Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor

University Academic Fellow - Management Division
Postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Decision Research, Leeds University Business School, Research Fellow, School for Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Email:
A.L.Taylor@leeds.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)113 343 1306
Categories:
Academic, Management, Staff, Centre for Decision Research (CDR)
Location:
Room 1.22 Maurice Keyworth Building
Profile

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Lancaster 

MSc Psychology, University of Bolton 

PhD Psychology, University of Bolton

Experience

Dr. Andrea Taylor currently holds posts at both the Centre for Decision Research, Leeds University Business School, and the Sustainability Research Institute, School for Earth and the Environment. Her academic background is in the psychology of risk, judgment and decision making, with her PhD work focusing on the effect of numeracy and emotion on decision making under risk. More recently recently she has been involved in research examining public perceptions of climate change risk and adaptation, along with a HEIF funded project studying the impact of aging on cognition. At present she works on Work Package 33 of the Framework Seven EUPORIAS project (http://www.euporias.eu/). The EUPORIAS project was undertaken to develop the provision of seasonal-to-decadal climate predictions in Europe. Work Package 33 focusses on developing best practice in the communication of uncertainty to end-users in a range of organisations. She is also involved in ongoing research further exploring the role of emotion in decisions about personal finance, health, and the environment. 

Research

Research Focus

Andrea’s research focusses on judgement and decision making in a number of domains including finance, health, climate and the environment. Areas of special interest include the perception and communication of climate risk and uncertainty; people’s perceptions and use of probabilistic information; individual differences in decision making; and the role of emotion in decision making under risk.

Research Grants

Leeds University Seedcorn Fund (PI: Andrea Taylor)

Role: PI. Dates: 17/07/2013 – 17/07/2014. (£1500)

Title: Emotion and probability neglect in financial and medical decision making.

ESRC Urgent Research Grant (PI: Wandi Bruine de Bruin)

Role: Researcher. Dates: 01/10/13 – 01/01/2015. (€166000)

Title: Understanding public perceptions of and responses to heatwaves: A behavioural decision research approach.

Recent Projects

EUPORIAS, European Union Framework 7

Role: Co-Leader of Work Package 33 (Communicating Levels of Confidence in Seasonal to Decadal Climate Predictions) (April 2013 – Present)

Understanding public perceptions of and responses to heatwaves: A behavioural decision research approach, ESRC

Role: Researcher (October 2013 – December 2014) 

The Role of emotion in risk perception and response to risk, Leeds University Business School Research Centre Funding

Role: Researcher (March 2014 – July 2014 (data analysis and publication ongoing))

Emotion and probability neglect in financial and medical decision making, University of Leeds Seedcorn Fund

Role: PI (July 2013 – July 2014) 

Aging and Decision Making, HEIF

Role: Research (March 2013 – July 2013)

Programme of research on preparedness, adaptation and risk (PREPARE), Defra

Role: Researcher (September 2012 – January 2013 (data analysis and publication ongoing))

Teaching

Since joining Leeds University Business School Andrea has taught on LUBS 1785 (Introduction to Effective Decision Making) and LUBS 3885 (Management Decision Making). She also has experience of a delivering a range of classes including: undergraduate research methods and statistics workshops and practicals; undergraduate career development seminars; postgraduate tutorials on the psychology of decision making; and workshops on the design and construction of computer controlled experiments.

Publications

Journal Articles

Bruine de Bruin, W., Lefevre, C., Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S. & Fischhoff, B. (Accepted). Promoting protection against a threat that evokes positive affect: The case of heatwaves in the UK. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S., & Bruine de Bruin, W. (2015). Communicating uncertainty in seasonal and interannual climate forecasts in Europe. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 373(2055), 20140454. rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/2055/20140454.full-text.pdf

Lefevre, C. E., de Bruin, W. B., Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S., Kovats, S., & Fischhoff, B. (2015). Heat protection behaviors and positive affect about heat during the 2013 heat wave in the United Kingdom. Social Science & Medicine, 128, 282-289. 0-www.sciencedirect.com.wam.leeds.ac.uk/science/article/pii/S0277953615000556

