The psychology of power: Neurological and psychosomatic markers of control

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of Psychology


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Description The post-doctoral fellowship enabled me to pursue several lines of research, mostly focusing on the physiological underpinnings of power and the consequences for decision making. One illustrative finding was that power-holders are more optimistic in their plans, often underestimating the time and effort it takes to complete tasks.
Exploitation Route The findings are currently informing risk management in the financial sector (esp. insurance) and in the public sector.
Sectors Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Government, Democracy and Justice

Description This fellowship was focused on training and career development. On the back of the training obtained during the fellowship, I have set up a psychophysiology laboratory, and an immersive virtual reality laboratory at the University of Kent, where undergraduate and postgraduate students acquire unique research skills. Some of the findings that emerged from work carried out during the fellowship have fed into reports commissioned by the financial services industry (esp. insurance) and the research council. This work had led to a heightened interest in behavioural science in the sector.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Education,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Other
Impact Types Societal,Economic

Description ESRC Co-Investment Grant
Amount £21,326 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Description Economic and Social Research Council Training and Networking Grant
Amount £32,239 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/H008071/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2009 
End 10/2011