The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) was established in 2007 by the Faculty of Social Science at University of East Anglia.  The Centre's mission is to further the long tradition at UEA of using controlled laboratory and field experiments to study key questions in the social sciences, from foundational and methodological issues to applied research.

Together with our colleagues at the University of Nottingham and University of Warwick, we are founding members of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science.

Researchers in CBESS are currently pursuing three main themes of research. The Preferences and Cognition cluster ask fundamental questions about how humans form judgments about uncertainty and values.  The Competition and Strategic Reasoning cluster investigate how individuals anticipate and react to actions of others, and solve tensions between competitive and cooperative incentives.  The Behaviour and Institutions cluster study how culture, society, and identity come together to influence how groups interact.

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Upcoming publication from Oana Borcan

The American Economic Association has featured Dr Oana Borcan's work on corruption in the Romanian education system, in their recent Chart of the Week;  Who wins when...

Amrish Patel (CBESS/UEA) and Martin Dufwenberg (Arizona) edit a special issue of JEBO on Psychological Game Theory.

Psychological Game Theory is a formal framework for studying strategic interaction when players have belief-dependent motivations. The framework was first introduced by Geanakoplos, Pearce and...

External Speakers

CBESS welcomes the following external speakers: Marc Zeelenberg (Tilburg): 7 February 2017. Sanjeev Goyal (Cambridge): 14 March 2017.  Daniel Balliet (Amsterdam): 9 May 2017. More...

Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries

CBESS is pleased to announce that UEA will be holding the Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC), on 20 and 21 April 2017. The aim of the conference is to...

New Publication

CBESS member Dr David Hugh-Jones (University of East Anglia) has published his paper; "The logic of costly punishment reversed: expropriation of free-riders and outsiders", in the Journal of...

Contact Contact

For enquiries regarding the Centre, please contact the Director:

Dr Anders Poulsen
Director, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science
School of Economics
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Email: A.Poulsen@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 591066


Finding us

If you are visiting the Centre from off the UEA campus, please click here for travel details.