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Professor Nick Chater

Professor of Behavioural Science

Research Interests

Cognitive and behavioural sciences, especially reasoning, decision making and language. Experimental, computational and mathematical studies of basic mental processes. Applications to public policy and the private sector.

Teaching in 2015-2016

Executive MBA
  • IB9AP0: Behavioural Sciences for the Manager
MSc Business
  • IB9AN0: Principles of Cognition
Research Students
  • IB9FG0: Theories and Research in Organizational Psychology
  • IB3120: Project (Full weight)

Behavioural Science Group, Organising Healthcare Research Network

Email:  /  Tel: 024 765 24506


Nick Chater joined WBS in 2010, after holding chairs in psychology at Warwick and UCL. He has over 200 publications, has won four national awards for psychological research, and has served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Science, Psychological Review, and Psychological Science. He was elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2010 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2012. Nick is co-founder of the research consultancy Decision Technology; and is on the advisory board of the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insight Team (BIT), popularly know as the 'Nudge Unit'.


Journal Articles

Journal Items

Conference Items

  • Quesada, J., Adelman, J. and Chater, N. (2006) "Situational frequency judgments are influenced by contextual diversity", Proceedings of the 2006 meeting of the Cognitive Science Society , pp 2592
  • Adelman, J., Quesada, J. and Chater, N. (2005) "Frequency judgments are diversity judgements",
  • Reimers, S., Stewart, N. and Chater, N. (2003) "Choice set options affect the valuation of risky prospects", PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY, Pts 1 and 2 , pp 988-993
  • Stewart, N. and Chater, N. (2003) "No unified scales for perceptual magnitudes: Evidence from loudness", PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE SOCIETY, Pts 1 and 2 , pp 1116-1121
  • Stewart, N., Chater, N. and Stott, H. (2001) "Effect of choice set on valuation of risky prospects", , pp 982-987

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