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Below is a range of recent publications by members of our Behavioural Science Group members. For a full list, see our WRAP publication feed.







Journal Article

Newall, Philip W. S., Hayes, Ty, Singmann, Henrik, Weiss-Cohen, Leonardo, Ludvig, Elliot Andrew and Walasek, Lukasz (2023) Evaluation of the “take time to think” safer gambling message : a randomised, online experimental study. Behavioural Public Policy . ISSN 2398-063X. (In Press)

Book Item

Sundh, Joakim, Sanborn, Adam N., Zhu, Jian-Qiao, Spicer, Jake, León-Villagrá, Pablo and Chater, Nick (2023) Approximating Bayesian inference through internal sampling. In: Fiedler, Klaus and Juslin, Peter and Denrell, Jerker, (eds.) Sampling in Judgment and Decision Making. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009002042 (In Press)


Journal Article

Adams, Paul, Guttman-Kenney, Benedict, Hayes, Lucy, Hunt, Stefan, Laibson, David and Stewart, Neil (2022) Do nudges reduce borrowing and consumer confusion in the credit card market? Economica, 89 (S1). S178-S199. doi:10.1111/ecca.12427 ISSN 0013-0427.

Alempaki, Despoina, Colman, A., Kölle, F., Loomes, Graham and Pulford, B. D. (2022) Investigating the failure to best respond in experimental games. Experimental Economics, 25 (2). pp. 656-679. doi:10.1007/s10683-021-09725-8 ISSN 1386-4157.

Antonopoulou, Vivi, Goffe, Louis, Meyer, Carly J., Grimani, Aikaterini, Graham , Fiona, Lecouturier, Jan, Tang, Mei Yee, Chadwick, Paul and Sniehotta, Falko F. (2022) A comparison of seasonal influenza and novel Covid-19 vaccine intentions : a cross-sectional survey of vaccine hesitant adults in England during the 2020 pandemic. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics . doi:10.1080/21645515.2022.2085461 ISSN 2164-5515. (In Press)

Borovoi, L., Schmidtke, Kelly and Vlaev, Ivo (2022) The effects of feedback valance and progress monitoring on goal striving. Current Psychology, 41 . pp. 4574-4591. doi:10.1007/s12144-020-00925-8 ISSN 1046-1310.

Borovoi, Leah, Shiloh, Shoshana, Alidu, Lailah and Vlaev, Ivo (2022) The latent perception of pregnancy. Frontiers in Psychology, 13 . 589911. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.589911 ISSN 1664-1078.

Burro, Giovanni, McDonald, Rebecca, Read, Daniel and Taj, Umar (2022) Patience decreases with age for the poor but not for the rich : an international comparison. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 193 . pp. 596-621. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2021.11.005 ISSN 0167-2681.

Chater, Nick (2022) What is the point of behavioural public policy? A contractarian approach. Behavioural Public Policy . doi:10.1017/bpp.2022.2 ISSN 2398-063X. (In Press)

Chater, Nick, Zeitoun, Hossam and Melkonyan, Tigran A. (2022) The paradox of social interaction : shared intentionality, we-reasoning and virtual bargaining. Psychological Review, 129 (3). pp. 415-437. doi:10.1037/rev0000343 ISSN 0033-295X.

Eshelby, Victoria, Sogut, Muhammed, Jolly, Kate, Vlaev, Ivo and Elliott, Mark T. (2022) Stay home and stay active? The impact of stay-at-home restrictions on physical activity routines in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Sports Sciences, 40 (3). pp. 310-322. doi:10.1080/02640414.2021.1992885 ISSN 0264-0414.

Goffe, Louis, Antonopoulou, Vivi, Meyer, Carly, Graham , Fiona, Tang, Mei Yee, Lecouturier, Jan, Grimani, Aikaterini, Bambra, Clare, Kellen, Michael and Sniehotta , Falko (2022) Factors associated with vaccine intention in adults living in England who either did not want or had not yet decided to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 17 (12). 5242-5254 . doi:10.1080/21645515.2021.2002084 ISSN 2164-5515.

