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Patient Complaints Reveal Quality and Safety ‘Blind Spots’ in Healthcare Delivery

Healthcare complaints made by patients can provide unique insight on aspects of healthcare delivery not easily evaluated by hospitals, a new study from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has found. 

Read the article here. 


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Want to work for the Psychological and Behavioural Science Department? We have three new job openings. Click through the below links to view and apply;


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Entrepreneurship Research: Dr. Michael Muthukrishna

New research lead by Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, Dr. Michael Muthukrishna, has shown that rates of entrepreneurship are higher in some countries than others and it may be because they are generally less risk-averse and more overconfident.

Read the article here.

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Podcast: Dr. Ilka Gleibs Discusses the Psychology Behind Diversity

Professor Dr. Ilka Gleibs discusses on the CB On Air podcast why people need to stop blaming women’s behaviour for a lack of diversity within economics and central banking. 

For the full podcast click here. 

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ESRC Grant Assessment Panel Appointment

Associate Professor Dr Sophie von Stumm  has been appointed to the ESRC grant assessment panel D, which looks after projects on secondary data analysis.

"I am delighted for the opportunity to serve on an ESRC grant assessment panel”, said Dr Von-Stumm. “And to help ensure that the ESRC funds high quality research with academic, economic and societal impact."

"I am particularly excited to serve on the panel that considers proposals for projects on secondary data analysis. Secondary data analysis is key to tackling the challenges that social science faces today”.

The appointment is for 2 years in the first instance, during which the panel will meet 8 times and fund approximately 30 projects. Congratulations to Sophie!

To submit a proposal click here. 

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ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards

At the ESRC Celebrating Impact Awards, PHD student Brett Heasman won the Future Promise Prize and was named runner-up of the Outstanding Early Career Impact award. Congratulations to Brett whose work has helped improve public understanding of autism.

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Professor Martin W Bauer elected a Fellow of acatech

Congratulations to Professor Dr Martin W Bauer, LSE Psychology and Behavioural Science Department Professor of Social Psychology, who has been newly elected a Fellow of Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften [German Academy of Technical Sciences; acatech].

Acatech recognises life-long scientific achievements, and Professor Bauer belongs to a group of only 26 scientists who were elected as new members in 2017.

Members of acatech support policy-makers and society in various inter-disciplinary projects, providing qualified technical evaluations and forward looking recommendations on topics that stretch from energy, digitalisation, new mobility, AI to Industry 4.0. 

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2018 LSE Student-Led Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Assistant Professor in Social Psychology and Economic Psychology, Frederic Basso, who received the Highly Commended, Inspirational Teaching Award at the LSE Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards. The event recognises and celebrates those who have helped shape students education and staff members who have made a difference to their time at LSE. "I am proud to receive this commendation", said Basso. "And would like to take the opportunity to thank all my amazing students. It continues to be a real pleasure to work with them each and every year". 


Diet choice research: Dr Dario Krpan

Research by Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, Dr Dario Krpan, has shown that frequent vegetarian meal eaters are less likely to select a vegetarian dish when presented with a separate section for this in a menu.

Read the article here.


PBS PhD candidate Nihan Albayrak wins LSE Festival Popular Prize

On Friday 23 February 2018, PhD candidate Nihan Albayrak was awarded the LSE Festival Popular Prize for her work on the ways in which we help the victims of global disasters. You can read an abstract from Nihan's work on the LSE Festival website.

Find out more about Nihan on our website


Open day: Find out about our new BSc

In Autumn 2018, applications for our new BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science will open. You can find out more about this exciting and unique undergraduate programme from our faculty on 11 April 2018. There are two presentations to choose from:

11 April 2018, 12.15 - 1pm and 2.45 - 3.30pm in Room 4.02, Clement House (CLM) [Map here]

 Book your place at the open day here.


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Behavioural Science Hub Seminar: Ashley Whillans 

On November 30th, Ashley Whillans spoke at the Behavioural Science Hub Seminar and presented her work, entitled "Exchanging cents for seconds: The happiness benefits of choosing time over money". Watch her presentation here:


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Book release: Installation Theory 

On Wednesday 18th October in an event chaired by Dame Shirley Pearce, Professor Saadi Lahlou discussed themes from new and soon to be released book Installation Theory: The Societal Construction and Regulation of Behaviour.

Listen to the audio from the event here.

Read the first chapter of Saadi's book, Installation Theory here.


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Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch to speak on importance of schools and parents in childhood and adolescent learning

On 4th October 2017, LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) hosted the conference Skills for Development in a Changing World. Prof. Sandra Jovchelovitch spoke as part of a panel discussion on learning during childhood and adolescence, drawing on years of fascinating research. 

Find out about the conference.

Read (free e-book) Underground Sociabilities by Sandra Jovchelovitch.

Look through 'Bottom-up social development toolkit'.


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Recent publication in nature human behaviour

Dr. Michael Muthukrishna has recently published research on the dynamics of corruption, Corrupting Cooperation and How Anti-Corruption Strategies May Backfire Data. This research demonstrates that transparency only reduces corruption in certain circumstances: if economic opportunities exist or if the state has the strength and resources to punish law-breakers. If neither of these circumstances is present, transparency is ineffective—or can even make things worse.

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Important study on autistic perspectives published in the international journal Autism

In the first study of its kind, Brett Heasman (PBS PhD student) and Dr. Alex Gillespie used a two-way measure of perspective-taking to show that 'neurotypical' people struggle to imagine autistic perspectives, bringing attention to the many activities, such as job interviews, that rely on how autistic people are seen by others. 

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Dr Jana Uher speaking at an LSE public lecture on personality

Dr. Jana Uher presents research in public lecture

How do we judge others? Are people judged differently for the same things?

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Dr. Philippe Fauquet-Alekhine honoured as ISBS Fellow and Life Member

Congratulations to PBS research student Dr. Philippe Fauquet-Alekhine who has been honoured as ISBS Fellow and Life Member, the highest honour bestowed by the International Stress and Behavior Society (ISBS) for his work on the mental stress of teams operating complex systems such as nuclear reactors & aircrafts.


Congratulations to our teaching award winners

We're so proud of everyone in our department who was recognised on Wednesday evening for their exceptional teaching and student mentorship. Winners included graduate teaching assistants, Brett Heasman and Sandra Obradovic, as well as faculty members, Ilka Gleibs and Frederic Basso, and visiting fellow, Cathy Nicholson. Congratulations to you all!

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