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Behavioural Science Group

Behavioural science group bannerWe focus on the behavioural science central to human welfare, particularly:

  • economic and consumer psychology;
  • judgement and decision making;
  • psychology and the law;
  • health related behaviour; and
  • risky and intertemporal decision making.

We use laboratory and field experiments, large longitudinal datasets, and mathematical modelling to apply the core principles of cognitive psychology to the important decisions in our everyday lives.

The group is part of the University Global Research Priority Behavioural Science programme, with members from Economics, Mathematics, and Warwick Business School. We have joint weekly research meetings and a weekly seminar programme as part of the DR@W laboratory.


Key areas of research


A £900k Leverhulme grant supports a collaboration between Psychology and Warwick Business School investigating the behavioural economics of value. We are exploring how value is constructed and the implications for public policy.

The Network for Integrated Behavioural Science

The network is an interdisciplinary collaboration including psychologists and economists. We test theories of individual and group behaviour and apply research to industry and public policy.


Social norms

Using agent-based models we explore how social norms determine aggregate behaviour of whole populations.

Behavioural operations in policing

In collaboration with Law and Warwick Business School we are exploring the decision making of front-line police officers, applying mathematical models of memory, judgment and decision making.

Research Labs
The Centre for Operational Police Research - COPR

Launched in 2014, the Centre for Operational Policing Research (COPR) is a new interdisciplinary research centre bringing together the departments of Warwick Business School (WBS), Law and Psychology. With the aim of developing a research agenda that is both intellectually innovative and has clear policy and practice implications within policing, we have built a network at chief officer level of 12 police forces across England and Wales.

Group Members
 elisabethb.jpg Dr Elisabeth Blagrove  gordonb.jpg Professor Gordon Brown
 Dr Michaela Gummerum Dr Michaela Gummerum
 Thomas Hills Professor Thomas Hills

Dr Sam Johnson

Stefanie Keupp Dr Stefanie Keupp

Emmanouil Konstantinidis Dr Emmanouil Konstantinidis

Melina Kunar Dr Melina Kunar

Dr Nicholas Lange

Elliot Ludvig Professor Elliot Ludvig

Alice Mason Dr Alice Mason Adam Sanborn Professor Adam Sanborn
Dr Jake Spicer Dr Joakim Sundh
Dr Pete Trimmer Kim Wade Dr Kim Wade
Lukasz Walasek Dr Lukasz Walasek

Derrick Watson Professor Derrick Watson

Dr Jianqiao Zhu  
Research Assistants and Research Students

Hessah Alshaalan
Alina Gutoreva
Isabelle Barrett
Alexandra DeLaTrobe
Michael Hattersly
Yu-Chun Huang
Luke Hodson
Thomas Kelly
Pablo Leon Villagra
Owain Ritchie
Harriet Rowthorn
Shayan Shaikh
Sidney Sherborne
Alexandra Surdina
Mengran Wang
Finn Wort