From gaze behavior and pupil size to attitudes and opinions, we examine how the underlying cognitive and affective processes shape individual and collective decisions, behavior, and consequently institutional success. To investigate these mechanisms, we employ methods from social cognition, personality psychology, behavioral economics, and computational social science.
Research within the institute seeks to understand how decision-makers within institutions think and act. As a research group, we aim to answer questions like: How much effort should I invest in a group project? How to react when asked for help by a co-worker? Is it worth engaging in counter-productive workplace behavior? How should I set up the institutional framework to foster trust and cooperation within my organization and design mechanisms that prevent discrimination and create inclusive work environments? To address these questions we utilize different tools such as eye-tracking, response times, text and image analysis, surveys, and interactive online, lab, and field experiments.