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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contexts

Supervisor: Dr Magda Osman

Project description

The project is based in a psychology department. The key objective of this project is to examine the following two questions:

  1. How does an individual's mental model (internal vs. external locus of control of a dynamic environment) effect performance at a group level?
  2. Can changing the mental model of the individual (i.e. increase perceptions of internal locus of control of a dynamic environment) increase performance at a group level?

The key innovation of this project is to advance our understanding of decision making in dynamic environments, which is a focus of the research in the DDM lab at Queen Mary, headed by Dr Osman. In addition, the project will utilize expertise from the management domain, in particular work in risk management in connection with Colleagues in Management (London, German, Denmark, New Zealand).

The project will adapt the paradigms developed thus far to address the theoretical and empirical questions concerning the interaction of agents in complex contexts. There are several opportunities to carry out work in applied domains (e.g. medical, financial, forensic).

Eligibility and applying

Expertise in psychology, management and economics is desirable. International students must provide evidence of proficient English language skills. See our entry requirements page for further information.

Potential candidates should contact Dr Magda Osman and submit their CV (including details of two referees) and a cover letter explaining their eligibility and interest in this project.

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