Welcome to the website of the Decisions, Attitudes, Risk and Thinking (DART) Research Centre. DART is an interdisciplinary research centre at Kingston Business School. Our mission is to conduct state-of-the-art behavioural science research to provide a scientifically rigorous and ethically sound basis for effective decision-making and innovative problem-solving.
The DART research centre brings together experts in behavioural science working in the fields of judgement and decision-making, and thinking and problem-solving. We are committed to promote fairness, transparency, and sustainable development in our research practice. We are striving to make our contribution to knowledge accessible, interdisciplinary and useful to external organisations and the public.
We study how people make judgments and decisions, and how they interact with their environment to create innovative and adaptive solutions to the obstacles or dilemmas they encounter. We also seek to understand both how those behaviours and decision processes impact their health and well-being as well as that of others, their achievements and capabilities.
Topic include (but are not limited to): vaccination decision-making, career decision-making, responsibility judgments, probability judgments and statistical reasoning, choice framing effects, the ethics of nudging, risk communication, insight problem solving, numeracy or the ability to think with numbers, the role of intuition in thinking and decision-making, motivation in the workplace and behavioural change, job performance, daily time management, procrastination, personal productivity.
Our behavioural research methods are mixed and multi-disciplinary, ranging from online experimental vignette studies, reaction-time and eye-tracking lab studies, to large scale surveys, video-based observations, focus groups and interviews.
The group meets monthly to share and discuss the latest research in behavioural decision research with guest researchers. We also organise training workshops and PracAcademics BarCamps (open, participatory workshops aiming to promote interactions and knowledge sharing between academics and practitioners).
We are always looking for new participants to recruit to take part in our research both for in-person studies in the Kingston Behavioural Research Lab in Kingston Business School and for online studies accessible online on a home computer.
We also offer research consultancy services for applying behavioral sciences across multiple contexts and provide innovative solutions for addressing behavioural challenges faced by managers and policymakers.