Grimani, Aikaterini, Gavine, Anna and Moncur, Wendy (2022) An evidence synthesis of covert online strategies regarding intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 23 (2). pp. 581-593. doi:10.1177/1524838020957985 ISSN 1524-8380.

Kaushal, Aradhna, Bravo, Caroline, Duffy, Stephen, Lewins, Douglas, Möhler, Ralph, Raine, Rosalind, Vlaev, Ivo, Waller, Jo and von Wagner, Christian (2022) Developing reporting guidelines for social media research (RESOME) by using a modified Delphi method : protocol for guideline development. JMIR Research Protocols, 11 (5). e31739. doi:10.2196/31739 ISSN 1929-0748.

Le Pargneux, Arthur and Zeitoun, Hossam (2022) Patience and subjective well-being. Applied Economics Letters . doi:10.1080/13504851.2022.2083566 ISSN 1350-4851. (In Press)

Li, Zhihua and Loomes, Graham (2022) Revisiting the diagnosis of intertemporal preference reversals. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 64 . pp. 19-41. doi:10.1007/s11166-022-09369-w ISSN 0895-5646.

Loomes, Graham and Sugden, R. (2022) Michael Jones-Lee and the value of statistical life, health and safety. Behavioural Public Policy . ISSN 2398-063X. (In Press)

Melkonyan, Tigran A., Zeitoun, Hossam and Chater, Nick (2022) The cognitive foundations of tacit commitments : a virtual bargaining model of dynamic interactions. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 108 . 102640. doi:10.1016/ ISSN 0022-2496.

Misyak, Jennifer B. and Chater, Nick (2022) Instantaneous systems of communicative conventions through virtual bargaining. Cognition, 225 . 105097. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2022.105097 ISSN 0010-0277.

Muggleton, Naomi K., Trendl, Anna, Walasek, Lukasz, Leake, David, Gathergood, John and Stewart, Neil (2022) Workplace inequality is associated with status-signalling expenditure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119 (15). e2115196119. doi:10.1073/pnas.2115196119 ISSN 0027-8424.

Schmidtke, Kelly, Kudrna, Laura, Quinn, Laura, Vlaev, Ivo, Hemmings, Karla and Lilford, Richard (2022) An online randomised controlled trial and survey of behavioural factors influencing patient willingness to attend a video consultation. British Journal of Health Psychology, 27 (2). pp. 283-299. doi:10.1111/bjhp.12545 ISSN 1359-107X.

Spicer, Jake, Zhu, Jian-Qiao, Chater, Nick and Sanborn, Adam N. (2022) Perceptual and cognitive judgments show both anchoring and repulsion. Psychological Science, 33 (9). pp. 1395-1407. doi:10.1177/09567976221089599 ISSN 1467-9280.

Stoffel, Sandro, Kaushal, Aradhna, Grimani, Aikaterini, von Wagner, Christian, Sniehotta, Falko and Vlaev, Ivo (2022) Effect of communicating community immunity on COVID-19 vaccine-hesitant people from ethnically diverse backgrounds : an experimental vignette study in the UK. BMJ Open, 12 . e065804. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2022-065804 ISSN 2044-6055.

Talat, Usman, Schmidtke, Kelly, Khanal, Saval, Chan, Amy, Turner, Alice, Horne, Robert, Chadborn, Tim, Gold, Natalie, Sallis, Anna and Vlaev, Ivo (2022) A systematic review of nudge interventions to optimize medication prescribing. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 13 . 798916. doi:10.3389/fphar.2022.798916 ISSN 1663-9812.

Watson, Jane Suzanne, Jordan, Rachel Elizabeth, Adab, Peymane, Vlaev, Ivo, Enocson, Alexandra and Greenfield, Sheila (2022) Investigating primary healthcare practitioners’ barriers and enablers to referral of patients with COPD to pulmonary rehabilitation : a mixed-methods study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. BMJ Open, 12 (1). e046875. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046875 ISSN 2044-6055.

