I research how people respond to society-level problems from climate change to local city planning. I build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behavior in social contexts with a focus on motivations, identity, comprehension, and policy decisions.

I am a postdoc Research Associate at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in Maths, with a joint appointment in Psychology, and am a By-Fellow of Churchill College, all at the University of Cambridge. I completed a PhD in Social Psychology at University of California, Santa Barbara, and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, NY.

· Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab
· Water, Behavior, & Policy Group, UCSB
· Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science
· Psychological Science Accelerator


Brick, C., & Lai, C. K. (2018). Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental action. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 58, 8-17.
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Brick, C., Freeman, A. L. J., Wooding, S., Skylark, W. J., Marteau, T., & Spiegelhalter, D. J. (2018). Winners and losers: Communicating the potential impacts of policies. Palgrave Communications, 4, 69.
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Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). Yawning at the apocalypse. The Psychologist, 31, 30-35. British Psychological Society.
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Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). How identity, not issues, explains the partisan divide. Scientific American Mind.
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Ford, H., Brick, C., Blaufuss, K., & Dekens, P. S. (2018). Gender inequity in speaking opportunities at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Nature Communications, 9(1), 1358.
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Moshontz, H., Campbell, L., Ebersole, C. R., IJzerman, H., Urry, H. L., Forscher, P. S., … Chartier, C. R. (2018). The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing psychology through a distributed collaborative network. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.
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Busic-Sontic, A., & Brick, C. (2018). Personality trait effects on green household installations. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 8.
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Voisin, D., Brick, C., Valleé, B., & Pascual, A. (2018). When stereotype threat does not impair performance, self-affirmation can be harmful. Self & Identity, 1-18.
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Brick, C., Sherman, D. K., & Kim, H. S. (2017). "Green to be seen" and "brown to keep down": Visibility moderates the effect of identity on pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, 226-238.
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Brick, C., & Lewis, G. J. (2016). Unearthing the “green” personality: Core traits predict environmentally friendly behavior. Environment and Behavior, 48(5), 635-658.
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Brick, C., McCully, S. N., Updegraff, J. A., Ehret, P. J., Areguin, M. A., & Sherman, D. K. (2016). The impact of cultural exposure and message framing on oral health behavior: Exploring the role of message memory. Medical Decision Making, 36(7), 834–843.
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Binning, K. R., Brick, C., Cohen, G. L., & Sherman, D. K. (2015). Going along versus getting it right: The role of self-integrity in political conformity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 73-88.

Updegraff, J. A., Brick, C., Emanuel, A. S., Mintzer, R. E., & Sherman, D. K. (2015). Message framing for oral health: Moderation by perceived susceptibility and motivational orientation in a diverse sample of Americans. Health Psychology, 34(1), 20-29.
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Brick, C., & Conrardy, M. (2013). Why doesn’t the public respond to climate change?
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Brick, C., Seely, D. L., & Palermo, T. M. (2010). Association between sleep hygiene and sleep quality in medical students. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 8(2), 113–121.
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Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brehm, L., Brick, C., Brown-Schmidt, S., Fischer, K., & Wagner, K. (2010). Carpet or cárcel: the effect of age of acquisition and language mode on bilingual lexical access. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25(5), 669-705.
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Media Coverage (see CV for full list)

The Guardian. Women not getting a fair say at academic conferences.

Psychology Today. Beyond the bystander effect.

The Atlantic. How vanity could save the planet.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio One. Psychology of water conservation.

Washington Post. Can your personality explain how you feel about the Keystone XL pipeline?


Blog & Video

YouTube (June 13, 2018). Do we have enough information when we vote? (June 13, 2018). Do you get all the information you need when voting in referendums?

Psychology Today (June 13, 2018). The new science of communicating policy options.

Psychology Today (April 25, 2018). Personality and green energy installations. Guest blogger: Ante Busic-Sontic.

Psychology Today (July 24, 2017). Beyond the bystander effect: Helping others depends on our identities and whether anyone is watching.




At UCSB, I received the Excellence in Teaching Award, given to less than 1% of nominated instructors. I also earned a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. I have taught six different courses as the instructor of record at both Hamilton College and UCSB:

Social Psychology 

Health Psychology

Psychology of Sustainability

Environmental Psychology

Introduction to Psychology

Senior Thesis





2017   Pitch Competition for Early Career Social Scientists, 1st place, University of Cambridge

2014   SPSP/EASP Summer School Fellowship

2013   Graduate Fellowship in Psychology, Environment, and Public Policy

2013   NIDCR Building Bridges Award, APS Convention 2013

2013   Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Barbara

2011    Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation

Research Talk Demo — Pro-environmental Behavior

Teaching Demo — Environmental Psychology class