Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales.

Ben’s research focuses on the cognitive processes underlying judgment, choice and decision making, and the application of this knowledge to environmental, medical, financial and forensic contexts. He is the lead author of Straight Choices: The Psychology of Decision Making and Open Minded: Searching for Truth about the Unconscious Mind.

He is on the Editorial Boards of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Thinking & Reasoning, Decision, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Experimental Psychology. Ben is also a Consulting Editor for Judgment & Decision Making.

Ben is a member of the inaugural Academic Advisory Panel of the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government.

Ben was appointed as Director of the new interdisciplinary UNSW Institute for Climate Risk and Response in 2023. For more information about the institute visit:

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Recent Research
Toward nonprobabilistic explanations of learning and decision making
Szollosi, A., Donkin, C., & Newell, B.R. (2023).
Psychological Review

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Strengthening psychological science for optimal climate and communication policies
Newell, B.R. (2023).
One Earth

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Making it easier to take environmental actions is not enough: Policymakers must also emphasize why action is necessary
Newell, B.R. & Moss. J.M. (2021).
Behavioural Science and Policy

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Last updated August 29, 2023