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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New CBESS Working Paper

Paul Clist has a new Working Paper Paul Clist and Ying-yi Hong Why Do We Lie? Distinguishing Between Competing Lying Theories, (CBESS-19-03) Download Paper

New Publication

CBESS members Bereket Kebede and Arjan Verschoor have a new publication in economic Development and Cultural Change: The lion’s share. An experimental analysis of polygamy in Northern Nigeria ...

New CBESS Working Paper

22/02/2019 Anders Poulsen has a new Working Paper Anders Poulsen and Axel Sonntag Focality is Intuitive - Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Time Pressure in Coordination Games,...

Contests: Theory and Evidence 2019

Contests: Theory and Evidence 27 - 28 June 2019   The School of Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK, is pleased to announce its fifth annual...

CBESS internal PSY/ECON workshop on Friday: programme

CBESS Internal Economics-Psychology Workshop Friday 12 October, 1- 4 pm Meeting Room 1 (room 0.04) in the Estates Building (the building with the two large white chimneys. The room is in the...

Contact Contact

For enquiries regarding the Centre, please contact:

Dr Stefan Penczynski
School of Economics
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Email: S.Penczynski@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 591796


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