Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science

This is the official page for the LSE Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE is a leading international centre for research and teaching dedicated to uncovering the human mind and behaviour in society.

Operating as usual

Photos from Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science's post 15/03/2024

🌟 This week we had the great privilege of welcoming Professor Cass Sunstein to our department as part of our Behavioural Science and the Wider World seminar series. 🌟

πŸ›’ The title of Professor Sunstein's talk was "The Barbie Problem: Goods That People Buy But Wish Did Not Exist".

Professor Sunstein explained that the reasons that people might buy goods they do not enjoy, and may even pay a lot of money for them, are threefold:

πŸ”Ή Signalling to others
πŸ”Ή Signalling to oneself
πŸ”Ή Network effects and status competition

πŸ’΅ Paradoxically, when we measure people's willingness to pay for goods of this type, results suggest that they experience welfare gains, even though the actual existence of such goods produces a welfare loss. As a result, collective action, private or public, is necessary to eliminate goods that people consume but wish did not exist.

πŸ™Thank you, Professor Sunstein, for such an illuminating talk and discussion!

πŸ”— Read the paper:

🌍 More about the Wider World series:


πŸ“’ Applications for our AKO Master's Scholarships are now open!

πŸ’· We are offering two full (fees and a stipend) and eight tuition fees only Master's scholarships in the 2024/25 academic year, generously funded by the AKO Foundation.

🌍 Scholarship applicants should be citizens of South Asia, Africa or Latin America, and should be studying one of our one-year taught Master's programmes.

πŸŽ“ Applicants are expected to demonstrate how studying at LSE will enable them to contribute to societal impact activities in their home region after the successful completion of their degree.

β„Ή Learn more about the scholarships:


🌍 Calling all LSE students, academics, staff, and the wider academic community! Join us in creating the LSE Facial Library, a project aimed at enriching social science research with diversity and inclusion.

πŸ“Έ We're seeking participants from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds (African/Caribbean, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, Hispanic) from all AGES for a brief photo session on campus in Holborn, lasting just 10-15 minutes. Your involvement will help bridge the gap in current research methodologies, ensuring a representation that truly reflects our global community.

πŸ’· As a token of our appreciation, participants will receive Β£5 for their contribution.

Interested? Let's make a difference together! For details and to participate, please contact [email protected] or book directly through

The photos will only be used for research purposes and will not be shared or published otherwise.

Photo: Stock image from Canva


β„Ή Want to learn more about our unique Executive MSc Behavioural Science? Then why not sign up for our next information session!

πŸ“… 29 February 2024
⌚ 1-2pm GMT
πŸ“ Zoom

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ This is an opportunity for anyone interested in this exciting programme to ask questions and meet some of the programme staff virtually.

Learn more about the EMSc:


πŸ’‘ In the latest of our Spotlight interviews, we spoke to PBS Assistant Professor Dario Krpan about, among other things, his interest in transformative behavioural change and some of the challenges associated with research in this area, his favourite project to date, and what he thinks are the best and worst things about being an academic.

πŸ”— Read the interview:


⭐Aspiring to a Better Future: Can a Simple Psychological Intervention Reduce Poverty?

⭐When Product Markets Become Collective Traps: The Case of Social Media

⭐Maternal Life Satisfaction and Child Development: From Toddlerhood to Adolescence

⭐What Do People Want? Trading Off Different Aspects of Well-Being

⭐ The Parenthood Penalty in Mental Health: Evidence from Austria and Denmark

These are just some of the fascinating topics covered in this term's wellbeing seminars, hosted by LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and co-organised by Christian Krekel.

πŸ“… Seminars take place on Thursdays at 4-5pm.

πŸ—£ Check out the full programme and sign up at

The seminars are free and open to all.

Photos from Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science's post 13/12/2023

πŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all our fantastic MSc and PhD graduates! We are so proud of your achievements πŸ‘.

Thank you for choosing to be and PBS! πŸ’– Please keep in touch and let us know what you do next 🌟.


πŸ† PBS colleagues at the recent LSE Excellence in Education awards ceremony. These awards are made to staff who have demonstrated outstanding teaching contribution and educational leadership in their departments.

