Prospective Ph.D. Students
I am currently accepting Ph.D. students. Here's the pitch.
Ten reasons to come to Warwick to work with me:
10. The University of Warwick is very possibly the best place in Europe to study behavioural science. I know that sounds biased, but I said the same thing to a student before I was employed here!
9. I'm very interested in interdisciplinary work. My home discipline is basic cognitive science, but I get ideas from all areas of psychology and fields as diverse as philosophy, biology, economics, political science, sociology, history, anthropology, and statistics. Warwick's awesome logo (see left) very much captures this ethos.
8. I'm also excited by interdisciplinary methods. The bread and butter of my work is experiments of adult cognition. But I've also been involved in projects using developmental, cross-cultural, mathematical modeling, computational linguistics, and econometric techniques. Let's let the question decide the methods, not the other way around.
7. Considering that I do basic science, I'm very interested in the real world; in fact, not long ago I worked in a Marketing department. Let's work on things that matter; maybe we can even change the world! Warwick's motto is "Mens agitat molem" – "Mind moves matter."
6. I've lived and worked in both the US and UK, and at lots of institutions (Yale, UCL, Bath, and Warwick). Having been around the block a few times I have a pretty good sense for how things work in different systems and in different fields.
5. My colleagues at Warwick are ridiculously smart and absurdly nice. Just down the hall from my office in the Behavioural Science Group are the likes of Gordon Brown, Michaela Gummerum, Thomas Hills, Manos Konstantinides, Elliot Ludvig, Adam Sanborn, Kim Wade, Lukasz Walasek, and Derrick Watson, and that's just the start. Down the road at Warwick Business School, they have (believe it or not) yet another group of amazing behavioural scientists.
4. Because we have such a massive number of behavioural science people across departments at Warwick, there are numerous opportunities to engage with the intellectual community. For example, we have weekly internal seminars, nearly weekly external speakers in the interdisciplinary Decision Research at Warwick series, frequent external speakers in our own department, and tons of other events – I've already been here six months and I feel like I'm discovering something new every week.
3. I have pretty good insights about how to have a successful academic career and, if that's something you want, I'll do my best to help you make it happen. I'm on the department's Postgraduate Career Taskforce – and the fact that we have such a taskforce speaks well of the department's broad commitment to our students' success.
2. I study things that are really interesting. (Or at least I think so! If you agree, maybe we're a good match.) A few things I'm particularly curious about these days:
Basic psychological mechanisms of explanation and morality
Lay theories about how the economy works
How psychological, social, and economic processes work together interactively to shape our economic and political institutions
How people decide which charities to donate to
Behavioral economics applied to voters and civil servants
1. I'll give you lots of good music suggestions. For example, here's an incredible recording of an incredible string quartet. If this doesn't give you chills, I don't know what will.
0. This very cute dog wants you to apply. Don't make Mozzi sad!
We currently have several fellowship positions available (deadline 25 April 2021), with three slots earmarked for me and my brilliant colleagues Manos Konstantinides and Kirsty Lee. There are other potential sources of funding, although it's too late for some of them for this academic year. If you're interested in working with me, I would encourage you to contact me before applying.