David Rand

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Economics & Management
Yale University

What He Studies

Cooperation, which is an essential aspect of life for humans—important for workplace collaborations, environmental conservation, political participation, and international relations—but often comes with an individual cost.

In the news

The Science of Extreme Altruism: Why People Risk Their Lives to Save Strangers

The decision to save someone else's life in an emergency is typically an intuitive, split-second process, rather than the result of careful deliberation. The life-savers repeatedly said they didn't even think—they just acted.
— Vox


How to Prevent Summer Blackouts

Laboratory experiments, mathematical models and computer simulations all show that support for a public good substantially increases when reputation is at stake.
— The New York Times


Department of Psychology
Yale University
Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, Room 204
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-432-4500
Email: david.rand@yale.edu

Altruism & Cooperation experts