The University of Southampton

William Lawrence

Postgraduate research student

Bsc Psychology, graduation 2012

Msc Web Science, graduation 2013. Dissertation Topic - Analysing stock market relevant tweets


Research interests

I am currently studying for a PhD, supported by both the Business school and the school of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. I am originally from a Psychology background, specialising in the analysis of behavioural decision making. My current research involves examining the behaviour of online stock market traders, using a dataset from a large UK spread betting company. I am experienced in data management, and currently teach on courses for SQL and Python programming at the university. My current research involves identifying factors which are  significant in increasing risk appetites of spread betters, in particular the effects of previous outcomes on subsequent behaviour. My strengths lie in interpreting results from big data analysis from a psychological viewpoint, in terms of using findings from the behavioural decision making literature to both inform research questions and situate the findings in terms of what is already known. 



- Web Science Msc mentor

- Teaching assistant - Introduction to programming

- Teaching assistant - Data Management


Lawrence, William (2018) Individual differences in decision making biases: the effects of experience and innovativeness on trader behaviour. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 159pp.


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