behavioural research lab

Experimental research on early release of prisoners during Covid now out in Plos One

September 13, 2021

Within the framework of the FCT-funded research project on “The role of meritocracy in legal decisions towards low status groups”, Rui Costa Lopes (co-coordinator of XLab) and his team conducted an experimental study demonstrating the persistence of racial inequalities, this time in terms of the public acceptance of the early release of black and white prisoners (to address the overcrowding of prisoners during the pandemic).

People are more unfavorable towards the early release of black prisoners when they have committed a stereotypically-black crime, but the same does not occur for white prisoners who have committed a stereotypically-white crime. Moreover, this bias is more pronounced for people who endorse the idea of meritocracy.

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Consumers’ acceptance of online pension investment advice relies on firm characteristics

May 15, 2019

While accounting for interaction satisfaction and demographics, C. Lourenço, B. Dellaert, and B. Donkers find that consumers’ perceptions of trust in and expertise of a firm providing online pension investment advice are important drivers of advice acceptance, and that these two constructs are clearly influenced by two key firm characteristics, profit orientation (for-profit vs. not-for-profit) and role in the sales channel (product provider vs. advisor-only).

Interestingly, and according to the data from large-scale survey-experiments, a ‘for-profit’ orientation can be seen as a double jeopardy for advisors because it negatively impacts consumer perceptions of both expertise and trustworthiness.

Find out more here.

Research opportunities at XLAB

May 9, 2019

XLAB is seeking undergraduated volunteer students. We are providing a research opportunity and experience in ISEG’s behavioural research laboratory.

Research assistants are not session participants. They perform a variety of research activities (e.g., help run the experiments, recruit participants).

Interest in social sciences is a plus. Research assistants are volunteer positions with no financial compensation. Weekly hour commitment is to be settled between XLAB and the assistant.

Anyone interested in volunteering in XLAB should contact Professor Sandra Maximiano.