations studied) using PowerPoint and the statistical software R. The diversity of projects I collaborated on was a wonderful experience that helped influence my perspective on social psychology and my career interests moving forward.
* This internship is connected to the HMEI Urban Challenge project, “Norm Dynamics as Agents of Urban Social Change and Environmental Sustainability: Investigating Cross-Cultural Differences and Longevity of Intervention.”
Innovation and a New Energy Future
Behavioral Science for Policy Lab, Princeton University
Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs; Johanna Matt-Navarro, Research Lab Manager, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Gregg Sparkman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment