Our research focuses on social behaviour: In which situations do people behave prosocially, and in which do they act antisocially? How are people influenced by others in their decision-making? How do we change our beliefs in response to social information? Answers to these questions are central for successful societies as well as to individual well-being. 

Key Publications

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Kappes, A., Harvey, A. H., Lohrenz, T., Montague, P. R., Sharot, T, (2020) Confirmation bias in the utilization of others' opinion strength. Nature Neuroscience

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Kappes, A., Nussberger, A. N., Faber, N. S., Kahane, G., Savulescu, J., Crockett, M. J., (2018) Uncertainty about the impact of social decisions leads to prosocial behaviour. Nature Human Behaviour

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Kappes, A., Faber, N. S., Kahane, G., Savulescu, J., Crockett, M. J., (2018) Concern for Others Leads to Vicarious Optimism. Psychological Science