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Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab

Department of Psychology

Patrick McClanahan was a PhD candidate in Psychology at the University of Cambridge examining how individual traits and situational factors predict criminal decision-making. 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. 

Patrick is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Istitute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law. His current project examines what individual and situational factors influence burglary using novel virtual reality methodologies in a sample of incarcerated offenders. 

His other researcher interests include decision-making broadly, nudge theory, incoluation theory, and self-regulation. 

Patrick remains involved with the CSDM Lab and is always happy to collaborate. Please feel free to get in touch or visit to find out more about him and his current work. 

Criminal Decision-making
Virtual Reality
Social Psychology


Key publications: 

William P. McClanahan & Sander van der Linden (2020) An uncalculated risk: ego-depletion reduces the influence of perceived risk but not state affect on criminal choice, Psychology, Crime & Law, DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2020.1837129

McClanahan, W.P., van der Linden, S., & Ruggeri, K. (2019). Decision-making style mediates the relationship between trait self-control and self-reported criminal behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 151 (2019), 109537.

Roozenbeek, J., Maertens, R., McClanahan, W., & van der Linden, S. (2021). Disentangling Item and Testing Effects in Inoculation Research on Online Misinformation: Solomon Revisited. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 81(2), 340–362.


Alumnus (PhD '2020)