Huge congratulations to all our winners; Deema Awad, Carl Goodwin, Champa Heidbrink, Maxi Heitmayer, Chris Hunt, Christian Krekel, Dario Krpan, Kate Laffan, Rebecca Lee, Jens Madsen, Louise Millar, Sacha Ogosi, Tom Reader, Salvatore Ridino, Sean Rooney, William Stubbs, Dimitris Thomopoulos and Miriam Tresh

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! We are so proud of you πŸ‘

Photos from Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science's post 27/11/2023

Our PBS Master's students recently enjoyed a relaxing evening of drinks and bingo at CafΓ© Botanical, organised by the MSc student reps. We're so happy for all those who showed up and cannot wait for more such socials! πŸ‘


Using people’s feelings of happiness in real time to make better policy decisions

How we spend our time directly impacts how satisfied we are with our lives, and understanding the activities that bolster our wellbeing – and those that don’t – can help policymakers make better decisions when allocating resources. Research by Dr Christian Krekel from LSE's Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science is helping them do just that.

Read more in the latest issue of LSE's Research for the World magazine:


🌟 Spotlight on... Dr Ilka Gleibs 🌟

Dr Ilka Gleibs is Associate Professor in Social and Organisational Psychology in PBS. She is an expert in social identity dynamics and is currently working on several projects on social identity leadership.

Find out more about Ilka and her research in our latest Spotlight interview!


How can our Executive MSc Behavioural Science help you understand, predict and change human behaviour for the better?

Sign up to our virtual information session to find out more about this unique and dynamic programme πŸ‘‡

πŸ“… Weds 22 Nov
⏲ 2pm GMT
πŸ“ Zoom


Not one but two new podcast series from PBS faculty this week:

🎧Work Force with Dr Grace Lordan
🎧 Get Happier with Prof Paul Dolan

Check them out!


🌟Spotlight on... Professor Elizabeth Stokoe 🌟

PBS Professor Elizabeth Stokoe uses conversation analysis to identify (in)effective communicative practices in a wide range of settings including sales, police negotiation, mediation, the tech industry, healthcare and medicine. Her research findings are used to develop evidence-based training methods for practitioners in these areas.

πŸ”—Read more about Elizabeth and her fascinating research in the latest instalment of our Spotlight Series:


A few months ago we hosted an exciting event at LSE: A Science Slam! 🎀🀩

At a Science Slam researchers present their work in a novel and entertaining way to a non-expert audience. Our Science Slam featured PhD students from PBS and the Department of Health Policy and covered topics such as β€˜Does being yourself cost you money?’ and β€˜To be or not to be perfect’.

We are very grateful to our presenters for taking part. A special shout out to Robin Bachmann for initiating the Science Slam and to Jens Koed Madsen who moderated the event πŸ‘.

πŸ“½ Check out the video below for a taster, and visit to watch the full talks. πŸ€—πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ”¬


We recently welcomed our 10th cohort of Executive MSc Behavioural Science students to LSE! πŸ™Œ

Our EMSc is aimed at working professionals, with teaching taking place during three two-week intensive blocks. During the first week our students were introduced to Behavioural Science and Policy by Prof Paul Dolan and Prof Liam Delaney. During the second week they were taught Behavioural Decision Science by Dr Barbara Fasolo, Dr Umar Taj and Dr Luc Schneider.


πŸ“’Interested in and ? Join LSE's Centre for Economic Performance Wellbeing Seminars on Thursdays 4-5pm during term time. The events are hybrid and feature a different speaker every weekπŸ—£οΈ

Find out more & sign up to the mailing listπŸ‘‡

A theory of everyone: who we are, how we got here, and where we're going 19/09/2023

πŸ“†A Theory of Everyone: Who we are, how we got here, and where we're going: join us on 28 September for the launch of Dr Michael Muthukrishna's new book πŸ“–

Playing on the phrase β€œa theory of everything” from physics, Michael will discuss his ambitious, original and deeply hopeful book A Theory of Everyone with Matthew Syed.

