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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

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Director (Principal Investigator)


Dr. Sander van der Linden is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology and a Fellow in Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge, van der Linden held academic appointments at Princeton University and Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Graduate Students

Karly Drabot PhD student (with Prof. Melissa Hines)









Patrick McClanahan  (with Dr. Kai Ruggeri)


William (Patrick) McClanahan is a PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Cambridge examining the effects of the American justice system on human and social capital. Originally from the United States (Roanoke College ’15 - Magna Cum Laude) his background is in Psychology, Criminal Justice. His MPhil (University of Cambridge ’17 – Distinction) focused on decision-making of juvenile offenders. William is also a member of the Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge.


Delphine Leardini 'MPhil 2017


Delphine is a MPhil student in Social and Developmental Psychology. She has a Bsc from the Universite Catholique de Louvain and a Msc from the London School of Economics (LSE), where she worked as a research assistant at the Behavioural Research Lab. Her research focuses on how motivation can be leveraged to increase long-term pro-environmental behaviour. She is also very interested in issues of methodology.


Undergraduate Research Assistants


Kayleigh Dawson


Kayleigh Dawson is a second-year Psychological and  Behavioural Sciences undergraduate in Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. Her studies focus on social, developmental and experimental psychology as well as Neurobiology. Kayleigh is exploring the wisdom of the crowd in social norms and how such norms help to guide and facilitate people towards everyday and online behaviours.


Amos Fong


Amos Fong is a second-year PBS undergraduate in St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. He is interested in online echo chambers, and works with Twitter data to examine language differences among communities holding contrasting views (e.g., popular science, climate change deniers). When he isn’t studying online social networks, Amos is involved in connecting great ideas across different spheres as the organizer of TEDxCambridgeUniversity.


Shai Caspi


Shai is a second year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. She is interested in understanding and exploring the underlying mechanisms of long-term prosocial behaviours, and their practical applications, especially in areas where individuals are less likely to experience the direct benefits of their actions (e.g. sustainability, climate change, ethical consumption).


Visiting Research Assistants

Charley Lenton-Lyons


Charley Lenton-Lyons has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Royal Holloway University and most recently, he held the position of Research Intern at James Cook University in Australia. Charley intends to combine his background in the biological sciences with that of social psychology to develop strategies that can encourage more widespread adoption of pro environmental behaviours in the public.


Graduate Research Affiliates

Noah Castelo


Noah Castelo is a Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on how consumer psychology can be used to increase the positive impact that emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics have on society. E-mail:



Jon Roozenbeek


Jon Roozenbeek is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavonic Studies in Cambridge. His research focuses on the development of the mass media landscape in Eastern Ukraine. Aside from this, he works on media theory, including framing theory, content analytics, social media and the dynamics of online debate. To fight the spread of disinformation, he has co-developed an educational "Propaganda Game" and coordinates the testing of thisgame at schools and universities.


Lab Statistician

Breanne Chryst


I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Department of Statistics at Yale university and currently a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. I received a BS in Mathematics (Cum Laude) from the University of Utah in 2012 and MA in Statistics from Yale University in 2014. I am interested in Bayesian Analysis, Network data sampling, Machine learning, evidence-based policy and computational social science.