Zeitoun, Hossam, Melkonyan, Tigran A. and Chater, Nick (2022) The social contract in miniature : how virtual bargaining supports team production. Academy of Management Review . doi:10.5465/amr.2020.0229 ISSN 0363-7425. (In Press)

Book Item

Chater, Nick and Christiansen, M. H. (2022) Grammar through spontaneous order. In: Lappin, S. and Bernardy , J -P., (eds.) Algebraic Structures in Natural Language. Abingdon, UK: CRC Press, pp. 65-79. ISBN 9781003205388 (In Press)

Grimani, Aikaterini and Gotsis, George (2022) Inclusive leadership in health care organizations : promises and prospects. In: Marques, Joan and Dhiman, Satinder, (eds.) Leading With diversity, equity and inclusion : approaches, practices and cases for integral leadership strategy. Future of Business and Finance . Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 183-201. ISBN 9783030956516

Journal Item

Chater, Nick (2022) The ephemeral stories of our lives. Behavioral and Brain Sciences . (In Press)


Journal Article

Alempaki, Despoina, Colman, A., Kölle, F., Loomes, Graham and Pulford, B. D. (2021) Investigating the failure to best respond in experimental games. Experimental Economics . doi:10.1007/s10683-021-09725-8 (In Press)

Alempaki, Despoina, Doğan, Gönül and Yang, Yang (2021) Lying in a foreign language? Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 185 . pp. 946-961. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2020.10.027

Bell, Colette, Muhammad, Abdul Hadi, Khanal, Saval and Paudyal, Vibhu (2021) Prescribing patterns and costs associated with erectile dysfunction drugs in England : a time trend analysis. BJGP Open . bjgpopen20X101145. doi:10.3399/bjgpopen20X101145 (In Press)

Grimani, Aikaterini, Bonell, Chris, Michie, Susan, Antonopoulou, Vivi, Kelly, Michael P. and Vlaev, Ivo (2021) Effect of prosocial public health messages for population behaviour change in relation to respiratory infections : a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open, 11 (1). e044763. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044763

Grimani, Aikaterini, Goffe, Louis, Tang, Mei Yee, Beyer, Fiona, Sniehotta , Falko and Vlaev, Ivo (2021) Effectiveness of personal letters to healthcare professionals in changing professional behaviours : a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 10 . 94. doi:10.1186/s13643-021-01650-4

Luckman, Ashley, Zeitoun, Hossam, Isoni, Andrea, Loomes, Graham, Vlaev, Ivo, Powdthavee, Nattavudh and Read, Daniel (2021) Risk compensation during COVID-19 : the impact of face mask usage on social distancing. Journal of Experimental Psychology : Applied . doi:10.1037/xap0000382 (In Press)

McKenna, R., Weinand, J. M., Mulalic, I., Petrović, S., Mainzer, K., Preis, Tobias and Moat, Helen Susannah (2021) Scenicness assessment of onshore wind sites with geotagged photographs and impacts on approval and cost-efficiency. Nature Energy . doi:10.1038/s41560-021-00842-5 (In Press)

Mohammed, Eeman, Khanal, Saval, Jalal, Zahraa, Cheema, Ejaz, Abutaleb, Mohammed H. and Paudyal, Vibhu (2021) Perceived barriers and facilitators to uptake of non-traditional roles by pharmacists in Saudi Arabia and implications for COVID-19 pandemic and beyond : a qualitative study using Theoretical Domain Framework. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, 14 (1). 25. doi:10.1186/s40545-021-00307-w

Muggleton, N., Parpart, P., Newall, Philip, Leake, D., Gathergood, J. and Stewart, Neil (2021) The association between gambling and financial, social, and health outcomes in big financial data. Nature Human Behaviour, 5 . pp. 319-326. doi:10.1038/s41562-020-01045-w

Mujcic, Redzo and Frijters, Paul (2021) The colour of a free ride. The Economic Journal, 131 (634). pp. 970-999. doi:10.1093/ej/ueaa090

Potter, Ashley, Chinegwundoh, Frank and Vlaev, Ivo (2021) Can targeting women with behavioural science 'nudges' help black men to find out more about their high risk of contracting prostate cancer? Patient Education and Counseling . doi:10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.014 (In Press)

