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Department of Psychology

Welcome to CUBIT

The Cambridge University Behavioural Insights Team (CUBIT) aims to facilitate networking between researchers interested in the translation of behavioural science across the University. We connect social psychologists, behavioural economists, experts in public policy, health, the environment, engineering and design with others who would like to use the latest behavioural insights to tackle the challenges of today. This project is in its first stages, and we hope to facilitate a range of behavioural insights inspired-activities across the University.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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2020: Michaelmas

For Michaelmas 2020, we will convene (via Zoom) six events on the theme of Polarisation:

  • 2 journal club sessions
  • 1 post-election discussion with invited guests
  • 1 applied Behavioural Insights event
  • 1 panel event

 

Journal Club (Reading Group)

Live discussion on cutting-edge research about political polarisation with leading expert in field; aimed to facilitate engagement between disciplines and between behavioural research and policymakers in Cambridge

Thursday, 29th October 2020 @ 16:00 GMT
The Psychology of Political Polarisation
Author: Jeffrey Lees (Harvard University)
Paper: The general fault in our fault lines (replication of Inaccurate group meta-perceptions drive negative out-group attributions in competitive contexts)

Thursday, 19th November 2020 @ 16:00 GMT
The Origins of Online Outrage
Author: William Brady (Yale University)
Paper: How social learning amplifies moral outrage expression in online social networks

 

Post-Election Discussion

A dynamic discussion with experts in political polarisation on the outcome of the 2020 US election

Thursday, 5th November 2020 @ 16:00 GMT
Discussion on polarisation during the 2020 US Presidential election
Guests: Ali Goldsworthy, Alex Chesterfield, & Laura Osborne

 

Applied Behavioural Insights

Getting perspectives on how behavioural insights can actually be applied to solve pressing real-world challenges

Thursday, 12th November 2020 @ 16:00 GMT
Promoting Peace Through Media Interventions in Colombia
Author: Andres Casas (University of Pennsylvania)
Paper: Single exposure to a media intervention helps promote peace in Colombia

 

Panel Event

Our final event, where our invited experts reflect on previous sessions and debate on the future of political polarisation

Thursday, 3rd December 2020 @ 16:00 GMT
The Future of Political Polarisation
Panellists: Jeffrey Lees, Andres Casas, William Brady & Leor Zmigrod

 

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JOIN OUR GROUP

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Contact / Mailing List

If you are interested in joining one of our events or hearing more about our upcoming plans, please sign up to our mailing list by filling in this form. For any other inquiries, please email Rakoen Maertens (rm938@cam.ac.uk).

CUBIT Committee 2020-2021

Dr Lee de-Wit
Dr Leor Zmigrod
Melisa Basol
Sakshi Ghai
Maris Vainre
Rakoen Maertens

CUBIT Committee 2019-2020

Dr Lee de-Wit
Dr Leor Zmigrod
Melisa Basol
Tessa Buchanan
Rakoen Maertens

 

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BLOG POSTS

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12th August 2020 | COVID-19 and Mental Health
https://www.cubit.psychol.cam.ac.uk/index.php/2020/08/12/is-technology-b...

 

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PAST EVENTS

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2020: Easter

Reading Group

For Easter 2020, we convened reading group discussions on the theme of Mental Health in the context of COVID-19. These events were hosted on Zoom.

We also hosted a final discussion on the theme of Disruption.

Panel Event

We hosted an online Panel Event on COVID-19 and Mental Health on the 21st of May 2020, bringing together three experts on COVID-19 and Mental Health, each providing a unique point of discussion, all through the lens of behavioural science:

Prof Tim Dalgleish | on positive health impacts of the crisis | paper

Dr Amy Orben | on our current relationship with technology | paper

Dr Julieta Galante | on the role and potential of online therapy | paper

Careers Event

We hosted a virtual Behavioural Insights Careers Event  on the 23rd of April 2020. The event included presentations and an opportunity to pose questions to colleagues from the Civil Service (Cabinet Office), Facebook, The Behavioural Insights Team and Common Thread.

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2020: Lent

Reading Group

For Lent 2020, we convened one reading group discussion on the theme of Disruption. During this meeting, researchers from various domains and perspectives were invited to actively take part in the discussion of a paper.

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2019: Michaelmas

Reading Group

For Michaelmas 2019, we convened three reading group discussions on the theme of Climate Change. During these meetings, researchers from various domains and perspectives were invited to actively take part in the discussion of a paper.

 

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