The Behavioural Science Lab

Welcome to the Behavioural Science Lab!

Below is a list of the fine people who work in the lab, who used to work in the lab, or who work adjacent to the lab.

Graduate students

Christie Newton is a MSc student in Organizational Studies at the Levene School of Business. Her research focuses on assessing analytic thinking and understanding how it relates to other behaviour like susceptibility to believing or sharing fake news.

Jabin Binnendyk is a MA student in the Department of Psychology. His research interests stem out of a desire to understand why polarization occurs and interventions aimed at alleviating it. This includes areas like partisan bias, discerning/ reducing the effects of “fake news”, and false polarization. In an era of conflict and communication breakdown how can we bridge these divides?

Honours students

Peace Dukuye is an honours student in the Department of Psychology. Her thesis, co-supervised with Shadi Beshai, relates to the roles of both protective and risk factors for mental health and their association with the ability to distinguish between true and false news content about COVID-19.

Lab Alumni

Jonathon McPhetres was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2019-2020. His research focuses on things such as why people reject science (and some great work specifically on GMO’s) and believe in misinformation. He is also very interested in physiological processes that relate to emotions and the chemical processes associated with reasoning. Jonathon is now an Assistant Professor at Durham University.

Sydney Brogden was a honours student in the lab in 2019-2020. Her research looked into whether source information impacts receptivity to pseudo-profound bullshit.

Eddye Kirk was an honours student in the lab in 2019-2020. Her researched was on whether the illusion of explanatory depth can be used to trigger people to detect fake news.

Shae Sackman was a research assistant in the lab in 2019-2020. Shae is interested in too many things to list, but the intersections of subjective experience and perception and how that interacts with social systems and institutions are a favourite. They are currently working on their Philosophy honours thesis on Hume, personal identity and Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Shehla Ahmad was a co-op research assistant in the summer of 2020. She helped track down fake news for the lab! Shehla is a Masters in Human Resource Management student at the University of Regina.

Friends of the lab & current collaborators

David Rand is the Erwin H. Schell Professor and an Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT Sloan.

Jonathan Fugelsang is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Derek Koehler is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Valerie Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nathaniel Barr is a Professor of Creativity and Creative Thinking at Sheridan College.

Paul Seli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Duke University.

Lisa Fazio in an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Sandeep Mishra is an Associate Professor at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph.

Justin Feeney is an Assistant Professor at the School of Business at Rhode Island College.

Shadi Beshai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina.

Laura Scherer is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

James Allen Cheyne is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. Al is the most interesting person in the world.

Bence Bago is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Toulouse.

Mohsen Mosleh is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Antonio Alonso Arechar is a Research Scientist at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Michael Nicholas Stagnaro is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.

Robert Ross is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University.

Ben Tappin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Michael Bronstein is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Nadia Brashier is a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

Zivvy Epstein is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab.

Jennifer Allen is a PhD student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cathy Xi Chen is a PhD student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Cameron Martel is a PhD student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Yunhao (Jerry) Zhang is a PhD student at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Evan Collins is an undergraduate student studying biochemical engineering and computer science at Yale University.