Behavioral Scientist is a non-profit digital magazine that offers readers original, thought-provoking reports from the front lines of behavioral science. Born out of the labs and offices of leading researchers, practitioners, and journalists, our mission is to help our readers make sense of today’s world through a deeper understanding of human behavior.

We publish articles on today’s most pressing social, political, economic, and technological challenges, with a focus on original columns and commentaries from leading academic and applied behavioral scientists and designers. On our site, you will also find reports on developments in the field, summaries of new key findings, interviews with experts, coverage of recently published books, and curated content from across the web—meaning you will be able to find the latest behavioral science research and thought all in one place.

We maintain a strong commitment to smart science and honest journalism while rejecting hype and hyperbole. We aim to build the Behavioral Scientist into the defining source for news and analysis in the field. And we hope to cultivate the field’s community and conscience by bringing together behavioral scientists and the broader public without shying away from key discussions and debates.

Behavioral Scientist is an editorially-independent magazine, whose mission is financially supported by our reader membership program, individual donations, grants, and a consortium of behavioral science organizations, listed below.


Organizational partners believe in the Behavioral Scientist’s mission to help people make sense of today’s world through a deeper understanding of human behavior.

In addition to direct funding, organizational partners and donors also support Behavioral Scientist through in-kind contributions (e.g. the use of products and services that help offset operating expenses).

Organizational partners do not play a role in the editorial decisions of the magazine. When partners, either individual or representatives of organizations, are named in our stories, we disclose them on those pages.

Founding Partners

ideas42 is a non-profit organization that uses behavioral science to design scalable solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems. ideas42 has provided funding and in-kind support since the launch of the Behavioral Scientist in 2017.

Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) is a global community of public and private sector decision makers, behavioral science researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners with a bold mission to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research that serves the public interest. BSPA has provided funding and in-kind support since the launch of the Behavioral Scientist in 2017.

The Center for Decision Research (CDR), at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, is devoted to developing better understandings of human behavior and experience. CDR provided funding from 2017-2020 to help launch the Behavioral Scientist.

2023 Supporting Partners

2023 Organizational Sponsors

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Additional Support

Support for web development and writing workshops has been provided by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science.

Founded in 1987, the John Templeton Foundation supports research and dialogue on the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. The Foundation funds work on subjects ranging from black holes and evolution to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. It also encourages civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, theologians, and the public at large.

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