Carnegie Mellon University

Research

Researchers from Dietrich College are at the top of their fields. They’ve developed computer models that can help diagnose brain dysfunctions and can identify a person’s thoughts and emotions; educational software that has raised student achievement in underperforming school districts; and web-based tools for citizens to use to deliberate issues that affect their communities.

Learn more about some of our recent work below.

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Unique Fusion of Economics and Psychology Drives Carnegie Mellon’s Approach to Behavioral Economics

Companies, organizations and even governments are turning to behavioral economics. The reason: Smartly designed and implemented behavioral interventions change the way we make decisions, alter the way organizations operate and influence how policies are implemented.

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Polarization for Controversial Scientific Issues Increases With More Education

A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education. However, CMU researchers found that the opposite is true: people’s beliefs about scientific topics that are associated with their political or religious identities actually become increasingly polarized with education, as measured by years in school, science classes and science literacy.

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Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue Opportunities

Research on how our social lives affects decision-making has usually focused on negative factors like stress and adversity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the reverse: What makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed? CMU Psychology Professor Brooke Feeney made an important discovery.

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Model Driverless Car Regulations After Drug Approval Process, AI Ethics Experts Argue

Autonomous systems — like driverless cars — perform tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. In a new IEEE Intelligent Systems Expert Opinion piece, CMU artificial intelligence ethics experts David Danks and Alex John London argue that current safety regulations do not plan for these systems and are therefore ill-equipped to ensure that autonomous systems will perform safely and reliably.