Research Library

The world’s first globally accessible archive of research into the human aspect of cyber security and behavioural science as applied to cyber security awareness and online behavioural change.

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The need for cognition

This paper discusses four studies that allowed the authors to develop and validate a scale measuring an individual's ‘need for cognition’ (that is, an indivdual's tendency to engage in thinking and enjoy the practice of thinking things through). Notably, the studies...

Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases

People are often faced with making judgements base on what they believe will happen. This paper proposes said beliefs are largely born from heuristics, including representativeness, availability and anchoring.  

One more time: How do you motivate employees?

According to this paper, the only way to motivate the employee is to give him or her challenging work and the responsibility for its completion. As carrot and stick methods – such as financial incentives or disciplinaries – are examples of neither, they should be...

Behavioral study of obedience

Social psychologist Stanley Milgram tests human obedience through an experiment which sees some participants instructed to inflict pain on fellow participants.  

Organizational culture and leadership

Edgar H. Schein defines organizational culture & leadership, explains how the two are intertwined and offers advice on triggering cultural change, making his text relevant for those wishing to implement a cyber secure culture.