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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.

We welcome PhD applications in all areas of behavioural science

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.jpgDr Elisabeth Blagrove  gordonb.jpgProfessor Gordon Brown
 Coery fincherDr Corey Fincher  Thomas HillsDr Thomas Hills
 Melina KunarDr Melina Kunar  Elliot LudvigDr Elliot Ludvig
tim MullettDr Tim Mullett
 Adam SanbornDr Adam Sanborn
kimw.jpgDr Kim Wade  Derrick WatsonDr Derrick Watson
Research Students

Eleni Achtypi
Tomas Engelthaler
Marta Gonzalez-Iraizoz
Alina Gutoreva
Luke Hodson
Katherine Jones
Naomi Muggleton
Sophie Nightingale
Danny Norman
Brian O'Shea
Owain Ritchie
Harriet Rowthorn
Hiro Sakaguchi
Jake Spicer
Divya Sukumar
Alexandra Surdina
Edika Torreblanca
Anna Trendl
Mengran Wang
Li Ying
Jianqiao Zhu