Well-Being Research Lab (WiRL)

We are a group of passionate interdisciplinary researchers who use behavioral science to promote positive change. We help solve consequential real-world problems by designing and testing novel interventions that improve personal, societal, and environmental well-being.

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Research

Drawing from her training in social psychology and her current role in a business school, Dr. Nicole Mead leads an interdisciplinary research team that is united around the goal of using social science research to improve social equity, particularly among vulnerable populations. The lab's research uncovers new insights about why people engage in behaviors that are detrimental to themselves, others, and the environment, such as a lack of saving, unsustainable consumption, and unhealthy eating. With those insights in hand, they seek to devise simple, effective, and scalable interventions that can improve those behaviors.

The research group uses laboratory, online, experience sampling, and field studies to test their theories and interventions. These studies take them across Australia, North America, Europe, India, Uganda, and beyond. 

Latest Publications

Can’t Buy Me Meaning? Lay Theories Impede People from Deriving Meaning and Well-Being from Consumption

†Mead, Nicole L. and Lawrence E. Williams (in press), “Can’t Buy Me Meaning? Lay Theories Impede People from Deriving Meaning and Well-Being from Consumption,” Current Opinion in Psychology. 

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