Princeton University has announced a $10 million gift to establish a behavioral science and public policy center that recognizes the contributions of Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman to those fields.
The gift is from a Princeton parent who prefers to remain anonymous but who has long been an admirer of the work of Kahneman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton, and Treisman, the university's James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Emerita. Kahneman and Tresiman are married to each other.
The center will build on the research that earned Kahneman, currently a senior scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs, the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2002. That work integrated insights from psychological research into economics, with a focus on the psychology of judgment and decision-making. Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Wilson School, said the gift will support graduate and postdoctoral fellowships and provide flexible funding in support of new research projects, lecture series and conferences, the dissemination of research results, and connecting Princeton researchers with policy makers.
"We intend to bring together stellar faculty scholars, both within and outside the Princeton campus, with the increasing number of students who want to learn more about and conduct research in this field," said Rouse, who is the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. "The center will leverage the combined strengths of our faculty, increase the visibility of their research, and provide new scholarly opportunities for Princeton undergraduates and graduate students."