Rakefet Cohen Ben-Arye

Social psychology Ph.D. candidate @ Bar-Ilan University
142 karmaJoined Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)



A Social-Organizational Psychology Ph.D. candidate.

Research interests: animal advocacy, promoting plant-based choices - possibly with AI, and alternative proteins.

Skills: SPSS, Jamovi, and R.

How others can help me

Collaborating in the field of alternative proteins, animal advocacy, and AI usage to promote plant-based choices. Currently, I am looking for postdoc opportunities in China where the demand for meat is expected to grow rapidly.

How I can help others

Prompt engineering and consultation for researchers, individuals, and organizations on how to pick the most suitable AI for their needs.


This is a masterpiece.
These were the key points for me from the article:

  • Unitarianism: the view that the moral value of welfare is independent of a being's species. Even if we value one unit of human welfare one hundred times more than one unit of another animal's welfare, the conclusion still supports prioritizing animal welfare
  • 1$=200 hens: corporate campaigns can spare over 200 hens from cage confinement for each dollar spent, according to GiveWell.
  • 1,000: The average cost-effectiveness of cage-free campaigns is on the order of 1,000 times that of GiveWell's top charities. Even if the campaigns' marginal cost-effectiveness is ten times worse than the average, it would still be one hundred times more cost-effective
  • 17%: Open Philanthropy has allocated an average of only 17% of its neartermist funding to animal welfare each year
  • Controversial: Yes, animal welfare is "controversial," but so is AI risk, which is one of Open Philanthropy's priorities.

    I would like to add that if you perform an intervention to shift society towards a more plant-based diet, you have solved all of the animal's problems as opposed to the case in which you prevented malaria, for example, in which some problems for the same individual still remain.

I was recommended Perplexity for looking for course materials.

You can search academic databases, as well as perform broad searches on the web or YouTube.

Provide context like ChatGPT does. For your purpose, mention that you are building a course on artificial intelligence and psychology and give details about it.

Hi Seth, that's really interesting!

I noticed you've included the default effect in your work. I have some article summaries that might be helpful, especially if you're still in the process of reviewing additional papers.

In fact, we're planning to measure actual plant-based choices in our next experiment, so your insights are particularly valuable!

Thumbs up!

I run 3 Facebook pages but I still use now Stay Focused. Recommended!


I'm a Psychology graduate.

If you or anyone else from Effective Altruism is struggling, please contact me! ♥

I'm not a clinical psychologist (I'm currently a social psychology MA student) but I started up my studies because I love people and want to help them. So at least I can listen (on Skype / Whatsapp).

My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OpnCgs

I think it also depends on what you already have and how much you think you can improve.

From Social Psychology I know that personality rarely changes. Skills do.

So if you are an inrovert (which is by the way, the most stable characteristic), not agreeable, not consciouscious (meaning not hard working), not open to experience (uncurious) or neurotic, sadly there is a little to be done about it.

You can improve little "islands" in your personality, like setting clear goals as a leader (I guess), but a lot of soft skills are ranging between obvious to easier said than done.

Is the soft skill too easy for you? Is it too hard? I guess the best fit will be a challenging skill - a bit too hard for you to step out of your comfort zone, but not to be overwhelmed.