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Behaviour Blog

Welcome to the BWA Blog. It’s a chance for us to share some of our news and behaviour change by other groups around the world. Whether your interest is merely piqued or you’ve got a PhD, we hope you enjoy.

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Can science help Melbournians behave better?

August 24, 2017

Sarah Kneebone was a special guest at the National Science Weeks event - ‘World’s most liveable city?’ - Can science help Melbourne do better?


A message of hope – from marketing

August 23, 2017

Visiting academics Professors Andrea Prothero and Pierre McDonagh present key ideas from their work on how macro marketing can help sustainability.

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An even more inconvenient truth

August 21, 2017

A BWA article in the Conversation asks if big issue docos bring about change

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The Dark Side of Behaviour Change

August 10, 2017

An article on how we're getting savvy to being influenced

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A digitally inclusive Australia

August 4, 2017

A new initiative to make Australia digitally inclusive


The Change Room goes to Sydney

August 4, 2017

A snapshot of our first Change Room Event in Sydney, July 2017.

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Does a Dry July change our drinking habits?

July 2, 2017

What does a month off the grog mean in terms of health benefits, awareness of dangerous drinking habits and cancer research? The evidence appears mixe...

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Storytelling and behaviour change

June 28, 2017

Stories don't just take us away, they can bring us back to change our behaviour

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Teaching young mindfulness

June 22, 2017

Mindfulness certainly sound like the answer to many behavioural problems, particularly for kinds, but what's the evidence?

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Some nudges towards healthier eating

June 12, 2017

Four BWA researchers have written an article for The Conversation detailing some of the findings of a review into the best way to encouraging healthy ...

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Online scammers – nature’s behavioural economists?

June 9, 2017

A recent episode of ABC Radio National’s The Money was devoted to online scams and the tricks that scammers use to defraud, humiliate and sometimes bl...

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When everyone wins, most of us lose

June 1, 2017

It promised so much – but has the self-esteem movement created a measurable rise in narcissism and a generation of selfie-snapping millennials? And is...


Masters of the (sustainable) universe

June 1, 2017

The inaugural Master of Environment and Sustainability course is the first cross-faculty Masters course at Monash University. It’s also the first time...

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Why stopping in public parks is called ‘loitering’

May 26, 2017

A new article reveals why Australian towns and cities don't have public squares

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Public value is an actual thing

May 25, 2017

Can you put a value on government services? Yes you can.

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The wolf at the door for renters

May 17, 2017

An article about rental apps that are marketed as fair but are actually forcing prices up

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If they don’t get science, get emotional

May 5, 2017

Scientists need to get emotional to explain what they do and why it's so important

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Evidence happened on the way to The Forum

May 5, 2017

BWA embarks on a three-year project to improve patient outcomes

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Presenting the evidence

May 3, 2017

One of the world's leading research translation experts, Professor John Lavis, visits Australia to provide direction on an important Forum

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Same flag, poles apart

April 27, 2017

As political polarisation intensifies, it seems even the US flag can trigger different reactions depending on your ideology.

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Juries shown colour photos see red

April 20, 2017

According to new research, gruesome colour photographs increase convictions by eliciting feelings of disgust and anger by juries.

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Brad helps the hackers in Bendigo

April 13, 2017

The Smart Cities Plan aims to position our cities to succeed in the 21st Century by “supporting productive, accessible, livable cities that attract ta...

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A stock market tip: less is more

April 11, 2017

The more we worry about investment mistakes, the more we make (mistakes, that is)

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Parents behaviour can influence their child’s reaction to pain

April 11, 2017

How parents react and behave during their children’s medical treatment can affect how that child perceives stress and pain.

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What’s driving us in the gig economy?

April 6, 2017

What motivates workers in the gig economy? Behavioural science, apparently.

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Are we changing things or are they changing us?

March 24, 2017

Will our behaviour soon be dictated by devices speaking in algorithms?

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Seeing through useless scans

March 14, 2017

A behavioural insight into why doctors prescribe so many useless scans

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The science of walking in others people’s shoes

March 10, 2017

BWA's Nick Faulkner has had a new paper published exploring the link between cosmopolitanism and empathy

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Not just a pretty face

January 31, 2017

Can celebrities influence our buying behaviours?