Bruine de Bruin, W., McNair, S. .J, Taylor, A. L., Summers, B., & Strough, J. (2015). “Thinking about Numbers Is Not My Idea of Fun” Need for Cognition Mediates Age Differences in Numeracy Performance. Medical Decision Making, 35(1), 22-26. mdm.sagepub.com/content/35/1/22.full

Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S., & Bruine de Bruin, W. (2014). Public perception of climate risk and adaptation in the UK: a review of the literature. Climate Risk Management, 4, 1-16. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212096314000291

Taylor, A. L., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Dessai, S. (2014). Climate Change Beliefs and Perceptions of Weather‐Related Changes in the United Kingdom. Risk Analysis, 34(11), 1995-2004. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/risa.12234/pdf

Other Reports

Taylor et al. (2016) EUPORIAS Deliverable 33.4 Report summarising results from Decision Laboratory experiments

Taylor, A. L. et al. (2015) EUPORIAS Deliverable 33.3 Report describing formulation of strategies for communicating confidence levels for S2D forecasts. http://euporias.eu/system/files/D33.3.pdf

Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S, Buontempo, C., & Dubois, G. (2014) Deliverable 33.2 Report summarising review of existing approaches for communicating confidence and uncertainty, EUPORIAS http://euporias.eu/sites/default/files/deliverables/D33.2_Final.pdf

Taylor, A. L. & Dessai, S. (2014) Deliverable 33.1 Report on survey of end-user needs for improved uncertainty and confidence level information, EUPORIAS http://euporias.eu/sites/default/files/deliverables/D33.1_Final.pdf

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

Taylor, A. L., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Dessai, S. ‘It's not just about local warming: Perceptions of weather and climate change in the UK’ Paper presented at SPUDM25, Budapest, August 2015.

Taylor, A. L. and Summers, B. ‘Incentive and Emotion in environmental decision making’ Poster presented at SPUDM25, Budapest, August 2015

Taylor, A. L., Bruine de Bruin, W., Dessai, S., & Lefevre, C. ‘Public perceptions of weather and climate change in the United Kingdom’ Paper presented at Our Common Future Under Climate Change, Paris, July 2015.

Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S., & Bruine de Bruin, W. ‘Communicating uncertainty in seasonal and interannual predictions: An exploration of user needs amongst organisations in Europe’ Paper presented at ECMWF Workshop on Quantifying and Communicating Uncertainty, Reading, June 2015.

Taylor, A. L., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Dessai, S. “It’s Not Just About Heat!  Perceptions of weather and climate change in the UK” Poster presented at JDM, Long Beach, November 2014.

Taylor, A. L. and Dessai, S. “Communicating uncertainty in seasonal to decadal climate predictions: End-user perceptions and preferences”.  Presented at EMS ECAC Conference, Prague, October, 2014.

Taylor, A. L., Bruine de Bruin, W., & Dessai, S. “Hot weather, wet weather and climate change belief: perceptions of weather and climate risk in the UK” Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis: Europe, Istanbul, July, 2014

Taylor, A.L. and Ranyard, R. “Probability neglect in risky choice: the role of numeracy and intrinsic happiness”. Poster presented at JDM, Toronto, Nov 2013.

Taylor, A. L. and Ranyard, R. “Probability neglect in risky choice: the role of numeracy, cognitive reflection and happiness”. Presented at SPUDM, Barcelona, August, 2013.

Taylor, A. L. and Ranyard, R. “Choice process and emotional state: the divergent influences of intrinsic and incidental happiness”. Presented at BPS Annual Conference, Harrogate, April, 2013

Taylor, A.L. and Ranyard, R. ‘The Role of Numeracy and Emotion in Health Risk Perception and Decision Making: A Proposal’. Presented at EGPROC, Bolton, May, 2012.

Taylor, A. L. ‘Numeracy and Decision Making: The Development of a Probabilistic Reasoning Scale for Use in Decision Research’. Poster presented at Economic Psychology: New Methods and Findings, Bolton, March, 2010.

Taylor, A. L. and Ranyard, R. ‘The effect of affect on dominance adherence in risky choice’. Presented at SPUDM, Rovereto, August, 2009.

Taylor, A. L. and Ranyard, R. ‘Violations of dominance in decisions under risk: A think aloud study’. Presented at EGPROC, Freibourg, April, 2009.

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