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Department of Psychological
and Behavioural Science

3rd Floor
Queens House,
55/56 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3LJ

Champa Heidbrink
Department Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7712

Jacqueline Crane
Service Delivery Manager - MSc Programmes:
Department contact for issues relating directly to MSc study
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7995

Terri-Ann Fairclough
PhD Programme and Communication Administrator:
Department contact for issues relating directly to PhD study
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7700

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As from 1 July 2016, the Department of Social Psychology expanded to become the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS).

The name change will showcase the Department’s new BSc programme, the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science (to be launched in 18/19), with British Psychology Society Accreditation.

It will also provide an appropriate home for our existing MSc programmes in Social and Cultural Psychology; the Psychology of Economic Life; Social and Public Communication; and Organisational and Social Psychology, as well as our thriving PhD programme.

The expanded department will also become a hub for the 50+ psychological and behavioural researchers in other disciplines across the LSE as well as a cutting-edge centre of expertise in its own right.

Warmest of welcomes to our incoming MSc student cohort. This will be a year not only for intellectual excitement, exploration and growth, but also one that offers opportunities for you to make a global network of new friends and contacts that will scaffold you - both personally and professionally - in the years ahead. You join us in a particularly exciting year. In addition to continuing our world-leading work in the theory and practice of social psychology, our department has expanded to include a new focus on psychological and behavioural science. We hope that this additional focus will further enrich your forward journey and we look forward to your participation in the expanded set of debates and projects it will generate.

For more , please link to the programme page

Catherine Campbell - Department Head


Dr Ilka Gleibs had an interview on BBC World, 15.06.2016. View the interview


Professor Martin Bauer made a personal submission to the recent House of Commons Science and Technology Committee enquiry o of Science Communication on trends in British Science Culture since 1990. The short report of 3000 words offers an evidential opinion from work in progress in Project MACAS [mapping the cultural authority of science]. Read more | report


Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch and a team of academics and students travelled to Brazil for the project ‘Resilience and Porosity of City Borders: A Psychosocial investigation in three Brazilian cities


Professor Martin Bauer produced a short report at his lecture in Zurich,The title is: why do technologies fail [report is in German] Read more


Marta-entradas_reduced Dr Martha Entradas was awarded a European Young Researchers’ Award (EYRA). Read more
notextcoverexportside Dr Akile Ahmet launched her Race in the Academy research section. Read more

Dr Tom Reader and Dr Alex Gillespie have a paper on the following: 

Complaints data is untapped resource for NHS improvement

The NHS can better utilise the vast potential of patient complaint data, according to a new study from the Department of Social Psychology. Read more


Dr Tom Reader won best presentation at the 9th Behavioural Sciences Applied to Surgery and Acute Care meeting (held in Bonn). He reported on the Healthcare Complaints Analysis Tool (HCAT). This is a tool developed with Dr Alex Gillespie in order to help hospitals learn from complaints about unsafe and poor quality care.


PBS article warns against incorrect use of Psychological terms Read more


Research by Corti & Gillespie featured in the BBC, Ars Technica, Discovery Magazine, FutureProof, and the Huffington Post.


Dr Ben Voyer’s work has recently been recognised by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) with the award of a fellowship. Since its foundation in 1754, the RSA aims at addressing some of society's greatest challenges by triggering original thinking and implementing novel solutions. Dr Voyer’s research in organisational psychology aims at improving teamwork by understanding the psychological consequences of power on the behaviours of leaders and followers.


Sandra Jovchelovitch delivers a keynote address to the 17th Brazilian congress of Sociology. Read more


Ten OSP alumni have just launched a new e-book called From Millennials With Love. Read more


HCD Doctoral candidate Apurv Chauhan has been selected to participate in a residential writing retreat organised by the Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network. Apurv’s doctoral thesis is supervised by Professor Catherine Campbell.

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This year we are celebrating all things LSE history because October 2015 marks the 120th anniversary of the very first students arriving at LSE. Read more


Mihoko Yotsui (HCD student, 2012-13) has published her MSc Thesis in the journal Ageing and Society, which focuses on the role of social participation by the elderly in disaster settings. Read more


PBS blog got mentioned on the website of Time Magazine and Aspen Institute. How can the theory and practice of social psychology enhance individual, collective and organisational well-being and effectiveness in specific social settings? We discuss this and other issues on our PBS blog

alexStoryLine Research by Corti & Gillespie replicating and extending Stanley Milgram’s research on cyranoids, recently published in the Journal of Social Psychology has been reported in Discovery Magazine and Wired Magazine. Read more


Can Power Change how we connect with others?

