Research

I study how individuals and groups make decisions and respond to social dilemmas. I build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behavior in social contexts with a focus on motivations, identity, comprehension, and informed policy decisions. My methods include scale development and validation, model testing, multi-level/SEM, meta-analysis, implicit measurement, reproducible and documented code, and systematic review.

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.

Key review: How policy options are communicated by governments and businesses.

Key empirical findings: Individuals signal their group memberships by doing or avoiding visible pro-environmental behaviors (1, 2); self-reports of environmentalist identification are more predictive than implicit measures; there is gender bias in conference talk invitations.

Key methods contributions: Self-report scales for pro-environmental behaviors (21 items), actions that mitigate climate change (15 items), and identifying as an environmentalist (4 items); also an implicit measure of identifying with a group.

Key commentaries: Political polarization; climate change inaction.

All PDFs below.


2018

Brick, C., & Lai, C. K. (2018). Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental action. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 58, 8-17. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.07.003
empirical — pdfsupplement

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. doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0121-9
review — pdfsupplement

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. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03809-5
empirical — pdf

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. doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/785qu
methods — pdf

Busic-Sontic, A., & Brick, C. (2018). Personality trait effects on green household installations. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1), 8. doi.org/10.1525/collabra.120
empirical — pdf

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. doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2018.1454339
empirical — pdf

Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). Yawning at the apocalypse. The Psychologist, 31, 30-35. British Psychological Society. bit.ly/2OVBn6u
invited commentary — pdf

Brick, C., & Spiegelhalter, D. J. (2018). Winners and losers: Communicating the potential impacts of policies: commentary on Zeller. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
invited commentary

Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). How identity, not issues, explains the partisan divide. Scientific American Mind. bit.ly/2vqSeWi
invited commentary — pdf

Brick, C., & van der Linden, S. L. (2018). Psychologists and the largest social dilemma in history. European Bulletin of Social Psychology, 30, 2. bit.ly/2wc2Isi
invited commentary — pdf

2017

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.04.004
empirical — pdfsupplement

2016

Brick, C., & Lewis, G. J. (2016). Unearthing the “green” personality: Core traits predict environmentally friendly behavior. Environment and Behavior, 48(5), 635-658. doi.org/10.1177/0013916514554695
empirical — pdf

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. doi.org/10.1177/0272989X15570114
empirical — pdf

2015

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. doi.org/10.1177/0013916514554695
empirical

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. doi.org/10.1037/hea0000101
empirical — pdf

2013

Brick, C., & Conrardy, M. (2013). Why doesn’t the public respond to climate change? Ecology.com. bit.ly/1P6qTux
invited commentary — pdf

2010

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. doi.org/10.1080/15402001003622925
empirical — pdf

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. doi.org/10.1080/01690960903474912
empirical — pdf

 

Media Coverage (selected)

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?

Medium.com (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.


Teaching

 

 

At UCSB, I received the Excellence in Teaching Award, given to ≤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


Honors

 

 

 

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


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