Behavioural Insights in Public Health England

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe public health behavioural insights team offer a general introduction to behavioural economics, show how theories have been successfully applied to the public health sector and present a framework for designing behavioural change...

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis paper suggests that poverty impedes cognitive functioning, as poverty-related concerns require a lot of mental resources and leave less space for other cognitive tasks. The thesis was indicated through 2 studies. Implications include...

Scam Compliance and the Psychology of Persuasion

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis paper finds four reliable factors contribute to susceptibility to persuasion: influence of authority, social influence, self-control and the need for consistency. The paper finds all four inform susceptibility to scam compliance.   Read...

The evolution and psychology of self-deception

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis paper’s authors argue self-deception is an evolved trait with the evolutionary advantage of helping deceive others without severe cognitive strain. They suggest self-decpetion – which should in theory be paradoxical – is actually...

Switch: How to change things when change is hard

Reading Time: 1 minuteAccording to this book’s authors, we need only understand how our minds work to unlock shortcuts that can lead to long term behavour change. This book explores how our minds work and some shortcuts tha might be of use when seeking to change...

Why Science Tells Us Not to Rely on Eyewitness Accounts

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis article reports human memories as reconstructed fragments of information, as opposed to recorded feedback. According to the article false memories are easily recalled, jeopardising eyewitness reports. Eyewitness reports should therefore...

Risk Taking, Antisocial Behavior, and Life Histories

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis paper explores the ultimate causes of risk-taking and anti-social behavior. In particular, it explores the notion of such behaviors as evolutionary. It suggests a research program informed by life history analysis may reveal the ultimate...

On the failure to eliminate hypotheses in a conceptual task

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis study examines the extent to which individuals seek confirming – or disconfirming – evidence, instead of actually testing a hypothesis. Results indicated that, often, individuals are unwilling (or unable) to test their hypotheses.  ...

Human Vulnerabilities in Security Systems

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis whitepaper discusses human vulnerabilities in full, including what they are, why they occur, how they can be mitigated, the challenges of mitigation and potential areas for further research.   Read full paper     Authors: Paul...

Accuracy of Deception Judgments

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe authors review literature on deception studies and conclude people can correctly identify a lie (or a truth) 54% of the time. Authors also conclude that people are more accurate in judging audible than visible lies, that people appear...

Culture and nonverbal behaviour

Reading Time: 1 minuteCulture is defined as a product of biological needs and functions, social problems, and contexts. The role of culture in nonverbal communication (such as facial expressions) is considered, with the author concluding culture does indeed play a...

Managing The Unexpected

Reading Time: 1 minuteWhat makes some organisations more reliable than others? The authors of Managing the Unexpected believe the answer lies in the differences in behaviours and learning styles of highly reliable organisations and organisations that are relatively...

The Nature and Replication of Routines

Reading Time: 1 minuteThis paper seeks to properly define routines to facilitate further empirical research into how routines are built and how routines can be changed. Broadly, it defines routines as dispositions that trigger patterns of behaviours in a group of...

Suicide: A Study in Sociology (Routledge Classics)

Reading Time: 1 minuteWhy does suicide happen? What goes wrong? Why is it more common in some places than others? Emile Durkheim seeks out the answers in a classic text, offering an insight into the social frameworks in which we operate.   Read full paper  ...