This group focuses on three interrelated research themes: Trust, leadership, and cooperation (TLC). People often find themselves in social situations – with strangers, colleagues, friends, or close partners. These social interactions largely define us, but they can be quite challenging too. Social Psychology (the basic science) and Organizational Psychology (her applied sister) help us understand those challenges and can answer fundamental questions about human sociality such as:

  •  How do people behave in social dilemmas?
  • What makes us trust or distrust one another?
  • How do leaders behave in organizations?
  • How do teams manage their complex group dynamics? 

To answer these questions, we draw from a broad range of research methods including surveys, economic games, observations, dynamic interaction analysis, cognitive and neuroscience methods.
Using a combination of experimental and field research and a broad range of innovating methodologies from psychology and adjacent disciplines (such as behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, psychometrics and meta-analysis) the programme examines the evolutionary, social and individual psychological processes shaping trust, cooperation, and leadership, and applies these insights to improve the welfare of individuals, relationships, groups, and organizations. TLC also investigates related topics such as altruism, justice, culture, self-regulation, personality and power. In light of the multidisciplinary focus of the programme, we actively engage in collaborations with researchers in other fields both inside and outside psychology and both nationally and internationally.