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Departmental Seminar Series

Weekly seminar for the LSE community

Recent topics of discussion include:

  • Influence of misinformation
  • Emotion and health
  • The future of work
  • The role of politics in online dating 
  • Why telling people to find their passion is bad advice
  • Climate justice perceptions around the world

About the seminar series

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE hosts a term-time seminar series, inviting researchers to present their latest findings.

The series is particularly beneficial for LSE students and early career researchers as it presents the opportunity to discuss and debate new findings in social psychology and behavioural science in a small, open setting.

How to join a seminar

The Departmental Seminar Series is open to all LSE staff and students. 

Seminars will normally take place on Wednesdays at 12-1pm during term time. This year the series will take place in a hybrid format - both in-person and online - unless specified.

All details, including speaker information, title and abstract, location and Zoom link will be sent via email each week from the PBS Events team Please refer to this email for any changes to schedule and confirmation on the format. If you are a member of LSE staff or a student from outside the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, please email to join the mailing list.

Speakers 2023/24

Autumn Term

  • Wednesday 27 September 2023
    Dr Bouke Klein Teeselink
    , King's College London
    Title: “Discounts Shift the Demand Curve: Evidence from Life-Saving Medications”
  • Wednesday 4 October 2023
    Dr George Melios, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
    Title: '"Sleeping with the enemy": The role of politics in online dating' 
  • Wednesday 11 October 2023
    Dr Nicole Redvers, Western University
    Title: "Indigenous Reflections on Land-based Research Methodologies"
  • Wednesday 8 November 2023
    Professor Paul O’Keefe
    , University of Exeter Business School
    Title: "Why Telling People to Find Their Passion is Bad Advice"
  • Wednesday 15 November 2023
    Dr Alina Velias, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, PBS
    Title: "Measuring beliefs, knowledge, and preferences"
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023
    Dr Adriana Monago, University of California Santa Cruz
    Title: "Adolescents as Agents of Cultural Change and Continuity through their use of Social Media" 
  • Wednesday 29 November 2023
    Dr Adam Harris
    , UCL
    Title: "The prevalence & consequences of the severity effect in probability communication"

Winter Term

  • Wednesday 17 January 2024
    Dr Lee de Wit
    , University of Cambridge
    Title: "The political psychology of false polarization and real polarization around the cultural axis"
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024
    Dr Andreas Kotsadam, University of Oslo 
    Title: "The Social Transmission of Support for Authoritarian Rule: Evidence from Field and Survey Experiments"
  • Wednesday 31 January 2024
    Dr Charles Ogunbode
    , University of Nottingham
    Title: "Climate justice perceptions around the world"
  • Wednesday 7 February 2024
    Dr Lauren Howe
    , University of Zurich
    Title: "Does playing up one's humanity pay off for leaders?"
  • Wednesday 14 February 2024
    Dr Will M Gervais,
     Brunel University
    Title: "Atheism as a Testing Ground For Theories of Religion"
  • Wednesday 28 February 2024
    Dr Catherine Thomas
    , University of Michigan
    Title: "Culturally Wise Interventions and Their Influence on Meaning Making and Behavior Across Diverse Cultural Contexts"
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
    Dr Anne Templeton
    , University of Edinburgh
    Title: "Trying to understand how and why the public respond to safety guidance in emergencies – emphasis on the trying"
  • Wednesday 20 March 2024
    Dr Ekaterina Oparina
    , LSE
    Title: "Talking Therapy: Impacts of a Nationwide Mental Health Service in England" 
  • Wednesday 27 March 2024
    Professor Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton
    Title: "To Be Truthful or to Be Wonderful? The Rocky Road to Self-Knowledge"

Spring Term Bonus Seminars

  • Wednesday 15 May 2024, 12-1.15pm
    Professor Michelle Ryan
    , Australian National University
    Title: "To Advance Gender Equality, Use the Evidence"
  • Wednesday 5 June 2024, 12-1.15pm
    Dr Mai Albzour, Birzeit University 
    Title: "Portraying Palestine in the Social Psychology of Prejudice and Reconciliation - On Imposing Moral Guidelines on Oppressed Groups with Technical Concepts"

Past speakers


Previous years 

  • Vanessa Bohns, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Cornell University
  • Patrick Humphreys, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
  • Margaret Samahita, Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, University College Dublin and a Research Fellow at the Geary Institute for Public Policy
  • Laura M. Giurge, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE
  • June Gruber, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Ullrich Ecker, University of Western Australia
  • Moshe Hoffman, Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Lecturer at Harvard's Department of Economics. 
  • Renata Bongiorno, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter
  • Kristian Nielsen, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge
  • Umberto Castiello, University of Padova, Principle Investigator, NEMO Laboratory
  • Amanda Williams (IMD)
  • Gregg Sparkman, Princeton University
  • Sander van der Linden, University of Cambridge
  • Shahzeen Attari, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Gordon Flett, York University Canada
  • Charless Efferson, University of Lausanne
  • Patrick Hoggard, UCL
  • Daniel Nettle, Newcastle University
  • Aiyana Willard, Brunel
  • Armin Falk, University of Bonn
  • Rex Wright, University of North Texas
  • Reto Odermatt, University of Basel
  • Thomas Graeber, Harvard University