Centre for Behavioural Science

Working with us

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Understanding how people think, feel and act in different situations can help us design better policies, products and services, and improve outcomes in everything from healthcare to business.

Our behavioural science expertise and resources have been influencing practice, policy and understanding for more than three decades.

Our Behavioural Science Lab offers the controlled environment needed for trustworthy research and our experience shows that as well as researchers, businesses, non-academic partners and government departments can all benefit from working with us.

There are lots of ways you can work with us. All you need to do is bring your brilliant ideas.

Business solutions

Behavioural science can transform your business idea, product or service.

We’re already working with a regional health technology company aiming to improve peoples’ health by discovering and delivering more effective brain health assessments and methods of completing them at home and in-clinic.

We believe our biometric testing equipment could be invaluable to their mission, and those of other external partners, providing unique insights into how people engage with their software tools.

Why work with us:

If you want to use our lab for your experiment, we’ve got a pool of more than 2,000 subjects who we can invite to take part. If you are new to academic research, our dedicated Lab Manager can ensure your planned research is safe and secure, and that your results are publishable, by overseeing the ethical approval for your project, including a data sharing agreement that meets your needs.

If you want help designing your study, thinking through project logistics, or collecting data, we can do that too. All you need to do is bring your brilliant ideas.

Research solutions

Trustworthy behavioural science research depends on highly-ranked research expertise and the best quality testing facility, which is exactly what our Centre for Behavioural Science delivers.

There are lots of opportunities to collaborate with our researchers or use our Behavioural Science Lab.

Why work with us:

Using our Behavioural Science Lab

Academics from around the world have benefitted from conducting their experiments in our Behavioural Science Lab 

One hundred percent of researchers who completed our user survey were positive about their experience and we know many have returned time and again.

Damien Bol is a Professor of Political Behaviour at King’s College London. He studies people’s experience of elections across countries and needed a lab with capacity to run eight sessions of a group experiment with 21 participants in each session.

“I'm very happy with my overall experience. Before the experiment, Patrick Lown, who is very professional and efficient, facilitated greatly the preparation. During the experiment, I had the chance to be assisted by competent and helpful lab assistants. If the experiment went so smoothly, it is because of them.”
Professor Damien Bol

Lynn Prince Cooke is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. She chose our Lab to conduct experiments for her project The New Shape of Family-Related Gender Stratification, which maps gender differences in employment, earning and domestic divisions among and between women and men.

“The Lab has a pool of participants, which helps an experiment recruit a sufficient number for the study. The facility is also very well maintained. The lab assistants are very helpful, so much so that a researcher doesn't have to pay attention to all the details when conducting the study."
Professor Lynn Prince Cooke
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