Projects per year
Areas of Expertise
Dr Piers Fleming is an Associate Professor on the BSc Psychology programme. He joined the school in 2006. Dr Fleming’s work is focussed upon behaviour and judgments under uncertainty, including studies on risk assessment and perception. He is a Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol.) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Dr Fleming is an active researcher with expertise on risk judgements and decision-making and also works in the area of behavioural economics.
Dr Fleming has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Leeds, and an MSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of Lancaster.
Fleming, P., Watson, S. J., Patouris, E., Bartholomew, K. J., & Zizzo, D. J. (2017). Why do people file share unlawfully? A systematic review, meta-analysis and panel study. Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 535-548. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.02.014
Watson, S. J., Zizzo, D. J., & Fleming, P. (2016). Risk, Benefit, and Moderators of the Affect Heuristic in a Widespread Unlawful Activity: Evidence from a Survey of Unlawful File-Sharing Behavior. Risk Analysis, 37(6), 1146-1156. DOI: 10.1111/risa.12689
Watson, S.J., Zizzo, D.J., and Fleming, P. (2015) Determinants of Unlawful File Sharing: A Scoping Review, PLoS ONE, 10(6) e0127921.DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127921
Fleming, P., and Zizzo, D. J. (2014). A Simple Stress Test of Experimenter Demand Effects. Theory and Decision, 78, 219-231. DOI:10.1007/s11238-014-9419-2 (Open Access).
Visit Dr Fleming's website.
Key Research Interests
Dr Fleming's research focuses upon individuals' perceptions of risks and decision making. The goal is to extend existing theoretical work into real world applications and to examine the mechanisms at work. This includes considering the emotional and rational processes involved in risk perception and decision making; to examine the interplay between the two types of system and their consequences for judgements and biases. Dr Fleming's research uses a range of quantitative measures and methods, including psychophysical, experimental (behavioural), and correlational methods to achieve these aims.
Dr Fleming believes in a multi-method approach to gain convergent evidence to address theoretically interesting psychological processes. He has experienced the benefits of inter-disciplinary collaboration and sees the value in perspectives offered from outside psychology as a complement to those from within. His aim is to better understand how cognition, emotion and individual differences contribute to decisions that people make and to dealing with risk in particular.
For more information about Dr Fleming’s research and for a full publication list, please visit www.pfleming.co.uk.
Research Methods and Statistics Teaching
Final year project supervision
Psychology of Risk
Undergraduate Projects: Final Year Research Project
Risk and Decision-Making projects
There are several ongoing projects which Dr Fleming is studying which lend themselves to being part of an undergraduate dissertation. Students will be supported to learn research skills, develop psychological tools and implement sound research designs. Students will also collect and analyse data before submitting a research report.
Current research topics include:
- Individual Differences in Risk perception/behaviour
- Emotional processing and Risk perception/behaviour
- Characteristics of successful Risk communication
Master's Supervision Topics:
- Empathy and victim effects on risk perception and memory
- Investigating social desirability and memory for socially sensitive topics
Contact Dr Piers Fleming if you are interested in pursuing a project in one of these areas.
Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years
Dive into details
Select a country/territory to view shared publications and projects
- 5 Finished
1/01/15 → 31/08/17
Do individual differences in Social Desirability Bias imply sensitivity to social pressure and risk?
Fleming, P. & Zizzo, D.
1/08/08 → 31/07/09
Fleming, P., Edwards, S. G., Bayliss, A. P. & Seger, C. R., 28 Mar 2023, In: Journal of Cybersecurity. 9, 1, tyad005.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Downloads (Pure)
Keshavarz, S., Coventry, K. R. & Fleming, P., Sep 2021, In: Journal of Gambling Studies. 37, p. 817–835 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)
Fleming, P., Bayliss, A. P., Edwards, S. G. & Seger, C. R., 16 Jul 2021, In: PLoS One. 16, 7, e0253568.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile6 Citations (Scopus)18 Downloads (Pure)
Fleming, P. & England, H., Oct 2020, In: Journal of Risk Analysis and Crisis Response. 10, 3, p. 113-118 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Downloads (Pure)
Norman, I. & Fleming, P., Aug 2019, In: Current Psychology. 38, 4, p. 982–990 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Citations (Scopus)12 Downloads (Pure)