Sydney E. Scott

Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1156
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Sydney Scott

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. I study how consumers make judgments and decisions. I am interested in topics such as: morality and consumption, preferences for natural products (e.g., organic food, alternative medicines, non-GMO products), and health decision making. For example, my recent research has focused on when and how our moral beliefs reduce the appeal of certain products (e.g., GMO foods, medical treatments).

My Ph.D. was a joint degree in Marketing and Psychology from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2012.

Scott, Sydney E., Paul Rozin, and Deborah A. Small (2020), “Consumers Prefer “Natural” More for Preventatives than for Curatives”, Journal of Consumer Research, forthcoming.

Scott, Sydney E. and Paul Rozin (2020), “Actually, Natural is Neutral”, Nature Human Behaviour, forthcoming.

Fernbach, Philip M., Nicholas Light, Sydney E. Scott, Yoel Inbar, and Paul Rozin (2019), “Extreme Opponents of Genetically Modified Foods Know the Least but Think They Know the Most,” Nature Human Behaviour, 3, 251-6.

Scott, Sydney E., Yoel Inbar, Christopher D. Wirz, Dominique Brossard, and Paul Rozin (2018), “An Overview of Attitudes toward Genetically Engineered Food,” Annual Review of Nutrition, 38, 459-79.

Scott, Sydney E. and Paul Rozin (2017), “Are Additives Unnatural? Generality and Mechanisms of Additivity Dominance.” Judgment and Decision Making, 12 (6), 572–83.

Scott, Sydney E., Yoel Inbar, and Paul Rozin (2016), “Evidence for Absolute Moral Opposition to Genetically Modified Food in the United States.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11 (3), 315-24.

Mcgraw, A. Peter, Derick F. Davis, Sydney E. Scott, and Philip E. Tetlock (2016), “The Price of Not Putting a Price on Love.” Judgment and Decision Making, 40 (11), 40-7.

Baron, Jonathan, Sydney Scott, Katrina Fincher, and S. Emlen Metz (2015), “Why Does the Cognitive Reflection Test (Sometimes) Predict Utilitarian Moral Judgment (and Other Things)?” Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 4 (3), 265-84.

Rozin, Paul, Sydney E. Scott, Hana F. Zickgraf, Flora Ahn, & Hong Jiang (2014), “Asymmetrical Social Mach Bands: Exaggeration of Social Identities on the More Esteemed Side of Group Borders.” Psychological Science, 25 (10), 1955-59.

Mellers, Barbara, Lyle Ungar, Jonathan Baron, Jaime Ramos, Burcu Gurcay, Katrina Fincher, Sydney E. Scott, Don Moore, Pavel Atanasov, Samuel A. Swift, Terry Murray, Eric Stone, and Philip E. Tetlock (2014), “Psychological Strategies for Winning Geopolitical Forecasting Tournaments.” Psychological Science, 25 (5), 1106-15.

Tetlock, Philip E., S. Emlen Metz, Sydney E. Scott, and Peter Suedfeld (2014), “Integrative Complexity Coding Raises Integratively Complex Issues.” Political Psychology, 35 (5), 625-34.

Rozin, Paul, Sydney Scott, Megan Dingley, Joanna K. Urbanek, Hong Jiang, and Mark Kaltenbach (2011), “Nudge to Nobesity I: Minor Changes in Accessibility Decrease Food Intake.” Judgment and Decision Making, 6 (4), 322-31.