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    Bringing Young People Into the LSE Behavioural Research Lab: BRL-Junior Research Day

Bringing Young People Into the LSE Behavioural Research Lab: BRL-Junior Research Day

I recently invited young people into our lab for the first time, as part of a combined research and public engagement event. This wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful help of a team of volunteer student research assistants. These students shared their knowledge about the ins and outs of LSE as well as about behavioural science with our […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Events|

The role of culture in reactions to risk and uncertainty

By Sulav Saha

Growing up in Australia as part of a minority made me aware of certain family traits that were different to social norms, in particular when it came to our greater risk aversion.  This was further perplexing when I found our reactions and attitudes to be more risk averse when compared to my cousins that remain in my […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Events|
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    Getting over the hill – encouraging middle-aged Singaporean women to exercise

Getting over the hill – encouraging middle-aged Singaporean women to exercise

By Anna Meadows

Physical inactivity is a global issue.  As one of the 4 main risk factors for non-communicable diseases it has become a focus for governments worldwide. The problem is greater in countries with high GDP and Singapore is no exception; 54% of adult Singaporeans are reported to be ‘physically inactive’. One of the least active segments is women […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Events|

Do Emotions Overwhelm Probability in Decision Making?

By Joe Wiggins

Emotions have been a central area of focus for researchers seeking a descriptive account of individual decision making, with a particular point of interest the relationship with probability (Loewenstein, Weber, Hsee & Welch, 2001).  It has been contended that in emotive situations individuals are prone to ignore or neglect probability, and focus instead on the affect-rich outcome […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|

Would I lie to you?

By Dr Doron Samuell

The most appealing aspect of the Masters in Behavioural Science program for me, was the opportunity to undertake research that was relevant, impactful and could contribute to the evolving discipline of behavioural economics. I was fortunate to be working with a progressive financial services company who were willing to join me on this journey.

My research was […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|

Eating for the Environment

by Linda Bacon

We all know that our behaviour has an impact on the environment.  Every day, there are people switching to energy efficient light bulbs, reusing plastic bags and recycling rubbish.  But did you know that you can reduce your environmental footprint by changing what you eat?  The purpose of this research was to test something which might influence […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|

Retirement: are you looking forward to it.. or fearing it?

By Martin Sykes

the very start of my career in financial services, I attended a residential sales course. The course lasted two weeks and was designed to impart the skills required to advise on and sell the financial products offered by my new employer.

Although my own sales career was short-lived, many of the things that I was taught on that […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Events|
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    Paying Attention? An enquiry into the impact of interruptions on task performance and well-being

Paying Attention? An enquiry into the impact of interruptions on task performance and well-being

By Ian Burbidge

Whereas in the 20th Century much of the wealth that was created went to those who controlled real estate and oil, many argue that in the twenty-first century it will go to those who control our attention. We find ourselves hooked on the variable rewards of messages, notifications and likes, subconsciously seeking the dopamine hit these intermittent […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Events|

Mind the Gap: Making a difference, four questions at a time

By Andreas Priestland

If you could get 10% more people to do what they say they would by asking four questions, would you do it? What about if it concerned an annual spend of over £3billion?

According to official statistics, in 2013 UK employers spent over £3billion on third party suppliers of training. 42% of companies said they would have spent […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Events|
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    Using Behavioural Science to help understand Technology Adoption Risk Perception

Using Behavioural Science to help understand Technology Adoption Risk Perception

by Jim Sailor

It is rare that a week goes by without a major news story about technological innovations that are changing the business world. It is also rare that a week goes by without hearing a story about companies or governments suffering from massive breaches in cybersecurity. As advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, […]