ESC & Public policies

The Evolution and Social Cognition team aims to apply some of the insights gained in behavioural sciences to societal issues. We do this is several different ways.


Collaborations with public institutions

Collaborations with economists on RCTs

Coralie Chevallier, with Huillery, E., Algan, Y. and Bouguen, A. The Impact of a Large-Scale Mindset Intervention on School Outcomes and Dropouts: Experimental Evidence from France. This randomized experiment tests the impact of motivation in school behaviour, outcomes and dropouts, using student level data from 97 middle schools in France. The intervention involves 12 treatments sessions aiming to develop pupils' "grit" (3 sessions per year, from grade 6 to grade 9). In total, around 25,000 students will take part in the study, half in the treatment group and half in the control group. Results expected in 2018.)

Publications for general audiences

Academic publications

  • Baumard, N. (in press) Evolutionary Psychology and Public Policy, in D. Buss (Ed.) The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Baumard, N. (2014) For public policies, our evolved psychology is the problem AND the solution (commentary to "Evolving the future: toward a science of intentional change" by Wilson, Hayes, Biglan and Embry), BBS, 37(4), p. 418.

Blogging at the ICCI