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Behavioural Science Research at Warwick

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Behavioural science brings together many disciplines to study human behaviour, such as psychology, economics, and biology. The interests of the group include behavioural and experimental economics, cognitive science, judgement and decision making, and the application of economic methods to social phenomena not traditionally included within economics. We examine these topics using quantitative methods, such as experiments, dataset analyses, modelling, and simulations

The Behavioural Science Group has a dedicated research laboratory, which consists of 27 networked computers. Each computer is in its own cubical, screened off from each other, so that participants can run experiments independently; or can take part in two or multi-player games without distractions from other participants.

In addition to experimental data, the group also has researchers that work on theoretical economics, philosophy of mind and big data.

Featured Research Project

New Economic Models in the Digital Economy – Big Data, Innovations and New Business Models

Decision-making is the essence of management. Mammoth amounts of data are being generated through society's interactions with technology, documenting stages of collective human decision making on a scale previously impossible to achieve. Such digital traces of individuals create new scientific and commercial opportunities in the digital economy. The goal of this £697K grant is to explore the opportunities that massive online information streams may offer to gain insight into early stages of collective decision-making. Members of the Behavioural Science GRP funded by this grant include Tobias Preis, Suzy Moat and Nick Chater.

This project is funded by the RCUK Digital Economy Programme, via the EPSRC