Matthew Ryan Sisco

Research Tools Consulting CV
Nature photos by Matt Sisco

Behavioral Data Scientist

I am a PhD fellow at Columbia University and a member of the Behavioral Science for Policy Lab at Princeton University. I work in the department of psychology and I am a data science IGERT fellow with the computer science department at Columbia. I am an affiliate scientist at the European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE). My interests are at the intersection of psychology and computer science. I work on developing computational methods for use in psychological research. I use data science methods to conduct psychological research and build data science tools. I often apply these tools to study environmental decisions and prosocial behavior.


Peer-reviewed Publications

O'Garra, T. & Sisco, M.R. (2020). The Effect of Anchors and Social Information on Behaviour. PLOS ONE. [PDF]

Sisco, M.R., & Weber, E.U. (2019). Examining charitable giving in real-world online donations. Nature Communications, 10. [PDF]

Sisco, M.R., Bosetti, V. & Weber, E.U. (2017). When do weather events generate attention to climate change? Climatic Change, 143 (1-2), 227-241. doi:10.1007/s10584-017-1984-2. [PDF]

Gong, M., Lempert, R., Parker, A., Mayer, L. A., Fischbach, J., Sisco, M.R., Mao, Z., Krantz, D.H. & Kunreuther, H. (2017). Testing the scenario hypothesis: An experimental comparison of scenarios and forecasts for decision support in a complex decision environment. Environmental Modelling & Software, 91, 135-155. [PDF]

Papers Under Review

Pianta, S. & Sisco, M.R. (2020). Is media coverage of climate change affected bychanges in temperature? A six-year analysis ofclimate change media attention across 28 European countries. Under review at Environmental Research Letters.

Emmerling, J., Navarro, P., & Sisco, M.R. (2020). Subjective well-being - empirical determinants and simulations results for the shared socioeconomic pathways. Under review at Journal of Happiness Studies.

Sisco, M.R., Pianta, S., Weber, E.U., & Bosetti, V. (2020). Global climate strikes sharply raise attention to climate change: Analysis of climate search behavior in 46 countries. Submitted to Nature Climate Change.

Sisco, M.R. & Weber, E.U. (2020). Abnormal temperatures increase climate policy support. Submitted to the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Conference.

Working Papers

Sisco, M.R., & Weber, E.U. (2020). Evaluating computational methods to automatically detect emotions in text. In preparation.

Schneider, C.R., Sisco, M.R., Shohamy, D., & Weber, E.U. (2020). Uncovering the mechanism of the primacy effect in choice behavior: How we value choice options depends on serial position. In preparation.


Emotion detection in text cloud software

Coming soon!

Apartment Value NYC

Regression-based rental price estimates for apartments in NYC.

Mindnet Analytics

Streaming social media monitoring and analytics.


I currently have some limited availabilty for consulting projects in data science and behavioral science.

Feel free to contact me directly or find me on Upwork.
403b Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY, 10026