Pro-Social Behaviors Related Programs

The Institute for the Social Sciences’ collaborative project on Pro-Social Behaviors has synergies with other programs and initiatives at Cornell that are led by affiliates of the ISS project:

Conferences and Workshops

Bringing the Lab and the Field Workshop
This workshop at the 12th International Conference on Web and Social Media on June 25th, 2018 will explore the methodological middle ground between the field and the lab.  Research using repurposed observational data from online platforms has transformed the study of online behavior , but present challenges for establishing causality and replication. On the other hand, experimental studies offer high internal validity, discovery of causal relationships, and ease of replication, but the rigid control can limit generalizability. This workshop will showcase more naturalistic experimental paradigms, innovative tools and methods, and challenges in conducting research to optimize both internal and ecological validity.


Cornell ILR School Experimental Psychology in Organizations Lab
The ExPO Lab in the ILR School aims to advance knowledge about fundamental psychological processes relevant to human attitudes, cognitions and behavior in organizations by producing high-quality experimental research, training students in the design and execution of experimental research, and building a collaborative research culture within ILR.
  Social Media Lab
The faculty and students working in the Social Media Lab at Cornell are interested in the way people live, behave, think, share, and love online.  The SML investigates a variety of behaviors that take place online, including language processes, self-presentation on social networking sites, online social support and health, and the formation of attributions and relationships.  The Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and Cornell University.
Youth Risk and Opportunity Lab
The YRO lab seeks to understand development and risks faced through adolescence and into young adulthood. We began as a program focused specifically on self-injury behavior, but have since expanded to consider broader questions of youth health and well being. We are currently running studies on self-injury and sexuality. All of our studies are motivated by translating what we and other scholars learn into materials that will be useful to practitioners and the community at large.


The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR) in the College of Human Ecology (CHE) capitalizes on one of the most dynamic and exciting recent developments in the scientific community: the new emphasis on translational research (TR) as a means to more closely link the twin missions of research and outreach. TR is the systematic movement of research findings into the development of innovative interventions, practices, and policies that may ultimately improve health and well-being, and also the use of knowledge derived from interventions, practices, and policies to inform research.


  Department of Communication
The Department of Communication is dedicated to enhancing understanding of communication processes, institutions, systems, and practices; informing and educating a wide range of constituencies; and fostering communication competencies, all in service to ethical public discourse in a civil society committed to positive social change. Grounded in the theoretical and methodological rigor of the social sciences, we teach classes and conduct research on real-world communication problems related to media, health, agriculture, and the environment, among others.
Department of Information Science
Information Science examines information systems in their social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts. Studying technology and the ways in which technology is used is essential to the field.
cornell lake view Department of Organizational Behavior
The psychologists and sociologists who comprise the Department of Organizational Behavior use discipline-based theoretical perspectives to examine an array of empirical workplace phenomena. Their teaching and research focus on the impact of environmental, technological, and interpersonal relationships on work group and organizational dynamics.