Professor Ben Newell

Professor Ben Newell

Professor Ben Newell

Professor & Deputy Head of School

BSc, Psychology, University of Nottingham
PhD, Psychology, University of New South Wales

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 1606
Email: Professor Ben Newell
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 701

Research Summary

Research Areas: My research focusses on the cognitive processes underlying judgment, choice and decision making and the application of this knowledge to environmental, medical, financial and forensic contexts.

Current Research Projects:
Project: Irrational, Biased or Predictable? How Do We Make Decisions?
Project: The Psychology of Climate Change Communication
Project: Saving for Retirement? If Not, Why Not?

Research Lab: Benjamin Newell



PSYC 3211: Cognitive Science


For a full listing of all my publications, please view my UNSW Research Gateway profile.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Research Fellowships:

Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-2015)

Recent Research Grants:

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: "Unifying decisions from experience and description" (with Chris Donkin): 2016-2018.
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: "Risky Futures: Toward a computational process model of risky inter-temporal choice" (with Don van Ravenzwaaij): 2014-2016.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Project: "Super financial security" (with Bateman, Ortmann, Thorp, Dobrescu): 2015-2017
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship: “Adapting cognition to a changing climate”: 2012-2015.
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: “Exemplar-based and category-based approaches to inductive inference” (with Brett Hayes): 2012-2014.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant: “Creating a Climate for Change” (with Brett Hayes, Stephan Lewandowsky, Marilynn Brewer, Andy Pitman, Matt England, and Chris Mitchell): 2012-2014.
  • Australian Research Council Discovery Grant: “Toward a unified account of adaptive decision making: learning to search stop and decide” (with Michael Lee): 2011-2013.
  • Australian Research Council Linkage Grant: “Reconnecting and engaging superannuation fund members” (with Ortmann, Bateman, Thorp, Dobrescu, Harrison & Wilcox): 2011-2013.

Current Research Students

Current PhD Students

Aba Szollosi

Annalese Bolton

Arthur Kary

Hanbit Cho

Shanta Dey


Lab Manager

Garston Liang


Past PhD Students

Megan Heffernan (Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW)

Fiona McDonald (Research and Evaluation Manager at CanTeen)

Adrian Camilleri (RMIT, School of Marketing)

Daniel De Zilva (Commonwealth Bank)

Sule Guney (University of Southern California)

Hui Chai (Behavioural Insights Team, NSW Govt.)

Christin Schulze (Centre for Adaptive Rationality, MPI, Berlin)

Carissa Bonner (School of Public Health, University of Sydney)

Ashley Luckman (Centre for Economic Psychology, Basel University)

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