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Alicia Melis
Alicia Melis

Dr Melis is Associate Professor in behavioural science and decision-making. Incorporating insights from psychology, behavioural economics and anthropology, she investigates the psychology supporting teamwork and prosocial behaviour. Alicia works with human children and with chimpanzee populations in East Africa to explore how our social skills develop, and how insights from our closest-living primate relatives can inform our understanding of human behaviour.

 

Dave Lagnado

Dave Lagnado

Professor Lagnado studies how people make decisions in an uncertain and changing world. He draws on his training in psychology, philosophy and AI, and an earlier career as a jazz musician. He has co-authored a textbook on the psychology of decision-making – Straight Choices - and has a new book on evidential reasoning - Explaining the evidence: How the mind investigates the world. He has helped US intelligence, UK government, and various financial and tech companies, such as BlackRock, Nokia and Huawei, develop methods to improve reasoning and decision-making.

 

Nichola Raihani

Nichola Raihani

Professor Raihani is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Evolution and Behaviour. She studies the evolution of social behaviour, and specifically focusses on the intricacies of human social behaviour. Nichola has worked in the Kalahari Desert, the Australian outback and the Great Barrier Reef; and is the author of The Social Instinct: How Cooperation Shaped the World (published in 2021). She has worked with a variety of companies, including JustGiving, International Hotel Group and Ogilvy.

 

Lasana Harris

Lasana Harris

Professor Harris is a cognitive neuroscientist and social psychologist who explores how people think about other minds. His research explores this crucial social cognitive ability in several domains. He has consulted with a range of public and private sector organisations, including Public Health England, Unilever, the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, and the US Military.

 

Daniel Richardson

Daniel Richardson

Professor Richardson examines how individuals' thought processes are related to the people around them. Daniel has authored two popular science books: Man vs Mind and A Dummies Guide to Social Psychology; and has worked with companies such as Audible, Heineken, and Vue cinema, using physiological sensors and experimental techniques to understand consumer experience.

 

Stephen Dewitt

Stephen Dewitt

Dr Dewitt studies how people reason, make decisions and solve problems both as individuals and in groups. He has worked with many organisations to improve the quality and efficiency of decision making, including HM Land Registry and Southern Water. He is currently working on books on belief updating and reasoning in a complex world.

 

Joe Devlin
Joe Devlin

Professor Devlin received his PhD in artificial intelligence but found himself more interested in how human minds work. After training in neuroimaging at Cambridge and Oxford, he established a reputation as a leading researcher in how the brain processes language. Joe has worked with various companies, including Audible, CNN, JWT and Vue, and runs regular workshops on neuroscience and consumer decision-making.

 

John Hogan 
John Hogan

As a neuroscientist at UCL, Dr. Hogan investigates the early visual processes involved in reading. When not in the neuroimaging lab, John works on research projects with corporate clients aimed at improving our understanding of human judgement and decision making. With over 10 years of consultancy experience, John has provided research services for clients such as Virgin Media, Digitas LBi, Leo Burnett, and MacClaren McCann.