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Dr Sander van der Linden FRSA

Subject Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
Fellow type Lecturers, Professors and College Officers
Year started 2016


Sander van der Linden is a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Churchill College.

Sander directs the Cambridge Social Decision-Making (CSDM) Lab and is broadly interested in social norms and social influence processes, human altruism and prosociality, and the psychology of risk, judgment, and decision-making. His research has received numerous awards from institutions such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and has been widely publicised in the media, including outlets such as Time Magazine, the BBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times. Van der Linden was nominated by Pacific Standard magazine as one of the “top thinkers under 30”.

He is also interested in behavioural policy-making and conducting psychological science in the public interest. Prior to his post at Cambridge, he lectured and directed a decision-making lab at Princeton University and was a visiting scholar (2012–2014) at Yale University. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

College positions


Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences