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WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL

Prof. Daniel Read

Daniel Read is a Professor of Behavioural Economics at Warwick Business School. He has held faculty positions at Leeds University Business School, London School of Economics (Reader) and Durham Business School (Professor), and visiting positions at INSEAD, Yale School of Management, and Rotterdam Business School. Professor Read has consulted for the UK government and the Financial Services Authority on many aspects of behavioural economics, especially as it relates to consumer welfare and environmental marketing. He has published widely in leading journals including Psychological Review, Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Risk Analysis, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. He is a former associate editor of Management Science, and former editor of Journal of Economic Psychology. Profile site

Prof. Nick Chater

Nick Chater is a Professor of Behavioural Science. His research focuses on looking for fundamental principles of cognition, which might apply across several cognitive domains. He is particularly interested in problems of uncertain inference that arise in learning, reasoning, and perception; and in models of judgment and decision making, based on cognitive principles. Nick also works on real-world applications of the cognitive and decision sciences. His contribution to psychological science has been recognized by a number of awards including British Psychology Society Annual Spearman Medal (1996) and BPS Cognitive Psychology Award (1995 and 2009). In 2010 Nick has become an Elected Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society. Nick has published in a wide variety of top psychological journals and served on the editorial boards of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Science, Psychological Review. Currently he is an associate editor of Psychological Science. Profile site

Prof. Jerker Denrell

Prior to joining Warwick Business School in 2012 Jerker Denrell was Professor of Strategy and Decision Making at University of Oxford and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has published widely in leading journals including Psychological Review, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Administrative Science Quarterly. A native of Sweden, Jerker studied philosophy, economics and management at Lund University and mathematics at Stockholm University. He received his PhD from Stockholm School of Economics in 1998. Profile site

Dr. Dawn Eubanks

Dawn Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Behavioural Science and Strategy at Warwick Business School. She earned her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology with a minor in quantitative methods from The University of Oklahoma. Dawn's research interests are primarily in the areas of leadership and innovation, with particular interest in destructive leadership. Within leadership, she is exploring the darker side including reactions to criticism and different types of leader errors as related to performance outcomes. Innovation research includes a focus upon how to foster this characteristic across a range of contexts. Additionally, she has researched cognitive processes such as intuition and its relationship to creativity. Her research findings appear in journals such as The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, and Human Resource Management Review. Profile site

Dr. Andrea Isoni

Andrea joined the Behavioural Science Group at WBS in 2012. He obtained his PhD in Economics at the University of East Anglia in 2009. He has previously worked as Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics at School of Environmental Sciences of the University of East Anglia, and as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science and at the Department of Economics of the University of Warwick.

Andrea is an experimental and behavioural economist. His research studies human behaviour of under controlled laboratory conditions using insights from economic theory and cognitive psychology. His main interests are in the areas of individual decision-making, in particular reference-dependent preferences and decisions under risk and uncertainty. Andrea is also interested in exploring how market interaction shapes people’s preferences, and in various aspects of strategic behaviour, including coordination, bargaining and other-regarding behaviour. Profile site

Dr. Chengwei Liu

Chengwei Liu is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Behavioural Science in WBS. Prior to joining Warwick Business School, Chengwei was a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, University of Oxford and a fellow of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (Taiwan). He received his PhD from University of Cambridge and his thesis 'Luck, Counterfactual Thinking, and Entrepreneurial Cognition' has won several awards and was a finalist of Grigor McClelland Dissertation Award. His research examines the difficulties of learning about the determinants of performance in complex environments. In particular, he investigates when and why people are likely to mistake luck for skill and the implications of this on risk-taking, strategising, and policy-making. Profile site

Prof. Graham Loomes

Graham Loomes is a Professor of Behavioural Science. He works on the analysis of people’s preferences, particularly as they relate to decision making in the face of risk and uncertainty, with policy applications to health, safety and environmental issues. This has involved developing decision theory to allow for psychological and psychophysical factors – in the past, regret and disappointment, more recently imprecision and judgmental biases – and using experimental methods to test and refine theory. In parallel, he has developed survey methods to elicit values for health, safety and environmental benefits. He is one of a small number of UK-based economists included in the ISI Highly Cited list. He has undertaken more than 20 substantial research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and a number of government agencies. He currently holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship to investigate and model the way that people’s imprecision and uncertainty about their preferences may affect their decisions. Profile site

Dr. Alicia Melis

Alicia Melis is an Assistant Professor in the Behavioural Science Group at Warwick Business School. Prior to joining Warwick Business School she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig ). She studied Biology at the Freie University of Berlin and received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Leipzig under the supervision of Michael Tomasello, Brian Hare and Josep Call. She investigates the phylogenetic roots and the development of human cooperative and prosocial behavior. She conducts studies with humans (mainly young children) and chimpanzees in African sanctuaries. Profile site

Dr. Tigran Melkonyan

Tigran Melkonyan received his PhD in Economics from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Warwick Business School, Tigran was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Nevada, Reno, and University of Exeter. He has also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund. Tigran has published in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Theory and Decision, Mathematical Social Sciences, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Review of International Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics and a number of other journals. Profile site

