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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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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.


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) in psychology 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.


Visiting Research Students

Helena de Boer


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.


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.

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.

Rose Ngo


Rose Ngo received her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in 2017. She currently takes courses at Cambridge as a Davies-Jackson Scholar. She hopes to pursue a MPhil in which she explores the ways in which messages of climate change can be framed to promote enduring, pro-environmental lifestyles.



Lab Statistician

Breanne Chryst


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.


Previous Lab Members

Charley Lenton-Lyons


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.