Established by Dr Andreas Kappes in 2018, the Other Lab is ever growing with people from diverse backgrounds and interests. If you are interested in our work click here to contact us and learn more.
Dr Andreas Kappes
Andreas is interested in better understanding the social behaviour of humans, using theories and methods from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics. Andreas is currently a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London, and has been lecturing there since 2017. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and prior to joining City, he developed expertise in psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics through his experience working at University College London (with Tali Sharot) and Oxford (with Molly Crockett), and New York University. His research has been published in Psychological Science, Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Neuroscience and various social psychological journals. Andreas’ primary interest is information processing and how it informs decision-making and behaviour, especially in a social context; and has a keen interest in using science to inform policy.
Yasemin is currently completing her PhD at City University of London under the supervison of Andreas Kappes and James Yearsley. She holds an MSc with distinction in Social Cognition: Research and Applications from University College London, and a first-class BSc (hons) in Psychology from City, University of London. She has a keen interest in social behaviour and cognition; especially regarding beliefs, biases, and the seeking/ integration of information. She has been a Research Assistant with The Other Lab since 2018, where her research focuses on understanding, measuring and overcoming belief updating biases.
Rita holds an MSc in Clinical, Social and Cognitive Neuroscience from City, University of London, and a BSc (hons) in Psychology with the Open University. She has been a Research Assistant with The Other Lab since 2019. Rita is currently working on developing a psychological framework on the techniques used by Creative Writers to elicit empathetic concern for marginalised groups. As well as a project that examines Personality Disorders and Beliefs. Rita is also interested in forensic psychology using neuroscience methods, and has gained relevant experience through her past position at South London and Maudsley NHS, Youth Offending Service; and her current role as a Research Assistant at Broadmoor Hospital. She is particularly interested in understanding how reward processes and learning lead to maladaptive behaviours
Constanza holds an MSc in Behavioural Economics from City, University of London, and a BSc in Engineering, specialising in Industrial Engineering and Transportation Engineering, from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She started as a Research Assistant with The Other Lab in 2021, and is interested in Human/Artificial Intelligence interactions. She is currently researching people's behaviour when confronted with Artificial Intelligence-based systems, particularly when making financial decisions. Constanza has experience working in strategy and innovation consulting, and has a keen interest in the development of technological tools to improve human lives.
Muhammad holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology from City, University of London, and has been a Research Assistant in the Other Lab since 2018. Muhammad is an aspiring Clinical psychologist, with clinical experience following his year-long placement as a Honorary Assistant-Psychologist at Tower Hamlets CLDS. During his placement he gained a lot of insight into the cultural implications of mental health as well as its applications. He is particularly interested in the intersection between culture, morality, and mental health, with a focus on population ethics. Muhammad is currently seeking a role as an assistant clinical psychologist.
Olivia is currently completing her final year of her BSc (hons) in Psychology at City, University of London. She joined The Other Lab in 2021, as part of a replication project team. She is interested in social and forensic research, and is currently working on a replication of ‘When Forgiving Enhances Psychological Well-Being: The Role of Interpersonal Commitment’ but with additional moderation for culture (Individual vs collective) and the dark triad. She is also working on a project investigating the differences in bullying behaviour in vulnerable and grandiose narcissists across genders.
Afsana is in the final year of her Psychology BSc (hons) degree, she works as a part-time Research Assistant as well as being part of The Other Lab wherein she is gaining further research skills and experience. Her interests lie largely in race, disparities, autism, learning differences and mental health research. Afsana is currently working on projects exploring the psychological challenges of those with long-term health conditions and how forgiveness impacts wellbeing with a cultural extension.
Former lab members
Sofia Allueva Yuste
Sofia is currently an Associate Research Consultant at Portland, a Public Relations and Communications consultancy. She has an MSc in Social Cognition: Research and Application for University College London, and a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology from City, University of London. She has applied social and marketing research experience from her role in Westco Communications; The Communications agency for social good, improving lives and changing views. She was a Research Assistant with The Other Lab, from 2018 to 2019, where her research focused on aspects of social behaviour such as vicarious optimism and decision-making under uncertainty.
Sara is currently completing an MSc in Political Sociology at LSE and is planning to pursue a PhD in the future. Sara graduated with a first-class BSc (hons) in Psychology from City, University of London in 2021. She was a Research Assistant in The Other Lab from early-2019 until mid-2021. During this time, she worked on projects that examined topics such as belief updating biases, depression, and moral evaluations.