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Areas of Research

Dietrich College research is eclectic and interdisciplinary, yet shares one common quality: excellence in applied research. Below is a sample of areas that Dietrich College faculty excel in. Browse our research centers and news section to learn more.


behavioral decisionBehavioral Economics
CMU is a pioneer of the behavioral economics field, with its roots tracing back to Nobel laureate Herbert A. Simon. And George Loewenstein, a professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, is a co-founder of the field. Behavioral economics builds on the fields of psychology, economics, neuroscience and public policy to answer applied and theoretical questions about decision making. Topics include trust and fairness, memory and decision making, saving and spending behavior, public health issues like prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and reduction in obesity, privacy, risk perception and social networking.



brain-and-mindBrain and Mind
For more than 50 years, Dietrich College researchers have been working to achieve historic breakthroughs in psychology and computational neuroscience to tackle multifaceted problems, such as how we learn – and how it can be improved - and disorders like autism and dyslexia.  Dietrich College faculty have consistently demonstrated a willingness to break down disciplinary barriers, reaching across schools, colleges, departments and centers to work together to solve real-world problems.



human-rights-scienceHuman Rights Science
Dietrich College historians, philosophers, statisticians and policy experts are working together to assess and improve the state of human rights around the world.  The three main focal areas are civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict; post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification; and human rights documentation and data analysis.



international-relationsInternational Relations and Politics
Undergraduates, graduate students and faculty apply scientific findings and reasoning to problems in the political sphere with a distinct CMU advantage - to investigate issues, be they functional or specific to a country or region, through interdisciplinary research that combines fields such as social science and engineering in the same study.