Dr. Jennifer Misyak

Jennifer joined the Behavioural Science Group at WBS in autumn 2012 as a Postdoctoral Researcher, working with Nick Chater. She completed her PhD in psychology at Cornell University, where she combined empirical and theoretical approaches to investigate the mechanisms supporting language and statistical learning across various levels (psycholinguistic, behavioural, developmental, genetic, and computational); part of her work also earned the 2009 David Marr Prize from the Cognitive Science Society. Before her doctoral studies, Jennifer finished a Bachelor of Arts degree (double-majoring in Philosophy and Psychology), with an additional concentration in Cognitive Science, from Williams College. Profile site

Dr. Suzy Moat

Dr. Suzy Moat is a Computational Social Scientist, studying how information flows between people, and how it affects their current and future decisions.

Her current work investigates these questions through analysis of data from online activity alongside large scale records of real world behaviour, drawing on her background in cognitive science, linguistics and computer science.

In recent studies, in collaboration with Tobias Preis, H. Eugene Stanley and colleagues, Moat has provided evidence that patterns in searches for financial information on Google and Wikipedia may have offered clues to subsequent stock market moves, and that Internet users from countries with a higher per capita GDP are more likely to search for information about years in the future than years in the past.

Moat was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and won a series of prizes during her studies. Since 2011, Moat has secured £3.3 million of funding from UK, EU and US research agencies. Her work has been featured by television, radio and press worldwide, including recent pieces on CNN and the BBC.

She is based in the Behavioural Science group at Warwick Business School, where she co-directs a small research team working on these questions. Profile site

Prof. Tobias Preis

Tobias Preis is Professor of Behavioural Science and Finance at Warwick Business School. His recent research has aimed to carry out large scale experiments on complex social and economic systems by exploiting the volumes of data being generated by our interactions with technology.

In 2010, Preis headed a research team which provided evidence that search engine query data and stock market fluctuations are correlated. In 2012, Preis and his colleagues Helen Susannah Moat, H. Eugene Stanley and Steven R. Bishop used Google Trends data to demonstrate that Internet users from countries with a higher per capita GDP are more likely to search for information about the future than information about the past.

Preis received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in 2010 and draws on an interdisciplinary background in physics, economics, and computer science. He has authored more than 30 scientific publications, published a book about the physics of financial markets and acts as a reviewer for more than 15 leading international journals. Preis serves as an Academic Editor of the multidisciplinary journal PLoS ONE.

Preis advises government agencies as well as private companies on potential exploitation of online digital traces. More information can be found on his personal website 

Prof. Zvi Safra

Professor Safra has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. He serves as an occasional reviewer for Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, and the American Economic Review. Profile site

Dr. Kelly Schmidtke

Kelly Schmidtke is a Research Fellow and joined WBS in January 2013. She has worked for various institutions within and outside of academia. Her current work seeks to better understand the relationship between cancer treatment centers and patient well-being. Profile site

Dr. Lukasz Walasek

Lukasz joined Warwick Business School as a Leverhulme Research Fellow in 2013. He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Essex, studying the role of emotional attachment in the valuation disparity between owners and non-owners. More recently, Lukasz has been exploring how uncertainty influences valuation of consumer goods and risky assets. Profile site

Dr. Hossam Zeitoun

Hossam Zeitoun is Postdoctoral Researcher and Visiting Fellow in Warwick Business School. He completed his PhD in business administration at the University of Zurich in October 2011 with the degree summa cum laude. During his doctoral studies, his papers appeared in the best papers proceedings at the Academy of Management Conference and the European Academy of Management Conference. He has received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to pursue his research as a visiting researcher at the University of Warwick. Profile site

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Prof. Gordon D.A. Brown

Gordon Brown is a Professor of Psychology. He has research interests in the computational and mathematical modelling of human timing and memory; categorisation, identification, and word recognition; and the interface between economic psychology, cognitive science, and psychophysics. Profile site

Dr. Thomas Hills

Thomas Hills is an Associate Professor of Psychology. His research focuses on the cognitive control of search processing in external and internal environments. This encompasses goal-directed behavior and its consequences for human memory, problem solving, and decision making. The evolutionary origins of thought provide insights into both what and how we think, and this is visible at the level of behavioral strategies shared across tasks, and the underlying neurophysiological control that is shared across animal species. For many common problems involving executive frontal-striatal control, a critical problem is in mediating the trade-off between exploitation and exploration—that is, knowing when to abandon one course of action and switch to another. This trade-off is critical to flexible intelligence, and is central to adaptive problem solving, information search, decision making, and learning and memory. Using the methods of cognitive modeling, semantic space analyses, network science, and laboratory studies, Professor Hills’s research investigates the implications for cognitive psychology of this relationship between the structure of information in the environment, the cognitive and neural mechanisms that navigate and represent this structure, and the search strategies that result from this interaction of environment and mechanism. Profile site

Dr. Melina Kunar

Melina Kunar is an Associate Professor of Psychology. Her research interests include visual attention in particular contextual cueing, visual marking, the attentional blink,the interaction between attention and affect, and how people initially process and search different types of displays. Profile site

