Matthew Ryan Sisco

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Behavioral Data Scientist

I am currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Behavioral Science for Policy Lab at Princeton University. At Princeton, I am primarily working on analysis and write up of a large-scale multi-method study on behavioral responses to climate change and air pollution (ICAPP). I completed my PhD in quantitative psychology at Columbia University with a specialization in data science as an IGERT fellow with the computer science department. I am an affiliate scientist at the European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE). I work on developing computational methods for use in behavioral research. My methodological expertise includes text analysis, machine learning, big data mining, survey design, behavioral experiments, and regression analysis.

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Peer-reviewed Publications

Sisco, M.R. (2021). A review of the effects of weather experiences on climate change attitudes and behaviors. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 52, 111-117. [PDF]

Sisco, M.R., Pianta, S., Weber, E.U., & Bosetti, V. (2021). Global climate strikes sharply raise attention to climate change: Analysis of climate search behavior in 46 countries. Journal of Environmental Psychology 75, 101596. [PDF]

Emmerling, J., Navarro, P., & Sisco, M.R. (2021). Subjective well-being - empirical determinants and simulation results for the shared socioeconomic pathways. Social Indicators Research, 1-30. [PDF]

Pianta, S. & Sisco, M.R. (2020). A hot topic in hot times: how media coverage of climate change is affected by temperature abnormalities. Environmental Research Letters, 15 (11). [PDF]

O'Garra, T. & Sisco, M.R. (2020). The Effect of Anchors and Social Information on Behaviour. PLOS ONE, 15 (4). [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

Sisco, M.R., Constantino, S., Gao, Y., Tavoni, M., Cooperman, A., Bosetti, V., & Weber, E.U. (2022). Evidence for a Finite Pool of Attention to Climate Change, But Not a Finite Pool of Worry. Under review at Nature Climate Change. [Blitz talk], [Working Paper]

O'Brien, S., Tavoni, M, & Sisco, M.R. (2022). A cross-country analysis of climate policy support in the United States, China, and Italy. Under review at Climate Policy.

Sisco, M.R. & Weber, E.U. (2022). Local warming increases climate policy support: Analysis of internet searches and US congressional vote shares. Under review at Global Environmental Change.

Working Papers

Sisco, M.R., & Weber, E.U. (2022). Evaluating computational methods to automatically detect emotions in text. In preparation.

Schneider, C.R., Sisco, M.R., Shohamy, D., & Weber, E.U. (2022). 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 have experience teaching introductory statistics and graduate level statistics for behavioral science.

In 2020, I developed a new course for Columbia University titled Behavioral Data Science. See the syllabus, lab assignment examples [1][2][3], student reviews [here] and a mini-lecture for more information.

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