I grew up in South Africa and taught at Cape Town and Rhodes Universities before joining the University of Leicester in 1970 as a lecturer.
I was promoted to Reader in 1984 and Professor in 2000. My principal research interests are in judgment and decision making game theory and experimental games and psychometrics. I am currently the featured author for science and technology Oxford University Press and the Oxford English Dictionary's specialist subject consultant for psychology.
My teaching has focused mainly on judgment and decision making and social psychology.
I am the author and editor of more than 20 books including the bestselling Oxford Dictionary of Psychology and more than 150 journal articles.
I have been carrying out research into judgment and decision making since the foundation of the Judgment and Decision Making group in what was then the Department of Psychology in 1972/73. I have held six major research council grants an NHS grant and numerous research grants from charities including the British Academy the Nuffield Foundation the Royal Society of Edinburgh the British Academy and especially the Leicester JDM Endowment Fund.
(0) Alempaki, D., Colman, A. M., Kölle, F., Loomes, G., & Pulford, B. D. (2022). Investigating the failure to best respond in experimental games. Experimental Economics, 25(2), 656-679.
Colman, A. M., Krockow, E. M., Chattoe-Brown, E., & Tarrant, C. (2019). Medical prescribing and antibiotic resistance: A game-theoretic analysis of a potentially catastrophic social dilemma. PLOS ONE, 14(4), 1-13. e0215480.
Colman, A. M., & Gold, N. (2018). Team reasoning: Solving the puzzle of coordination. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25(5), 1770-1783.
Colman, A. M., Pulford, B. D., & Krockow, E. M. (2018). Persistent cooperation and gender differences in repeated Prisoner's Dilemma games: Some things never change. Acta Psychologica, 187, 1-8.
Pulford, B. D., Colman, A. M. Buabang, E. K., & Krockow, E. M. (2018). The persuasive power of knowledge: Testing the confidence heuristic. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(10), 1431-1444.
Pulford, B. D., Colman, A. M., Lawrence, C. L., & Krockow, E. M. (2017). Reasons for cooperating in repeated interactions: Social value orientations, fuzzy traces, reciprocity, and activity bias. Decision, 4(2), 102-122.
Rapoport, A., Seale, D. A., & Colman, A. M. (2015). Is tit-for-tat the answer? On the conclusions drawn from Axelrod's tournaments. PLOS ONE, 10(7), 1-11, e0134128.
Colman, A. M., Pulford, B. D., & Lawrence, C. L. (2014). Explaining strategic coordination: Cognitive hierarchy theory, strong Stackelberg reasoning, and team reasoning. Decision, 1(1), 35-58.
Colman, A. M., Browning, L., & Pulford, B. D. (2012). Spontaneous similarity discrimination in the evolution of cooperation. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 299, 162-171.
Colman, A. M., Körner, T. W., Musy, O., & Tazdaït, T. (2011). Mutual support in games: Some properties of Berge equilibria. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55(2), 166-175.
PS 3109 Judgment and Decision Making. On this module I teach the foundations of decision theory heuristics and biases game theory and experimental games.
Press and media
I was a member of the British Psychological Society's Press Committee for many years. I am now working on a part-time contract and am no longer available for unsolicited press contacts.
Sky 1 TV Duck Quacks Don’t Echo 2017 presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell “Winning a game makes people more likely to cheat the next time" (explained the psychological research).
BBC1 TV Rough Justice 1993: "Murder in Mind" presented by John Ware about IRA Corporals murder trial (interviewed).
Channel Four TV Right To Reply 1990: ""Satanic Abuse"" presented by Brian Hayes (interviewed).
Central TV ITV1 Central Weekend 1987: "What's in a Name?" (interviewed).
BBC2 TV Horizon 1986: "Nice Guys Finish First" prizewinning programme presented by Richard Dawkins (co-presented).
ITV1 Central News 1986: "Effects of Cartoon Violence"(interviewed).
BBC2 Oxford Road Show 1981: "Police Prejudice" (interviewed).
BBC2 Out of Court 1981: "Police Prejudice" presented by Nick Ross (interviewed).
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television 1966: "God's Country" presented by Stanley Burke 1966 (interviewed).
BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze 2020: “Isolation” chaired by Michael Buerk (expert witness).
BBC Radio 4 2012 In Our Time "Game Theory" presented by Melvyn Bragg (panel member).
2016 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
1988 Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
1984 Elected Fellow (FBPsS) of the British Psychological Society
1979 PhD Psychology Rhodes University
1968 MA Psychology University of Cape Town
1965 BA (Hons) Psychology First Class University of Cape Town
1964 BA Combined Studies with distinction in African Languages University of Cape Town
1961 Hoër Taalbond (bilingual certificate) Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy of Science and Arts)