My research focuses on finding patterns that affect behaviour and using them for social good. I use experimental methods to test the use of behavioural insight in public health, mental wellbeing and happiness, charitable giving and refugee integration in the real world. One of my key interests right now is to understand the weekly cycle of risks taking, emotion and personality. I wants to find out how we can use the day on a decision is made to optimise decision making and behaviour on a population level. Separately, I research faces. Using hyper-realistic face masks I look at whether we can even still tell the difference between faces that are real and those that are not, how people are biased in forming first impressions, and ultimately the relationship between a person’s face and their character.

Publications & Manuscripts

Sanders, J.G., Castle, L. Tan, K. & Jenkins. R. (2019) Applying behavioural science to refugee integration.

Sanders, J. G., Ueda, Y., Minemoto, K., Noyes, E. Yoshikawa, S. & Jenkins, R. (2019) More human than human: Failure to discriminate masks from real faces in a 2AFC task. CRPI

Sanders, J. G., & Jenkins, R. (2018) Individual differences in hyper-realistic mask detection. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2 (2), 102-109.

Sanders, J. G., Ueda, Y., Minemoto, K., Noyes, E. Yoshikawa, S. & Jenkins, R. (2017) Hyper-realistic face masks: A new challenge in person identification. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2 (2), 102-109.

Sanders, J. G., Wang, H. T., Schooler, J., & Smallwood, J. (2017) Can I get me out of my head? Exploring strategies for controlling the self-referential aspects of the mind-wandering state during reading. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(6), 1053-1062.

NHS England (2016) NHS staff health & wellbeing: CQUIN Supplementary guidance, https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/HWB-CQUIN-Guidance.pdf                                                                                      

Sanders, J. G., & Jenkins, R. (2016) Weekly Fluctuations in Risk Tolerance and Voting Behaviour. PloS one, 11(7), e0159017            

Robertson, D.J., Sanders J.G., Towler. A., Kramer, R.S.S., Spowage, J., Byrne A., Young A.W., Jenkins, R., & Burton A.M., (2019) Hyper-realistic face masks: A new route to identity fraud?

Sanders, J.G., Ueda, Y., Yoshikawa, S. & Jenkins, R (under review) Who is beneath the mask? An attribution error in face perception. British Journal of Psychology

Ellis, D.A., Sanders, J.G., Jenkins, R. (in preparation) Weekday intervention reduces missed outpatient appointments. Potential Outlets:  The Lancet

Sanders, J.G., Ellis, D. & Jenkins, R. (in preparation) Influence of weekday on pedestrian road crossing behaviour. Potential Outlets:  Journal for Road Safety

Sanders,  J.G.  &  Quinn,  S.  (in preparation) Application   behavioural   insights  to   promote feedback engagement in undergraduates. Potential Outlets: Journal of engineering education 

Sanders, J.G., & Jenkins, R (in preparation) Improving hyper-realistic mask detection: a visual search task. Potential Outlets: Psychological Science

Sanders, J.G., & Jenkins, R. (in preparation) Can restoring the confidence accuracy gap in hyper-realistic mask detection improve mask detection? Potential Outlets: Psychonomic review

Sanders, J.G., Byrne, A., Tominaga, A., Ueda, Y., Yoshikawa, S. & Jenkins, R. (in preparation) Wearing hyper-realistic masks: a strong manipulation for embodied cognition. Potential Outlets: Journal of Social Psychology 

Fujii, T., Ito, A., Sanders, J.G., Jenkins, R., Yoshida, K., Murakami, Y., Sakai, S., Tanabe, M. (in preparation) The effect of wearing a medical mask and sunglasses on perceiver’s impression. Potential Outlets: Journal of engineering education. Potential Outlets: Journal of Social Psychology

Sanders, J.G., Gold, N., O’Connely, B., Thompson, K., Chadborn, T. (in preparation) Service evaluation of a behaviourally enhanced OneYou vs NHS branded leaflet to increase uptake of NHS Health Checks. Potential Outlets:  The Lancet 

Sanders, J.G., Quaife, M., Brown, L., Chadborn, T. (in preparation) Randomised control trial of letters to improve uptake of NHS Diabetes Prevention Program. Potential Outlets:  The Lancet

Bunten, A., Sanders, J.G., Sallis, A., Forward, S., Payne, S., Chadborn, T., & Marteau, T. (in preparation) Framing Swaps in a Virtual Online Supermarket to Maximise Acceptance Rates. Potential Outlets:  British Journal of Social Psychology; British Journal of Health Psychology

Sallis, A., Sanders, J.G., Chadborn, T., (in preparation) Reducing antibiotic prescribing through general practices with commitment posters. Potential Outlets:  The Lancet

Castle, L., Sanders, J.G., Schnijder, V., & Chadborn, T. Encouraging Healthy Food and Drink Purchasing in the NHS: Three Studies of Choice Architecture, (in preparation) Planned outlet: NHSE CQUIN policy guide; The Lancet