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Kristian Ove R Myrseth
Professor of Management and Director of Postgraduate Research



Kristian was appointed in August 2019 to The York Management School as Professor of Management. Prior to this, Kristian held appointments at Trinity College Dublin, the University of St Andrews, and ESMT Berlin.

He graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009, with a PhD in Managerial and Organizational Behavior, following an AB in Economics from Harvard University in 2004.

His research focuses on behavioral decision making and judgment, spanning social-cognitive psychology, consumer behavior, and behavioral economics. Topics include self-control, cognitive foundations of pro-social behavior, perceptions of risk and uncertainty, and consumer finance. His research draws on a range of empirical methods, including surveys, laboratory experiments, and field studies.

Kristian’s work is published in a wide range of outlets - interdisciplinary, general, and specialist. This includes PNAS, Psychological Science, The Journal of Finance, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Experimental Economics.

He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Psychology.




  • Psychology of decision making and judgment
  • Risk perception
  • Self-control
  • Cognitive foundations of cooperation
  • Consumer finance


Selected publications

Kvarven, A., Strømland, E., Wollbrant, C., Andersson, D., Johannesson, M., Tinghög, G., Västfjäll, D., & Myrseth, K. O. R. (forthcoming). The intuitive cooperation hypothesis revisited: A meta-analytic examination of effect-size and between-study heterogeneity. Journal of the Economic Science Association.

Heimer, R. Z., Myrseth, K. O. R., & Schoenle, R. S. (2019). YOLO: Mortality beliefs and household finance puzzles. Journal of Finance, 74, 2957–2996.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2017). Cognitive foundations of cooperation revisited: Commentary on Rand et al. (2012, 2014). Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 69, 133–138.

Bouwmeester, S., Verkoeijen, P. P. J. L., Aczel, B., Barbosa, F., Bègue, L., Brañas-Garza, P., Chmura, T. G. H., Cornelissen, G., Døssing, F. S., Espín, A. M., Evans, A. M., Ferreira-Santos, F., Fiedler, S., Flegr, J., Ghaffari, M., Glöckner, A., Goeschl, T., Guo, L., Hauser, O. P., Hernan-Gonzalez, R., Herrero, A., Horne, Z., Houdek, P., Johannesson, M., Koppel, L., Kujal, P., Laine, T., Lohse, J., Martins, E. C., Mauro, C., Mischkowski, D., Mukherjee, S., Myrseth, K. O. R., Navarro-Martínez, D., Neal, T. M. S., Novakova, J., Pagà, R., Paiva, T. O., Palfi, B., Piovesan, M., Rahal, R-M., Salomon, E., Srinivasan, N., Srivastava, A., Szaszi, B., Szollosi, A., Thor, K. Ø., Tinghög, G., Trueblood, J. S., Van Bavel, J. J., van't Veer, A. E., Västfjäll, D., Warner, M., Wengström, E., Wills, J., & Wollbrant, C. E. (2017). Registered replication report: Rand et al. (2012). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 527–542.

Kocher, M. G., Martinsson, P., Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2017). Strong, bold, and kind: Self-control and cooperation in social dilemmas. Experimental Economics, 20, 44–69.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2016). Commentary: Fairness is intuitive. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 654. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00654.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2016). Models inconsistent with altruism cannot explain the evolution of human cooperation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, E2472.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2015). Depletion influences restraint, but does it influence conflict identification? Expanding on Osgood and Muraven (2015). Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 37, 292–293.

Myrseth, K. O. R., Riener, G., & Wollbrant, C. (2015). Tangible temptation in the social dilemma: Cash, cooperation, and self-control. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 8, 61–77.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2015). Less cognitive conflict does not imply choice of the default option: Commentary on Kieslich and Hilbig (2014). Judgment and Decision Making, 10, 277–279.

Martinsson, P., Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2014). Social dilemmas: When self-control benefits cooperation. Journal of Economic Psychology, 45, 213–236.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2013). A theory of self-control and naïveté: The blights of willpower and blessings of temptation. Journal of Economic Psychology, 34, 8–19.

Martinsson, P., Myrseth, K. O. R., & Wollbrant, C. (2012). Reconciling pro-social vs. selfish behavior: On the role of self-control. Judgment and Decision Making, 7, 304–315.

Morewedge, C. K., Gilbert, D. T., Myrseth, K. O. R., Kassam, K. S., & Wilson, T. D. (2010). Consuming experience: Why affective forecasters overestimate comparative value. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 986–992.

Myrseth, K. O. R., & Fishbach, A. (2009). Self-control: A function of knowing when and how to exercise restraint. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 247–252.

Myrseth, K. O. R., Fishbach, A., & Trope, Y. (2009). Counteractive self-control: When making temptation available makes temptation less tempting. Psychological Science, 20, 159–163.

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