Behavioural Science at Work: An introduction

On Friday 5th October, Prof Gaëlle Vallée-Tourangeau (Head of the Decisions, Attitudes, Risk and Thinking research group) and Mr Samuel Keightly (Behaviourial Science Lab manager) will lead a workshop introducing the behavioural science research approach and its methods.

Behavioural science is the branch of psychology which explores people’s cognitive processes and the interaction between cognition and behaviours. Behavioural scientists are interested in people’s thoughts, their cognitive and behavioural performance. The main research strategy of behavioural science is the so-called experimental research strategy as behavioural scientists seek to establish and demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships between variables. To accomplish this goal, researchers conduct randomised experiments where they manipulate one or more variables and evaluate the effect of their manipulation on behavioural and cognitive measures. In this workshop you will be introduced to the experimental research strategy in more details and how it may be applied to work and business psychology issues. Its application will be illustrated with various behavioural measures (risk-taking, reaction times, video recording, eye-tracking) and research topics (risk taking, cognitive performance, and problem-solving). The session will conclude with a discussion of the advantages and limitations of behavioural science and the experimental research strategy approach as well as suggestions for those interested in learning more about this approach. As part of the session, you will be given the opportunity to go on a guided visit the Behavioural Science Lab and take part in a clerical computer performance study.

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