Anya is a research fellow at the Warwick Business School. She employs a range of approaches developed in social, personality and cognitive psychology, behavioural economics and broader decision making literature to understand real life choices. The primary line of her research concerns the psychological underpinnings of cooperation and prosocial behaviour using experimental economics games (e.g., public goods games). She is specifically interested in how different people react to unfair situations, and what factors (e.g., emotions, personality traits, cognitive appraisals) might colour their judgment and decisions in social dilemmas.
In addition, she has a strong interest in how basic research in cognitive psychology and decision making science can inform our understanding of choices outside of the lab in real-world scenarios, as well as individual differences in choices. In this respect she is interested in vocational choices (why different people choose different degrees to pursue at the university?), decisions about energy use/consumption (e.g., household energy use) and choices about personal data (why people may or may not donate/share their personal data). In terms of individual differences, she is interested in how basic cognitive mechanisms that were shown to affect people's decisions (reinforcement learning, inhibitory control) are related to higher level constructs, such as personality traits. She is also working on methodological approaches that can enrich the study of real world choices such as experience sampling with mobile phone diaries and through the means of wearable sensors (e.g. wearable cameras) to enhance people's reflections on their everyday behaviours/choices.