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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

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Director (Principal Investigator)

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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

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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. Her doctoral work received the 2016 Kurt Lewin Institute Best Paper Award. E-mail: amv46@cam.ac.uk

 

Graduate Students

Melisa Basol PhD Student

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Melisa is a Gates scholar and received an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology (Distinction) from Cambridge. Originally from Germany, she has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from Aberystwyth University. With a focus on complex societal and political decisions, she's interested in the formation, polarisation, and ‘immunisation’ of attitudes where the spread of misinformation poses a threat to science & society.

 

Karly Drabot PhD student (with Prof. Melissa Hines)

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Karly is a Gates scholar and 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.

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Patrick McClanahan PhD student (with Dr. Kai Ruggeri)

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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.

 

Kayleigh Dawson, MPhil '2018

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Kayleigh Dawson received a first-class degree in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) from Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. 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.

 

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

 

Amos Fong

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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.

 

Visiting Research Students

Rakoen Maertens

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Rakoen is a visiting Master's student with ambition to bring Psychological Science to the world of Global Issues. With a BSc in Experimental Psychology from Ghent University, Rakoen is a scientist with an international outlook. At Cambridge he will be focusing on decision-making biases, fake news, and disinformation. Outside of the academic world, Rakoen is entrepreneurially engaged in projects related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals."

Helena de Boer

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Helena de Boer is a visiting dissertation student. By conducting social psychological research she aims to motivate people to adopt sustainable lifestyles. At Cambridge, her research focuses on perceptions of in-group and out-group climate change ambassadors. Before her MSc in Social Psychology at the VU University in Amsterdam, she completed an MA in Environment, Politics, and Globalisation at King's College London and a BA in Social Sciences from Amsterdam University College.

Charley Lenton-Lyons

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Charley Lenton-Lyons has a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Royal Holloway University and was a Research Intern at James Cook University in Australia. Charley combines his background in the biological sciences with that of social psychology to develop strategies that can encourage more widespread adoption of pro environmental behaviours. He recently started a Master of Research degree in Psychology at the University of Bath.

 

Research Affiliates

Dr Cameron Brick

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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.

Jon Roozenbeek

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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

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I am an Affiliated Lecturer in Statistics in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. I received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Cum Laude) from the University of Utah in 2012 and a Master of Arts and PhD(cand) 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.

 

Graduates and Previous Lab Members

Philipp Jabold 'MPhil 2018

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Philipp graduated with an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology (Distinction) from the University of Cambridge. He received his BSc (Hons) in psychology from the University of Münster. He is interested in research on stereotypes, prejudice, and intergroup conflict. His MPhil research looked at how biased news reporting (e.g., overrepresentation of crimes committed by foreigners) differentially affects explicit and implicit stereotypes.

 

Undergraduate Alumni

Katie Woods '18 (PBS dissertation)

Robyn Bailey '18 (PBS dissertation)

Rhian Armstrong '18 (PBS dissertation)

Nikol Illasova '18 (PBS dissertation)

Holly Young '17 (BBS dissertation)

Gloria Lau '17 (BBS dissertation)

Simon Bill '17 (BBS dissertation)