Gordon Kraft-Todd

PhD Student in New Haven, Connecticut

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I am a 2nd year Psychology PhD student at Yale University. My research focuses on effective moral learning; or how the evolution of learning and moral cognition can be leveraged to encourage real-world prosocial behavior. To address this question, I am interested in integrating various methodologies, including machine learning, agent-based simulations, social network analysis, behavioral experiments, and field experiments. I am particularly interested in prosocial behavior in the context of public goods such as education, energy, health care, natural resources, and social welfare.

I work in the Human Cooperation Lab in the Psychology Department of Yale University with Prof. David Rand. Along with a few other collaborators, we have founded the Applied Cooperation Team at Yale to foster relationships with field partners to test our lab findings in the real world.

Before graduate school, I was an RA in many labs, e.g. these at Harvard and Mass General Hospital. I received my AB from Harvard College in 2007 with an independently designed major in Leadership. While there, I co-founded the Leadership Institute at Harvard College. I owe much of my knowledge about leadership and prosocial behavior to Camp Becket, where I spent 13 happy summers.

  • Education
    • Yale University
    • Harvard College