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Researchers of the Future

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

LSE Behavioural Lab, Lower Ground Floor, Clement House

How do people make decisions, like deciding whether to protest for climate change, what to spend money on, or whether to cheat on a test? LSE is home to a lot of research that tries to understand human behaviour and decisions like these. Some of this research is specifically about young people. Come learn more about it and also give your input into what researchers should be studying and how. Our Behavioural Lab will be set up with hands-on demonstrations and activities from several faculty members. You can try activities from previous and current research, see the space, and talk with researchers about this type of science.

The event is open to 10-18-year-olds, who should be accompanied by a parent or guardian (e.g., a teacher would also be fine). We will have sessions lasting approximately 1 hour, beginning at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Each session will accommodate 20 young people (with their parents or guardians).

Heather Kappes is Assistant Professor of Marketing. She studies motivation and is interested in how adults and young people make decisions about spending money. She has previously been involved with Junior Researcher Days in 2017 and 2018.

Barbara Fasolo is Associate Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department of Management. She is interested in how people make decisions that involve risk, trade-offs, and complexity.

Ilka Gleibs is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. She studies social identity, meaning how belonging to a group affects the way that people feel and think about themselves and how this influences behaviour.

Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington is Assistant Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. She is currently studying the psychological impact of inequality, and exploring ways that psychology can help fight poverty in the UK and abroad.

Shakuntala Banaji is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Media and Communications. She has twenty years’ experience studying the role of media and technology in children and young people’s everyday lives. Her current research is on social media and political participation.

See a list of Festival family events here.

Twitter hashtags for this event: #LSEFestival #ShapetheWorld

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place.


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