Shira Moolten ’21

Major

Psychology

Project Title

Norm Dynamics and Rapid Decarbonization

My internship involved several projects, including two major ones. The first was a meta-analysis on environmental behaviors, for which we compiled research papers that assess the relationship between environmental behaviors and games played in laboratory experiments such as the Prisoner’s Dilemma game. The idea of this project was that people’s behavior during certain psychological games is indicative of how they behave in relation to the environment. The second major project was a multifaceted research project called Corporate Climates. For this, I looked into developing a survey of financial-sector employees regarding their feelings about the environmental ethics of their organizations and how they might be able to influence those ethics.

* This internship is connected to the HMEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Norm Dynamics as Agents of Urban Social Change and Environmental Sustainability: Investigating Cross-Cultural Differences and Longevity of Intervention.”



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Innovation and a New Energy Future

Organization(s)

Behavioral Science for Policy Lab, Princeton University

Mentor(s)

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; Jordana Composto, Ph.D. candidate, Psychology; Sara Constantino, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, and Lecturer in the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Alicia Cooperman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies