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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

Studying at Cambridge



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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Postdoctoral Research Associates

Dr. Anne Marthe van der Bles


Anne Marthe van der Bles received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Groningen in 2017. At Cambridge, her research focuses on how people react to uncertainty about evidence and the most effective way to communicate uncertainty. She is also interested in societal trust in facts and in societal discontent and conducts mostly quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies to investigate these topics. E-mail:


Graduate Students

Karly Drabot PhD student (with Prof. Melissa Hines)


Karly received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. During the MPhil, she examined the differential relationships between domains of gender typicality and psychosocial wellbeing. More broadly, she is interested in the effects of gender stereotyping and stereotype threat on perceived leadership aptitude.


Patrick McClanahan PhD student (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 and 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.


Bing-Tao Lee 'MPhil 2017


Bing-Tao is a MPhil student in Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge. He has a BSc from Taipei University and a MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is very interested in environmental and positive psychology, and its relation to health and wellbeing. His current research focuses on how exposure to natural beauty contributes to positive emotions and behaviour.


Melisa Basol 'MPhil 2017


Melissa is a MPhil student in Social and Developmental Psychology at Cambridge. Originally from Germany, she has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from Aberystwyth University. Having gained insight into judicial decision-making and policy-making, her interests have expanded into the processing of (mis)information and (political) decisions.


Philipp Jabold 'MPhil 2017


Philipp is a MPhil student in Social and Developmental Psychology. He received his BSc (Hons) and MSc in psychology and research methods from the University of Münster. He is interested in research on stereotypes, prejudice, and intergroup conflict. His MPhil research will look at how biased news reporting (e.g., overrepresentation of crimes committed by foreigners) differentially affects explicit and implicit stereotypes.


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.


Research Affiliates

Dr Cameron Brick


Cameron is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge. He completed a PhD in Social Psychology at University of California Santa Barbara, and taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College, NY. He researches the psychology of how people communicate about and react to society-level problems such as climate change. He uses motivations and social identities to build quantitative laboratory, survey, and field studies on communication and behaviour.


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 "Fake News Game" and coordinates the testing of this game 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.