University of Bath

Help us learn more about ageing and decision-making

Take part in our new psychology study and contribute to our understanding of the ageing process and its effect on decision-making.

A senior man playing chess with a young man
This study looks at how we make decisions

What we're doing

In today’s society, we are required to maintain high decision-making abilities throughout our life. We are also required to make more decisions than ever before. However, as we get older and our cognitive function declines, we know decision-making gets harder.

With this study we want to understand more about the changes in our decision-making as we age, so we can look towards the ways in which these challenges might be mitigated. In particular, we are interested in those situations where the decision-making process involves an interaction with another person.

Take part

To be eligible for this study you must:

  • be aged between 20 and 30, or over 55
  • not be diagnosed with a severe illnesses or disorder characterised by brain damage (for example, epilepsy, brain tumour or stroke)

Both men and women can apply to take part.

What's involved

You will need to travel once to the University campus to take part.

On campus, we will ask you to fill out some very brief questionnaires about your personality and your cognitive and emotional abilities.

Your participation will take approximately 1 hour.

What you'll get

For taking part you’ll get a compensation of £5, plus up to £9 depending on the choices you make during the experiment.

To take part, email

More about the study

Chiara Scarampi, who is leading the project, explained: “This is an exciting opportunity to get involved with some new research, looking at how we make decisions in the context of strategic interactions. Metacognition can buffer individuals against cognitive decline, providing an alternative route to sound financial decisions. This study will help us understand the diverse outcomes in old age and how society can develop efficient policies to support longer, healthier lives and to derive benefits from them”.