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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

Studying at Cambridge


In the media

NewStatesman (10/2018)

"Why the invention of the fridge could be responsible for our love of fake news"


Varsity (09/2018)

"Yawning at the catastrophe: the psychology of climate change"


Stanford Social Innovation Review (08/2018)

"The Science of What Makes People Care"


Grist (08/2018)

"A climate denial video has 6 million views. Facebook doesn't care".


Fast Company Design (07/2018)

"Meet 4 design heroes who are defending democracy online"


Oxford University Press (06/2018)

"Bridging partisan divides over scientific issues"


The Times (05/2018)

"Facebook news addicts lack political insight"


New York Times (05/2018)

"Kale, Not Jail: Urban Farming Nonprofit Helps Ex-Cons Re-enter Society"


Yale Daily News (04/2018)

"Study explores discrepancy between scientists', public's views on climate change"


Think Progress (04/2018)

"Here’s what happens when you tell people the scientific consensus on climate change: You can turn red states green"


New Statesman (04/2018)

"The Science Behind Why We Always Pick the Same Meal"


Scientific American (04/2018)

"Psychological Weapons of Mass Persuasion"


The Guardian (04/2018)

"Why Americans are still Clueless about the 97% Expert Climate Consensus'"


NPR (03/2018)

"Spot Fake News by Making it'"


Pacific Standard Magazine (03/2018)

"What's the Best Way to Inspire Positive Environmental Behavior?'"


Financial Times (03/2018)

"Forget Flu, it's Time for Your Fake News Jab'"


BBC News (02/2018)

"Game Helps Players Spot 'Fake News'"


World Economic Forum (02/2018)

"This Online Game Can 'Vaccinate' You Against Fake News'"


Huffington Post (02/2018)

"This Video Game Lets You Build A Fake News Empire"


The Times (02/2018)

"How to Beat Fake News: Write Your Own"


The Guardian (02/2018)

"Bad News: The Game Researchers Hope Will 'Vaccinate' Public Against Fake News"


The Verge (02/2018)

"Bad News Makes You a Fake News Mogul To Teach You Their Tricks"


Pacific Standard Magazine (02/2018)

"How to Immunize Yourself Against Fake News"


Yahoo News (02/2018)

"Can You Spot Fake News? Scientists Create Web Game to 'Vaccinate' People Against Online Lies"


Newsweek (02/2018)

"Fake News Game Wants to Vaccinate People Against Russian Trolls"


Fast Company Design (02/2018)

"Can You Build a Fake News Empire? Test Your Conspiracy Skills With This Game"


MIT Technology Review (02/2018)

"This Video Game Wants To Be a Fake News Vaccine "


BBC Cambridge (01/2018)

"Altruism in Humans: What Makes Us Special?"


BBC Newsbeat (01/2018)

"The Impact of January Health Crazes".


BBC World Service (12/2017)

"The Why Factor: The Crowd".


The Guardian (12/2017)

"Research shows that certain facts can still change conservatives’ minds".


Cosmos Magazine (12/2017)

"Study finds conservatives can change their minds".


Pacific Standard Magazine (12/2017)

"Showing conservatives the scientific consensus on climate change can shift their views on the issue.


Mental Daily (12/2017)

"The virality equation: Researchers describe the psychology of viral content".


The Washington Post (11/2017)

"How to persuade people that climate change is real".


The New York Times (11/2017)

"Was our profile of a nazi sympathizer..too sympathetic?"


The Atlantic (11/2017)

"The muslim overpopulation myth that just won't die".


Behavioural Public Policy (10/2017)

"Could we use "cognitive vaccination" against "Anti-vaxx"?".


Nature News (10/2017)

"The ice bucket challenge delivers".


Stanford Social Innovation Review (09/2017)

"The back-of-the-envelope guide to communications strategy".


Scientific American Mind (09/2017)

"Donald Trump and the Psychology of Doom and Gloom".


Wired & the Guardian (07/2017)

"Facts have to prevail over fear, says CEO of the Gates Foundation".