Sanborn, Adam N., Heller, K., Austerweil, J. L. and Chater, Nick (2021) REFRESH : a new approach to modeling dimensional biases in perceptual similarity and categorization. Psychological Review . (In Press)

Schmidtke, Kelly, Kudrna, Laura, Quinn, Laura, Vlaev, Ivo, Hemmings, Karla and Lilford, Richard (2021) An online randomised controlled trial and survey of behavioural factors influencing patient willingness to attend a video consultation. British Journal of Health Psychology . doi:10.1111/bjhp.12545 (In Press)

Vohra, Neha, Hadi, Muhammad Abdul, Khanal, Saval, Kurmi, Om P. and Paudyal, Vibhu (2021) Impact of deprivation, dementia prevalence and regional demography on prescribing of anti‐dementia drugs in England : a time trend analysis. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology . doi:10.1111/bcp.14782 (In Press)

Vomfell, Lara and Stewart, Neil (2021) Officer bias, over-patrolling, and ethnic disparities in stop and search. Nature Human Behaviour . doi:10.1038/s41562-020-01029-w (In Press)

Yemiscigil, Ayse, Whillans, Ashley and Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2021) The effects of retirement on sense of purpose in life : crisis or opportunity? Psychological Science . (In Press)


Journal Article

Borovoi, L., Schmidtke, Kelly and Vlaev, Ivo (2020) The effects of feedback valance and progress monitoring on goal striving. Current Psychology . doi:10.1007/s12144-020-00925-8 (In Press)

Chater, Nick and Vlaev, Ivo (2020) The fragmentation of vision. Leonardo . (In Press)

Chater, Nick, Zhu, Jian-Qiao, Spicer, Jake, Sundh, Joakim, León-Villagrá, Pablo and Sanborn, Adam N. (2020) Probabilistic biases meet the Bayesian brain. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29 (5). pp. 506-512. doi:10.1177/0963721420954801

Denrell, Jerker and Kovacs, Balazs (2020) The ecology of management concepts. Strategy Science, 5 (4). pp. 293-368. doi:10.1287/stsc.2020.0108

Grimani, Aikaterini, Gavine, Anna and Moncur, Wendy (2020) An evidence synthesis of covert online strategies regarding intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse . doi:10.1177/1524838020957985 (In Press)

Grimani, Aikaterini, Gavine, Anna and Moncur, Wendy (2020) An evidence synthesis of strategies, enablers and barriers for keeping secrets online regarding the procurement and supply of illicit drugs. International Journal of Drug Policy, 75 . 102621. doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.102621

Hafner, Rebecca J., Elmes, David and Read, Daniel (2020) Exploring the role of alignability effects in promoting uptake of energy-efficient technologies. Journal of Experimental Psychology : Applied . doi:10.1037/xap0000253 (In Press)

Machia, Lucia, Plagnol, Anke and Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2020) Buying happiness in an unequal world : rank of income more strongly predicts well-being in more unequal countries. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46 (5). pp. 769-780. doi:10.1177/0146167219877413

McDonald, Rebecca, Mullett, Timothy L. and Tsuchiya, Aki (2020) Understanding the composite dimensions of the EQ-5D : an experimental approach. Social Science & Medicine, 265 . 113323. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113323

Miller, Sam, Moat, Helen Susannah and Preis, Tobias (2020) Using aircraft location data to estimate current economic activity. Scientific Reports, 10 (1). 7576. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-63734-w

Mullett, Timothy L., Brown, G. D. A. (Gordon D. A.) and McDonald, Rebecca (2020) Cooperation in public goods games predicts behaviour in incentive-matched binary dilemmas : evidence for stable pro-sociality. Economic Inquiry, 58 (1). pp. 67-85. doi:10.1111/ecin.12796

Mullett, Timothy L., Brown, Gordon D. A., Fincher, Corey L., Kosinski, Michal and Stillwell, David (2020) Individual-level analyses of the impact of parasite stress on personality : reduced openness only for older individuals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46 (1). pp. 79-93. doi:10.1177/0146167219843918

Preis, Tobias, Botta, Federico and Moat, Helen Susannah (2020) Sensing global tourism numbers with millions of publicly shared online photographs. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 52 (3). pp. 471-477. 0308518X1987277. doi:10.1177/0308518X19872772

