Improving psychological science
Our lab conducts dedicated work on the exploration of those areas of psychological research where improvement is most needed and we participate in the development and advocacy of new best practices. We participate in a number of replications every year. Currently, we have running projects in the following topics:
- exploration of the researchers’ data-management mistakes
- blockers and boosters of the efficiency of research
- objective and subjective benefits of preregistration
- transparency checklist for researchers
- Potentials of Bayesian inference in psychology
In the last years, the lab has explored several methodological and empirical questions in the decision making and reasoning fields. Recently, our interest moved partly to the exploration of the underlying processes in decision making, naming cognitive control. Cognitive control is the mechanism by which we are able to follow instructions and overwrite our immediate responses for some long-term benefits. Very little known about this mechanism and what influences our success in keeping our control. These questions are best explored in laboratory circumstances and we spent years of research in the development of a bias-free testing procedure. The crucial data collection is about to come…
Nudging staircase use
One of the most important elements in designing and executing successful choice architecture interventions is the proper assessment of influencing environmental, social and psychological factors. Staircase use is an ideal field of study to show the advantages of prior assessment since numerous studies exist with different intervention methods, but so far only a handful of influencing factors have been considered. With these factors collected, more customized and better-targeted interventions could be performed. Also, steering people towards more frequent staircase use is beneficial and helpful for them in transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.
Poverty and economic inequality
Our lab is also working projects which aim to support the most vulnerable population (poor and uneducated) to make better decisions. We investigate the consequences of economic inequality within communities aiming to identify the psychological, behavioural, and structural barriers which inhibit the poor’s ability to succeed in areas with high economic inequality. In one research project, we investigate how inequality intensifies the financial hardship experienced by the poor. In another project, we identify how and why inequality influences the poor’s trade-offs between time vs money.