Joe Marks: PhD Student

I am completing a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the Affective Brain Lab, exploring biased decision-making and motivated reasoning. At present, I am testing if and why information sources that propagate political information that is similar or dissimilar to one’s own beliefs are sought out more than others, even if they are less accurate. Prior to joining the ABL, I worked as the Head of Behavioural Research for the consulting company Influence At Work UK, exploring the determinants of dishonest and unethical behaviours in certain applied settings and designing interventions to reduce the prevalence of these behaviours. I also completed an MSc. in Social Cognition at the University College London. My Masters project looked at how the level of construal at which information is processed, and the valence of the information, affects biased belief updating.

Contact: joseph.marks.14(at) (email)


Martin, S., & Marks, J. (2019a). Messengers: Who We Listen to, Who We Don’t and Why. London, UK: Penguin Random House.

Martin, S., & Marks, J. (2019b). Messengers: Who We Listen to, Who We Don’t and Why. The Behavioral Economics Guide 2019.

Marks, J., Copland, E., Loh, E., Sunstein, C. R., & Sharot, T. (2018). Epistemic Spillovers: Learning Others’ Political Views Reduces the Ability to Assess and Use Their Expertise in Nonpolitical Domains. Cognition, 188, 74-84

Marks, J., & Baines, S. (2017). Optimistic belief updating despite inclusion of positive events. Learning and Motivation58, 88-101.

Furnham, A. & Marks, J. (2013). Tolerance of Ambiguity: A Review of the Recent Literature. Scientific Research, 4, 2152-7180.