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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.


Advancing science with a retreat

August 14, 2018

12 researchers. 3 days. 83,000 words.

Influences on behaviour

Why we love this list

June 20, 2018

A list of behavioural techniques used in the Love-A-List Challenge

Our research

Doing well – and good – at the same time

June 13, 2018

Giving for Good - sharing and caring the smart way


GRIP launch: successful!

April 20, 2018

Our latest cohort of GRIP students were officially launched

Our team

Meet Zan, Kanban! man

April 17, 2018

Meet Zan Saeri, new to the Sydney team


Serious laughs!

April 9, 2018

A summary (and video highlights) of our sell-out comedy show


More Masters to influence change

March 28, 2018

A new book about the power of randomised trials

Good reading

A random approach to better science

March 19, 2018

A new book about the power of randomised trials


Staying AELERT to regulation

March 6, 2018

BWA presents some new behavioural tools at the AELERT conference

Our research

Giving patients the ability to make decisions about their healthcare

February 28, 2018

Healthcare decisions can be complex. There are several contributing factors and multiple treatment options, which can place patients in complicated, c...

Good reading

A conversation about oBikes

January 16, 2018

Obikes aren't the problem - it's our behaviours.

Good reading

New year’s resolutions – not just willpower

January 4, 2018

Some tips on how to form good habits and stick to them

Our research

BWA gets busy in Brissie

November 30, 2017

BehaviourWorks gets busy in Brisbane


Professor John Thwaites presents on Behaviour Change and the SDGs

November 13, 2017

Professor John Thwaites presents on Behaviour Change and the SDG’s

Our research

Giving Trauma The Lancet

November 8, 2017

Dr Peter Bragge is part of a Monash team identifying better treatments of TBI (traumatic brain injury)


The Wright stuff

October 25, 2017

Dr Breanna Wright at the ABAA Conference

Influences on behaviour

Fundraising till it hurts

October 25, 2017

Why we're punishing our bodies for good causes

Influences on behaviour

Some wins for Windermere

October 24, 2017

BehaviourWorks gets fast results on slow payers


A seminal seminar for change

October 19, 2017

Liam Smith presents behavioural science insights

Good reading

Right on the button

October 16, 2017

Digital tricks and behavioural insights

Influences on behaviour

Fans, fanatics and fusion

October 4, 2017

How footy fans can shed light on fanatics

Think pieces

A street car named dilemma

October 3, 2017

The Trolley Problem is heading our way

Good reading

oBikes. oBoy.

September 22, 2017

Are oBikes a solution or a tripping hazard?


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.

Good reading

An even more inconvenient truth

August 21, 2017

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

Good reading

The Dark Side of Behaviour Change

August 10, 2017

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

Influences on behaviour

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...

Good reading

Storytelling and behaviour change

June 28, 2017

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

Intervention strategies

Teaching young mindfulness

June 22, 2017

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

Our research

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 ...

Influences on behaviour

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...

Good reading

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...

Good reading

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

Our research

Public value is an actual thing

May 25, 2017

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

Good reading

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

Influences on behaviour

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

Our research

Evidence happened on the way to The Forum

May 5, 2017

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

Our research

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

Influences on behaviour

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.

Influences on behaviour

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.

Our research

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...

Influences on behaviour

A stock market tip: less is more

April 11, 2017

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

Influences on behaviour

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.

Influences on behaviour

What’s driving us in the gig economy?

April 6, 2017

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

Good reading

Are we changing things or are they changing us?

March 24, 2017

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

Our research

Seeing through useless scans

March 14, 2017

A behavioural insight into why doctors prescribe so many useless scans

Influences on behaviour

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

Influences on behaviour

Not just a pretty face

January 31, 2017

Can celebrities influence our buying behaviours?

Influences on behaviour

Tennis rackets: fixing the norms of match-fixing

January 18, 2017

An article on tennis match-fixing from a behavioural point of view

Our research

Dear Centrelink

January 13, 2017

BWA researchers have come up with a better letter


Lessons from the Field

May 18, 2016

BehaviourWorks Australia's annual Research Forum on 18 March 2016 brought leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners together.