ResearchGate (06/2017)

"Scientists comment on the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement"


Vox (05/2017)

"Scientists are testing a “vaccine” against climate change denial"


Stanford Social Innovation Review (04/2017)

"To win against false information, we must play offense"

The Times (02/2017)

"Fundraising crazes driven by narcissism"

Nature Scientific American (02/2017)

"The surprisingly short life of viral social movements"

Mashable (02/2017)

"The psychology behind why some charity campaigns go viral and others don't"


The Wireless (02/2017)

"There's a formula for changing the world with 'clicktivism'"


The Los Angeles Times (01/2017)

"It's possible to 'vaccinate' Americans against fake news, experiment shows"

The International Business Times (01/2017

"A fake news vaccine? Climate change misinformation can be fought

with ‘inoculation,’ scientists say"

The BBC (01/2017)

"Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine'"

The Huffington Post (01/2017)

"Now a new 'vaccine' to help inoculate the public against misinformation"

Forbes (01/2017)

"Psychological vaccine' may protect against fake news, alternative facts"

Fox News (01/2017)

"Fake news 'vaccine' could stop spread of false information"

CBC News (01/2017)

"Psychologists say they can inoculate people against fake news"

ABC News (01/2017)

"Scientists develop fake news 'vaccine' to combat climate change myths"

NOS and NRC (Dutch, 01/2017)

"Zo vaccineer je mensen tegen nepnieuws"

The Guardian (01/2017)

"Study: real facts can beat 'alternative facts' if boosted by inoculation"

New York Magazine (01/2017)

"Psychologists have developed a ‘vaccine’ against fake news"

Newsweek (01/2017)

"Scientists devise fake news 'vaccine'

Vice (01/2017)

"Psychologists have discovered a way to 'inoculate' people against fake news"

Big Think (01/2017)

"Researchers find a “vaccine” for climate change skeptics"

The Psychologist (11/2016)

"Creating a climate for change"

ResearchGate (11/2016)

"Researchers react to the election of Donald Trump"

Quartz (10/2016)

"The psychological conceit that explains how Trump can deny facts

over and over with a straight face"

Time Magazine (8/2016)

"Most Americans think their opinion on guns is widely shared"

Politico (08/2016)

"Where the confederacy is rising again"

Reader's Digest (07/2016)

"12 clues to spot a narcissist"

Time Magazine (06/2016)

"How in touch are you with America on gun control?

Huffington Post (05/2016)

"Why we don’t worry more about climate change"

The Washington Post (03/2016)

"The key to finding a random roommate you’ll love to live with"


US News & World Report (02/2016)

"Climate change's unseen consensus"

Skeptical Inquirer (01/2016)

"Nudging people to save the planet"

National Geographic (12/2015)

"Could gardening offer the key to a happier, healthier life?"

Princeton University (12/2015)

"Emphasizing consensus about safety boosts support for vaccines"

NPR (11/2015)

"How psychology can save the world from climate change"

Pacific Standard (11/2015)

"Conspiracy theories hamper the fight against climate change"

Association for Psychological Science (11/2015)

"Changing the climate on climate change"

The New York Times (10/2015)

"Why misleading Americans about climate change is dangerous"

Princeton Alumni Weekly (10/2015)

"A campaign to conserve energy offers a chance to study altruistic behavior"

Scientific American Mind (09/2015)

"How come some people believe in the paranormal?"

New York Magazine (08/2015)

"What do conspiracy theories do to us?"

The New York Times (08/2015)

"Where our trash goes"

European Commission (08/2015)

"Persuading the public to reduce bottled water consumption"

​Scientific American Mind (04/2015)

"The surprising power of the psychology of consensus"

The Guardian (03/2015)

"Consensus and geoengineering - how to convince people about global warming"

The Washington Post (02/2015)

"Researchers think they’ve found a “gateway belief” that leads to

greater science acceptance"

The New York Times (11/2014)

"The ice-bucket racket"

Mother Jones (07/2014)

"How to convince a republican: Use a pie chart!"


Bloomberg (03/2014)

"Maldives and Afghanistan: Theories blossom for airliner"


Scientific American Mind (08/2013)

"What a hoax: Why people believe in conspiracy theories"

Salon (04/2013)

"How conspiracists think"

Ode Magazine (11/2011)

"The helper's high"