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Behavioural Science Group

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We 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 Behaviour, Brain & Society 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.

Driving Simulator

Psychology Driving Simulator is a collaborative facility with WMG.

Driver Research

The Behavioural Science Team work together to research road safety, distracted driving, transport choices and Autonomous Vehicles. The team have worked with the Police, Local Authorities, Jaguar Land Rover and Road Safety Charities in relation to driving research.

Group Members
Dr Elisabeth Blagrove Professor Gordon Brown
Dr Michaela Gummerum Professor Thomas Hills
Dr Emmanouil Konstantinidis Dr Melina Kunar
Professor Elliot Ludvig Dr Stella Qian (RF)
Dr Owain Ritchie (RF) Professor Adam Sanborn
Dr Sidney Sherborne (RF) Dr Mikhail Spektor
Dr Jake Spicer Aidan Tee (RA)
Dr Pete Trimmer Dr Christian Tsvetkov (RF)
Professor Kim Wade Dr Lukasz Walasek
Professor Derrick Watson Dr Wenjia Joyce Zhao
Dr Johanna Falben
Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch
Dr Sam Johnson
Dr Stefanie Keupp
Dr Nicholas Lange
Dr Simon Myers

Dr Pablo León Villagrá

Dr Henrik Singmann
Research Students
Erika Aparicio Isabelle Barrett Pip Brown
Lucas Castillo Naomi Chopra Alexandra DeLaTrobe
Xiaomu Guo Michael Hattersley Prisca S Han
Danyang Hu Zhihong Huang Dasol Jeong
Halleyson Li Kuangheng Li Yunxiao Li
Yitong Lin Zinan Lin Eugene Malthouse
Emily Peters Marc Skelton Alexandra Surdina
Zepeng Sun Mengran Wang Thomas White
Finn Wort Jokie Xu Haijiang Yan
Yuqi Ye Weize Zhao Jenny Zhou

Scientific impact at Warwick

Paper out in @BPPjournal : "Evaluation of the 'take time to think' safer gambling message: a randomised, online experimental study". We show that this ubiquitous warning message does not credibly alter gambling in an online roulette task. Read more here

K Wade

Maximising the Value of Witness Evidence

Confronting the unreliability of the human memory

M Kunar and D Watson

Improving Road Safety Education and Driver Training

Raising awareness of the need to pay attention on the road