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Brain Scans Link Concern For Justice With Reason, Not Emotion

Recent work of SPI investigator, Jean Decety finds that people who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion...read more

Prestigious French newspaper, Le Monde features the work of Jean Decety

SPI Investigator, Jean Decety’s work, including his cross-cultural project on morality, is highlighted in this article in Le Monde...read more

Understanding Altruism, Sharing and the Positive Side Of Human Nature

The work of SPI Researcher Michael Price is featured an article exploring current research on prosocial behavior from the perspectives of physiology and economics...read more

SPI Researcher Jean Decety Awarded The 22nd Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize of the Foundation Ipsen

The international jury under the presidency of Prof. Albert Galaburda (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) awarded on November 19th, 2013 the 22nd Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology...read more

SPI Researcher Jean Decety Awarded The 22nd Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology Prize of the Foundation Ipsen

The international jury under the presidency of Prof. Albert Galaburda (Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA) awarded on November 19th, 2013 the 22nd Jean-Louis Signoret Neuropsychology...read more

What Can Opt-Out Boxes Teach Us About Giving to Charity?

We worked with Smile Train on a daring solicitation idea that paid off. In 1985 Coca Cola felt like it had to reboot its image. Pepsi had all the momentum in the cola wars thanks to the Pepsi...read more

John List Discusses the "Stubborn 2% Giving Rate"

Is philanthropic giving stuck? For the past four decades, the giving rate, as a share of GDP, remains around 2% ...read more

SPI's Idea Contest is featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviews SPI executive Director, Edie Dobrez, about SPI's Idea Contest. Enter the contest here.
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SPI highlighted in Advancing Philanthropy Magazine

SPI is featured in the Association of Fundraising Professional's member magazine, Advancing Philanthropy....read more

Study Finds Women’s Generosity More Swayed by Social Pressure

In door-to-door solicitations, men and women tend to be equally generous in their giving. But what happens when solicitees are given ...read more

How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children's Empathy

Do children become more empathetic after a disaster? The answer may depend on their age. Jean Decety, SPI researcher, and his team ...read more

Research Shows the Brain Quickly Determines the Intent of Harmful Actions

SPI researcher Jean Decety's recent work on "the speed of morality" finds that individuals are able to tell very quickly whether ...read more

The Role of Emotion in the Study of Morality

Jean Decety, SPI researcher, finds that emotion, rather than deliberate reasoning, compromises a major component and source of morality. ...read more

John List's Work Influences the Tax Code Discussion

SPI-related research enters into the tax policy conversation. Peter Orszag, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at ...read more

John List Advocates Experiments in Economics

John List discussed the importance of the experimental methods and behavioral economics at the Marburg Memorial Lecture at Marquette University. ...read more

Generosity that Comes but Twice a Year

SPI related research is being discussed on the other side of the world - the Sydney Morning Herald looks to John List and co-authors' paper on ...read more

John List's Interview with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

John List again speaks on the importance of field experiments - this time with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. John List stresses the importance of ...read more

Week in Ideas: Spotlight on Philanthropic Giving

John List's field experiment work in philanthropic giving is featured in The Wall Street Journal's "Week in Ideas." The Wall Street Journal concludes from ...read more

Developing a Science of Philanthropy

SPI was years in the making - in a press release in 2011, John List discusses the importance of developing a 'science of philanthropy.' Even though philanthropic ...read more

What Makes People Give?

This New York Times article provides us with a little background on John List's work in the area of philanthropy. As far back as 2004, John List was conducting ...read more

Media Releases


  • Introducing the Science of Philanthropy Initiative
  • John List on Science of Philanthropy
  • Message from Edie Dobrez, SPI Executive Director.
  • The Science of Philanthropy Initiative (2014 video)
  • New to Behavioral Economics? Watch this video to learn about behavioral economics, and why we need experiments.