The book draws on the most recent research from across the sciences, humanities, and the emerging field of cultural evolution to paint a panoramic picture of who we are and what exactly makes human beings different from all other forms of life on the planet 🌎

A theory of everyone: who we are, how we got here, and where we're going 6.30pm Thurs 28 Sept | Michael Muthukrishna | Matthew Syed | Registration Required | Free public event at LSE


We are so proud to have been ranked #1 in Psychology in The Times and Sunday Times UK University Rankings 2024! πŸ†

Thank you to all our fantastic colleagues for their hard work, and to all our amazing students for choosing to be ! πŸ™


We are so excited to have Jeremy Ginges join our department as Professor in !

Jeremy's research focuses on two related problems: how do humans decide whether to cooperate across cultural boundaries, and why do people sacrifice everything (their own lives, the lives of loved ones) for an abstract cause like nation or god? His work has been published in renowned publications and covered extensively in the popular press. It has also been used in policy briefings in the UK and US.

Jeremy is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He joins us from The New School for Social Research in New York.

Jeremy said of his appointment: "I am incredibly excited to be moving my lab to the LSE, and I am looking forward to joining the amazing group at and the broader community of scholars at The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE".

Photos from Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science's post 24/07/2023

Congratulations to the class of 2023! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

It was wonderful to see all our BSc, EMSc and PhD graduates and their families and friends last week! πŸŽ“ We are so proud of your achievements and can't wait to see what you do next. πŸ‘

πŸ“Έ Carl Goodwin Photography


We are delighted to share that Feiyang Wang recently passed her ! πŸ™Œ

Feiyang's comprised 17 experimental studies, including a field experiment, and has led (so far) to three peer-reviewed publications in international outlets and an award for best publication! She was supervised by Dr Fred Basso.

Congratulations Feiyang!! πŸŽ‰


Are you curious about human behaviour, and would like to learn how behavioural science insights can be used to address contemporary organisational and societal challenges? πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”¬πŸ₯½οΈ

Apply to our Executive MSc Behavioural Science, designed specifically for full-time professionals.

We're still accepting applications for September 2023 entry. πŸ™Œ



Congratulations to Amanda Henwood who recently passed her viva with Minor Amendments! πŸ‘

Amanda's research uses wellbeing-in-the-moment to measure, understand and influence overall . She was supervised by Professor Paul Dolan.


We are very excited to share that we have been ranked third in the UK for Psychology in The Complete University Guide. This is a significant achievement, especially since our undergraduate degree is relatively new and has only had one graduating cohort so far (pictured here)! πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“

Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to get our undergraduate programme off the ground, and to all our students who chose to be . We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you!✨

πŸ“· Carl Goodwin Photography

Read more:

Researchers of the Future | LSE Festival 13/06/2023

How do people make decisions, like deciding what to spend money on or whether to cheat on a test? How are your decisions related to the decisions others in your family make?

On Saturday 17 June our Behavioural Lab will be set up with hands-on demonstrations and activities, aimed specifically at 8-18 year olds (who should be accompanied by a parent or guardian). You can try activities from previous research, take part in current research, see the space, and talk with researchers about this type of science.

More information ⬇

Researchers of the Future | LSE Festival 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Sat 17 June | Free workshop at the LSE Festival: People and Change for children aged 10 to 18.

Photos from Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science's post 12/06/2023

We spent a sunny afternoon on the Thames recently with our Masters, PhD and final year undergraduate students, taking in the sights of London and celebrating the end of the academic year. Thanks to everyone that joined us! πŸŽ‰

Photo credit Carl Goodwin Photography


We are very happy to share that Dr Michael Muthukrishna has been awarded the Human Behavior & Evolution Society (HBES) Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution. Congratulations Michael! πŸ‘

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Our Story

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE conducts research and teaching into human psychology and behaviour.

What began over 50 years ago as a group of researchers studying psychology and society has expanded to become the focal point of psychological and behavioural science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. We are now home to a truly interdisciplinary faculty and research team, spanning research areas from social psychology to behavioural economics, political psychology to organisational culture, consumer behaviour to public engagement, and community development to global health, happiness and well-being.

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