Dr. Elliot Ludvig

Elliot Ludvig is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. He is interested in how humans and other animals learn from experience, especially when faced with risky rewards or temporal uncertainty. To achieve this goal, his research builds and tests computational models of simple decision-making based on reinforcement learning. A key open question is how to scale up these simple algorithms to explain more complex cognitive processes, such as planning, imagination, and moral judgment. He is also always looking for new way to apply machine learning approaches to psychological data and theory. Prior to coming to Warwick, he completed his degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences at Duke University and did post-doctoral research in Neuroscience and Engineering at Princeton University and in Computing Science at the University of Alberta. Profile site


Dr. Adam Sanborn

Adam Sanborn is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. His research interests include: explaining human categorisation and perception as rational behaviour, examining how people use approximate solutions in difficult cognitive tasks, methods for data collection and analysis in psychology and behavioural science. Profile site

Prof. Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart is a mathematical and experimental Psychologist with expertise in judgement and decision making. Neil has experience with eye tracking of risky decisions and of comparing models of risky choice and recently advised the government on reform of the credit card industry. Neil's work was recognised with the 2008 Experimental Psychology Society Prize and the 2006 Hillel Einhorn New Investigator Award. Neil has published in top psychological journals including Psychological Review, Psychological Science and Cognitive Psychology. Neil is collaborating with experimental and behavioural group established at the Economics Department of the University of Warwick. Profile site

Dr. Derrick Watson

Derrick Watson is a Reader at the Department of Psychology. His research interests are mechanisms of visual selection and attentional prioritisation in particular, visual search, visual marking, subitization, motion processing, inhibition of return and attentional capture by abrupt onsets. Profile site

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS

Prof. Peter Hammond

Peter J. Hammond is a Professor of Economics at Warwick and an Emeritus Professor at Stanford. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society (1977) and of the British Academy (2009). He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1986–87) and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (1993–94). He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in economics, including decision and game theory. He has also co-edited and contributed four chapters (one joint) to the Handbook of Utility Theory (Kluwer Academic Press). Peter has been involved in a wide variety of interdisciplinary projects and published papers in top mathematical journals. He has also collaborated with Professors of Mathematics in the Economics Department at the University of Oslo on two textbooks: Essential Mathematics for Economic Analysis (for economics undergraduates), and Fundamental Mathematics for Economic Analysis (for economics PhD students). Profile site

Dr. Eugenio Proto

Eugenio Proto is an Associate Professor of Economics. His research interests include growth, development, behavioural economics and economics of wellbeing. Profile site

Dr. Daniel Sgroi

Daniel Sgroi is an Associate Professor of Economics. His main theoretical research fields are in game theory (especially learning, rational herding and repeated games) and industrial organization (particularly the interaction between optimal pricing by firms and the spread of information within groups of consumers). Within experimental economics his particular interests are evaluating the impact of information in groups, and he has a special interest in bounded rationality and how emotion or psychological biases affect economic behaviour. In the past he has also worked on how traders in financial markets behave in the presence of asymmetric information and retains an interest in financial economics and market microstructure. Profile site

Dr. John Stovall

John Stovall is an Assistance Professor of Economics Hi research interests include microeconomic theory, decision theory, social choice theory. Profile site

WARWICK MANUFACTURING GROUP

Dr. Ganna Pogrebna

Ganna Pogrebna is an Associate Professor with the Service Systems research group at WMG and is a former DR@W Coordinator. Ganna is interested in analysing individual and group decision making under risk and uncertainty (ambiguity) using laboratory experiments, field experiments as well as non-experimental data. She studies how decision makers reveal their preferences, learn, coordinate and make trade-offs in static and dynamic risk and uncertain (ambiguous) environments with policy applications to leadership, innovation, finance and healthcare. Ganna’s work aims to develop quantitative models capable of describing and predicting individual and group behaviour in static and dynamic situations in the face of risk and uncertainty (ambiguity). She is particularly interested in investigating the impact of imprecision and noise on decision making. Profile site

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS

Prof. Simon French

Simon French has recently joined the Department of Statistics and become Director of the Risk Initiative and Statistical Consultancy Unit (RISCU). He moved here from Manchester Business School, where he was Professor of Information and Decision Sciences. Simon's research career began in Bayesian statistics and he was one of the first to apply hierarchical modelling, particularly in the domain of protein crystallography. Nowadays he is better known for his work on decision making, which began with his early work on decision theory and saw several papers on the mathematical foundations of rational decision making and the publication of his 1986 text on Decision Theory. That strand of work still continues in the background: e.g. his book on Statistical Decision Theory, co-authored with David Rios Insua. However, his work has generally become more applied; looking at ways of supporting real decision makers facing major strategic and risk issues. In all his work the emphasis is on multi-disciplinary and participatory approaches to solving real problems and the innovative use of technology in supporting decision making. He has a particular interest in supporting emergency management processes. Profile site

MATHEMATICS INSTITUTE

Dr. Piotr Słowiński

Piotr Słowiński is a Research Fellow at Mathematics Institute. His research interests include complexity science, decision research, neuroscience, dynamical systems and mathematical biology. Profile site