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College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Partington

Class of 2020

 Scott Partington

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

What is your College Scholar project?
My College Scholar project focuses on the interplay between social psychology, behavioral economics, moral and political philosophy, and 21st century technology design. I’m most interested in questions along the lines of: How does technology design (“choice architectures”) shape users’ decisions, preferences, and values? How might smartphone technologies be re-designed to align the behaviors they induce with our goals as individuals and citizens? I intended to examine these topics (and many more) through empirical, computational, and theoretical methods.  

What are your most important extra-curricular activities?
My favorite extracurricular activities are being a research assistant in a social psychology lab and an editor for Logos, a philosophy journal edited by Cornell undergrads. 

Talk about any summer internships or programs you’ve attended?
In the summer of 2017, I had the fantastic experience of helping conduct research in a social psychology lab at Cornell. I was able to continue with research through the subsequent semesters, and I highly recommend that undergraduates seek out research opportunities on campus. The practice of doing “hands on” research is not only a rewarding challenge and the perfect complement to learning a subject through regular coursework— it’s also a lot of fun! 

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
In the future, I hope to continue pursuing my interests in psychology, philosophy, design, and writing— or some combination of all the above.