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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
 Coery fincher Dr Corey Fincher
Dr Michaela Gummerum Dr Michaela Gummerum
Thomas Hills Professor Thomas Hills
Stefanie Keupp Dr Stefanie Keupp
Emmanouil Konstantinidis Dr Emmanouil Konstantinidis
Melina Kunar Dr Melina Kunar
Dr Nicholas Lange
Elliot Ludvig Dr Elliot Ludvig
Alice Mason  Dr Alice Mason Adam Sanborn  Professor Adam Sanborn
Henrik Singmann Dr Henrik Singmann
Dr Jake Spicer
Dr Joakim Sundh
 Kim Wade Dr Kim Wade
Lukasz Walasek Dr Lukasz Walasek
Derrick Watson Professor Derrick Watson
Dr Jianqiao Zhu
Research Assistants and Research Students

Alina Gutoreva
Isabelle Barrett
Michael Hattersly
Yu-Chun Huang
Luke Hodson
Thomas Kelly
Danni Norman
Owain Ritchie
Harriet Rowthorn
Shayan Shaikh
Sidney Sherborne
Alexandra Surdina
Anna Trendl
Mengran Wang
Finn Wort