Read, Daniel (2020) The five games of Mr Edgar Allan Poe : a study of strategic thought in “The Purloined Letter”. Rationality and Society . (In Press)

Sah, Sunita and Read, Daniel (2020) Mind the (information) gap : strategic nondisclosure by marketers and interventions to increase consumer deliberation. Journal of Experimental Psychology : Applied, 26 (3). pp. 432-452. doi:10.1037/xap0000260

Schmidtke, Kelly, Elliott, A., Patel, K., King, D. and Vlaev, Ivo (2020) A randomized controlled trial to evaluate interventions designed to improve university students’ subjective financial wellness in England. Journal of Financial Counselling and Planning . doi:10.1891/JFCP-19-00014 (In Press)

Schmidtke, Kelly, Vlaev, Ivo, Kabbani, S., Klauznicer, H., Baasiri, A., Osseiran, A., El Rifai, G., Fares, H., Saleh, N. and Makki, F. (2020) An exploratory randomized controlled trial evaluating text prompts in Lebanon to encourage health‐seeking behavior for hypertension. International Journal of Clinical Practice . doi:10.1111/ijcp.13669

Shrestha, Sunil, Shrestha, Sudip, KC, Bhuvan, Sapkota, Binaya, Khadka, Anil, Khanal, Saval and Koller, Michael (2020) Translation and cultural adaptation of EORTC QLQ-LC 29 into Nepalese language for lung cancer patients in Nepal. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes, 4 (1). 46. doi:10.1186/s41687-020-00205-w

Taj, Umar, Schmidtke, Kelly, Vlaev, Ivo and Read, Daniel (2020) Choice of methods can determine which behavioral determinates are identified for targeting. Journal of Health Psychology . (In Press)

Thompson, Andrew D., Elahi, Farah, Realpe, Alba, Birchwood, Max, Taylor, David, Vlaev, Ivo, Leahy, Fiona and Bucci, Sandra (2020) A feasibility and acceptability trial of social cognitive therapy in early psychosis delivered through a virtual world : The VEEP study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11 . 219. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00219

Book Item

Grimani, Aikaterini and Gotsis, George (2020) Fostering inclusive organizations through virtuous leadership. In: Marques, Joan, (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership. Routledge companions to business, management and accounting . New York, NY London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 78-98. ISBN 9780429294396

Schmidtke, Kelly and Vlaev, Ivo (2020) Nudge theory. In: Ragin, D. F. and Keenan, J. P., (eds.) Handbook of Research Methods in Health Psychology. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 414-427. ISBN 9781138595347

Journal Item

Chater, Nick (2020) Facing up to the uncertainties of Covid-19. Nature Human Behaviour, 4 (5). 439. doi:10.1038/s41562-020-0865-2


Journal Article

Bartlett, M., Edmunds, Charlotte, Belpaeme, Tony, Thill, Serge and Lemaignan, Severin (2019) "What can you see? Identifying cues on internal states from the movements of natural social interactions". Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 6.49

Brookes, Olivia, Brown, Celia A., Tarrant, Carolyn, Archer, Julian, Buckley, Duncan, Buckley, Lisa Marie, Clement, Ian, Evison, Felicity, Gao Smith, Fang, Gibbins, Chris et al. (2019) "Patient experience and reflective learning (PEARL) : a mixed methods protocol for staff insight development in acute and intensive care medicine in the UK". BMJ Open, 9 (7)
Powdthavee, Nattavudh, Plagnol, Anke, Frijters, Paul and Clark, Andrew E. (2019) "Who got the Brexit blues? The effect of Brexit on subjective wellbeing in the UK". Economica, 86 (343). pp. 471-494
Safra, Zvi, Ma, Sinong and Melkonyan, Tigran A. (2019) "Is allocation affected by the perception of others' irresponsible behavior and by ambiguity?" Risk Analysis, 39. pp. 2182-2196
Melis, Alicia P. and Tomasello, Michael (2019) "Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) develop a successful communicative strategy to collaborate." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1901)