Reader in Experimental Psychology, Queen Mary University of London
The ethos of my work has been to take a critical eye to well accepted views and challenge the status quo. As a result, my research interests cover a range of areas that include decision-making, learning, problem-solving, biases, risk and uncertainty, agency and control, and the unconscious. (see www.magda.osman.co.uk)
My research helps answer questions like: How do we make decisions in uncertain situation? Does our unconscious rule our behaviour?
For instance, my work has shown that when making complex decisions, we do best when we figure out what the underlying causal set up of the situation is. My work also shows that our belief in our ability to control the world around us helps to reduce our experiences of uncertainty, and helps improve our actual ability to control different situations. My work and that of my lab also helps to show that methods, such as nudges, designed to improve our decision-making are not reliable, are ethically problematic, and that the public have concerns about them, especially if the nudges are designed by government bodies compared to scientists.
Jun 21, 2023 07:26 am UTC| Insights & Views
Several polls in the past couple of years (including from Ipsos, YouGov and most recently Savanta on behalf of Kings College Policy Institute and the BBC) have been examining the kinds of conspiratorial beliefs people...
May 28, 2021 11:22 am UTC| Health
Sometimes when I ask myself why Ive made a certain choice, I realise I dont actually know. To what extent we are ruled by things we arent conscious of? Paul, 43, London Why did you buy your car? Why did you fall in...