9 March 2016
Emeritus Professor John Maule and part-time LUBS doctoral student Simon Maule have had the following article published: ‘Aiding Lay Decision Making Using a Cognitive Competencies Approach’, Frontiers in Psychology, (2016). The work builds on two reports commissioned by the UK Legal Service Board: ‘Understanding Decision Making in Legal Services: Lessons from Behavioural Economics’ and ‘An Assessment of the Most Effective Methods to Support Consumers to Identify and Respond to Legal Problems’.
Andrea Taylor and Wändi Bruine de Bruin had a paper accepted in ABS4-rated Journal of Experimental Psychology:Applied, entitled "Promoting protection against a threat that evokes positive affect: The case of heatwaves in the UK." (With Carmen Lefevre at UCL, Suraje Dessai at the University of Leeds' School of Earth and Environment, Baruch Fischhoff at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sari Kovats at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). It was funded by Wändi's ESRC grant on public perceptions of heat waves.
Wändi had a paper accepted in Psychology and Aging (impact factor 2.6) entitled "Choosing to be happy? Age differences in 'maximizing' decision strategies and experienced emotional well-being" (with Andrew Parker at the RAND Corporation and JoNell Strough at West Virginia University).
Wändi also had a paper accepted in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, entitled "Understanding the formation of consumers’ stock market expectations." (With Alycia Chin from the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
Wändi gave a presentation at the Netspar International Pension Workshop in Leiden, the Netherlands, about her paper "Choosing to be happy? Age differences in 'maximizing' decision strategies and experienced emotional well-being" (with Andrew Parker at the RAND Corporation and JoNell Strough at West Virginia University).
She also gave a company-wide seminar at Bayer (Leverkusen, Germany) on behavioural decision research approaches to developing effective communications
Wändi joined the US National Academy of Sciences' expert panel on the Science of Science Communication, which will produce an expert consensus report on how to improve scientists' communications with non-expert audiences. She also joined the Communications Committee at the Psychonomics Society.
Alan Pearman has been appointed as a Council Member of the International Association of Grey Systems and Uncertainty analysis.
Barbara Summers has joined the Supervisory Board of the journal Judgment and Decision Making (ABS 3*), which is run by the Society for Judgment and Decision Making (USA) and the European Association for Decision Making.
Barbara has also been invited to join the scientific committee of the 2016 International Association for Research in Economic Psychology/Society for the Advancement of behavioural Economics conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Gabriella Eriksson (Swedish Transport Institute and University of Stockholm) was awarded with a 2-year EU Horizon2020 Marie Curie Fellowship to visit Leeds. She will work with Wändi Bruine de Bruin as well as with Natasha Merat (Institute for Transport Studies) to understand and improve drivers' judgments about speeding risks.
Yasmina Okan co-authored the poster ‘Green = Benefit? Communicating health risks with icon arrays: The influence of color’ (with Gudrun Rauwolf, Michelle McDowelle and Matthias Ziegler) presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the German Network for Evidence-Based Medicine Meeting in Koln, Germany, in March. The poster received the Best Scientific Poster Award.
In February Simon McNair was awarded one of Leeds University Business School inaugural Research Impact Awards, in the early career researcher category. The award was for his ongoing research in how we might use behavioural insights to develop more effective financial advice and support. Through this research agenda he has worked with local community groups in Leeds such as the United Leeds Debt Forums, and Money Buddies. He is next set to upscale this work as part of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship he was awarded, set to begin in May 2016. The Fellowship will see Simon work with Citizens Advice Bureau in Bradford and Leeds (CAB is the largest independent provider of financial advice in the UK). Media-wise, Simon’s research has seen him interviewed by Radio Aire, Made in Leeds TV, and The Yorkshire Post.
Wändi also won a Research with Impact award for her project – “Consumer Surveys Informing Monetary Policy”. You can read about her project on the Research and Innovation blog.
Marie Curie fellow Dr. Caezilia Loibl (who visited CDR from The Ohio State University, US) had her research on financial 'nudge' interventions covered in the New York Times.