Upcoming Events

CDR Seminar: Christina Phillips - “Using transdisciplinary methods to catalyse positive change in an uncertain manufacturing environment”

27 September 2017
Room 1.44, Maurice Keyworth building

Applying analytics in organisations to gain maximum effect is a complex task, when there is a high degree of uncertainty. Yet, its effective use can help to improve workflow and enhance job satisfaction.

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Past Events

CDR and Cities Theme seminar - Caezilia Loibl: "Financial vulnerability in older age in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands"

19 July 2017
Seminar room 1.13, Liberty Building, University of Leeds

This study investigates the relationship of financial distress in older age with material deprivation and social isolation.

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ESRC FOOD seminar: Food security and novel food solutions: implications for food choice, safety, and waste

02 June 2017
Newcastle University


  • Professor Michael Siegrist (ETH Zurich, Switzerland.) Professor Siegrist’s research interests include: risk perception, risk communication, acceptance of new technologies, and decision making under uncertainty. He is especially interested in food and consumer behaviour.
  • Dr Margot Kuttschreuter (University of Twente, Netherlands). Dr Kuttschreuter’s research focuses on: risk perception and risk communication, mostly in relation to food issues.
  • Dr Gavin Stewart (Newcastle University). Dr Stewart is interested in applied research synthesis (combining scientific information to inform policy). His research focuses on applying evidence-based methods to trans-disciplinary problems relating to food security.

The afternoon will feature...

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CDR, Priestley Centre, SRI and CCCEP Seminar: Michael Siegrist, ETH Zurich - "Symbolic information causes biased decisions"

01 June 2017
Baines Wing SR (4.12), University of Leeds

In assessing the outcomes of decisions, people often rely on the symbolic information while neglecting other crucial information. People may be especially prone to rely on this information on topics that are subject to social norms, such as environmentally friendly behavior, environmental risks or risks for humans.

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CDR Seminar: Annelies Van Daal and Elody Hutten - "How to overcome inertia? On choices in the Dutch pension system"

22 March 2017
Room 1.05, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

The Dutch pension system is the only one of its kind in the pension landscape across the world. This uniqueness stems from, among other things, an almost complete absence of choice options. Recently, however, a shift in paradigm is taking place, from mandatory one-size-fits-all solutions, to a pension system in which tailor-made solutions are more common and participants have more choice options.

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CDR Seminar: Jim Freeman - "Real estate valuation: an SEM modelling approach"

15 March 2017
Room 1.24, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

Though hedonic regression remains a popular technique for estimating property values, structural equation modelling (SEM) is increasingly seen as a realistic analysis alternative. The presentation concerns an SEM analysis of a historical dataset for a large Canadian realtor.

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Cities theme and CDR Seminar: Alycia Chin - "A longitudinal field experiment with prospective homebuyers"

08 March 2017
Room 1.31, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

A longitudinal field experiment with prospective homebuyers
Alycia Chin*, Dustin Beckett*, and Mick P. Couper*+
* Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
+ Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan


Buying a home and getting a mortgage are often considered to be the largest financial decisions that consumers make. Despite the importance of these decisions, almost half of U.S. homebuyers seek only one mortgage offer before selecting a mortgage. Homebuyers who fail to comparison shop may end up with mortgage loans that are unnecessarily expensive. 

To test whether comparison shopping helps homebuyers achieve better outcomes, we designed a field experiment with actual prospective homebuyers in the spring and summer of 2016....

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CDR Seminar: Gideon Keren - "On decisions by coin and the limits of rational choice"

01 March 2017
Room 1.44, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

Abstract: People fail to perceive the role of randomness in their lives and prefer to “explain” their experiences with a causal narrative. This is probably the reason why in situations of indeterminacy, where people agree that there are no decisive arguments favouring one alternative to another, they are still strongly opposed to resolve the dilemma by a coin toss. The robustness of this reluctance will be demonstrated in several experiments, where factors such as importance of consequences, similarity of alternatives, conflicts of opinion, outcome certainty, type of randomizer, and fairness considerations are systematically explored.

Coin toss is perceived as particularly aversive in cases of life and death, even when participants agree...

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CDR Seminar: Mark Conner - "Health cognitions, health affect and health behaviours"

22 February 2017
Room 1.05, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)


Recent research has explored the effects of two affective influences within models such as the theory of planned behaviour and reasoned action approach: experiential attitude and anticipated affect. Published and new primary and meta-analytic data supporting the role of these two affective variables on health behaviour will be presented. 

The correlational data uses prospective designs and controlled for other health cognitions and past behaviour where possible. The experimental data examines whether the affective variables mediate the impact of the intervention on behaviour. Strong support is found across studies for both experiential attitude and anticipated affect as important determinants of health behaviours even when...

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CDR Seminar: Jacob Orquin - "Predictable object locations enhance top down control: A new method for guiding eye movements"

15 February 2017
Room 1.15, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

People often ignore information that would otherwise have been beneficial to them, e.g. health- or safety information. We describe a new method for guiding eye movements to such information by controlling whether the information appears in a predictable or unpredictable location.

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CDR Seminar: Andrea Ceschi - "Linking advances in decision-making research to industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology”

08 February 2017
Room 1.44, Maurice Keyworth Building (Business School)

Abstract: We present some ongoing research which attempts to connect more decision-making areas (e.g. individual differences in judgment and decision-making - JDM, behavioural decision-making - BDM, decision-making competence - DMC, debiasing) to I/O psychology domain. During the seminar we try will to answer questions such as: Can organizational assessment benefit from studying individual differences in JDM? Is debiasing an effective training method for improving job performance? Which organizational and decision-making theories can help to develop a more integrated and combined research? How some BDM models (e.g. theory of planned behaviour) can be used for predicting organizational behaviours (e.g. counterproductive behaviour, prosocial...

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