Ben Voyer in his research studies h ow power changes the way we see ourselves in relation to others. Read more


Dr Lucia Garcia was invited to attend as a judge and to submit 3 of our OSP research dissertations to the IndigoGold new research in workplace psychology awards, Sarah Latham (OSP Msc students dissertations) came second in the final shortlist. Read more

Climate Change is a topic of growing interest to PBS. PhD graduate Sharon Jackson is both a climate change researcher and activist, and was recently involved in organising a march in Tanzania. Read more


Research published by Basso F., Robert-Demontrond Ph., Hayek-Lanthois M., Anton J.-L., Nazarian B., Roth M. & Oullier O. (2014), Why people drink shampoo? Food Imitating Products are fooling brains and endangering people for marketing purposes, PLoS ONE 9(9): e100368. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100368. Read more

To be added to our Seminar Listing group please email Terri-Ann Fairclough

For all students and Alumni. Please click here to add your details to the students page. Read about our history blog.

Undergraduates interested in taking the PS102 option course can find out more in a 3 minute video here or on the course page here
2016 New arrivals page is ready to view here

Future event

13th October 2016 - A one day symposium will be help in partnership with Goldsmiths Universiry of London at 9.30am - 4pm. From 5pm onwards a photovoice exhibition (as part of the Race in the Academy research project). More details to follow.

Previous events

14th July 2016 - Congratulations to our PBS PhD graduates. If you are a PhD PBS graduate please feel free to email the webmaster photos of your special day.

07th July 2016
- Dr Lucia Garcia, Liora Moskovitz and Lisa Whitelaw attended the 32nd European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium in Naples, Italy in July. They presented papers on 'organizational memory and change', 'strategy' and 'creativity and entrepreneurship' respectively. Read more

23rd - 28th May 2016 -Workshop in Brazil,  Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch and an interdisciplinary team of academics and students travelled to Brazil under the auspices of ESRC/CONFAB to run scientific meetings, capacity building workshops and field visits in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro. The project was on  ‘Resilience and Porosity of City Borders: A Psychosocial investigation in three Brazilian cities’ involved academics and students from the Departments of Social Psychology and Geography and Environment. Read more

25th May 2016 - PUS Seminar,
Ethan Greenwood from the Wellcome Trust discusses: What do the UK public think about medical research?

24th May 2016 - Public Lecture,
Professor Angela Duckworth discussed her book on "the Power of Passion and Perseverance".Read more

16 May 2016 - Event in Lisbon
, in order to commemorate the former Portuguese Minister’; of Science, Jose Mariano Gago. Martin Bauer spoke on ‘Modern Portugal and its Science Culture'. Read more

11th May 2016 - Special PUS ‘China in Focus’ Day, This day offers an opportunity to reflect on international similarities and differences and to engage in comparisons and understanding diversity in the field. The programme for the day is below, and more details and abstracts on our website http://londonpus.wordpress.com

09th May 2016 - PBS Seminar, Edward Slingerland discussed: Trying Not to Try: Cooperation, Trust and the Paradox of Spontaneity. Read more and listen to audio

We investigate how social psychological processes shape political, economic, cultural and organisational life. We have a vibrant research culture which draws together different traditions of theory and research in PBS. Read more

Mind in Society


Social Interaction

Cognition and Culture (Franks, Gillespie)

Embodied Cognition (Basso)

Social Artefacts and Technology (Bauer, Gaskell, Lahlou)

Social Identities (Campbell,Gleibs,Howarth)

Social Representations (Bauer, Howarth, Jovchelovitch, Lahlou)

Public Understanding of Science and Risk Perception(Bauer, Reader, Gaskell


Agency, Power and Inequality (Campbell, Howarth, Jovchelovitch)

Communication and Intersubjectivity (Franks, Gillespie, Reader)

Community Development (Campbell, Howarth,Jovchelovitch)

Intercultural Relations  (Howarth)

Group Processes (Garcia, Gleibs, Reader)

Race in the Academy (Ahmet, Howarth)


Organisational cultures


Interdisciplinary Research Groups

Economic life (Basso, Lahlou)

Installations and activity (Lahlou)

Knowledge processes (Garcia)

Leadership and change
(Bauer, Garcia, Gleibs, Reader)

Safety and risk cultures (Gillespie, Reader)



Health, Community and Development

Intercultural Research Group

International Cognition and Culture Institute

Inter-Personal and Organisational Communication (IPOC)

Mapping the Cultural Authority of Science (MACAS)

Organisational Research Group

Underground Sociabilities


At PBS we offer four MSc programmes:

MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

MSc Social and Cultural Psychology

MSc Psychology of Economic Life

MSc Social and Public Communication

Read more about our course options.


The PBS PhD programme is a vibrant research community, with about 30 PhD candidates working closely with Faculty on a range of topics.

Read more about our PhD studies


PBS is both an exciting area of research within psychology and a perspective on the whole of the discipline.

Read more about our Undergraduate Courses.

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