Behavioural Sciences

Effective communication in times of risk and crisis: The IDEA model for translating science to the public

From biosecurity and food security to earthquakes and health pandemics, disaster alerts and warning messages can mean the difference between life and death. The COVID-19 crisis for example can at least in part be ascribed to failed risk communication. At the University of Central Florida, Prof Deanna Sellnow and Prof Timothy Sellnow, experts in strategic communication, are tackling this issue. […]

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Income segregation and incomplete integration of Islam in the Paris metropolitan area

By law in France no data about ethnicity or religion is recorded in official statistics. The homegrown, pseudo-religious Islamically-inspired terror attacks of the 21st Century have, in part, been seen as a result of a lack of geographical and economic integration among Muslim populations. The research of Lucas G. Drouhot, research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study […]

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Taking care in business: Making jobs work for older employees

The workforce is ‘greying’, but this is no grey sky for business. Older employees bring loyalty and experience, prized assets for the modern company. However, age comes with needs and limitations that may conflict with the duties of work. Shattering misconceptions on this matter is Dr Silvia Dello Russo, Associate Professor at Toulouse Business School. Her research reveals that the […]

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Social dilemmas reveal selective inattention in indirect reciprocity

Cooperation with others generates prosperity within human society, yet research into the evolution of cooperation, particularly indirect reciprocity, has left much unexplained. Indirect reciprocity involves assessment rules and draws on moral judgment. Most studies assume that people will consider all the information available to them before deciding whether to cooperate. Dr Isamu Okada, Associate Professor at Soka University, Japan, has […]

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The purpose of emotion: An overlooked self-regulatory sense

We are all familiar with the term ‘emotions’ and experience a myriad of good and bad feelings every day. But what do we really understand about their biological origin or purpose? In a thorough analysis and integration of existing theory and literature, Katherine Peil-Kauffman redefines emotion as a sense, a complex elaboration of the first simple sensory system to have […]

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Shaping a regional offline esports market: Jönköping’s success

Esports, also known as electronic sports, is a form of competitive sport played through video games. These sports are incredibly popular and have a growing audience of around 600 million people. Dr Brian McCauley from the Media, Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), with his co-authors Dr Kieran Tierney and Dr Dinara Tokbaeva, have studied […]

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The new leadership paradigm for the public sector

The world is evolving at an unprecedented pace, which is forcing public sector organisations to adapt their operations and develop their leadership capabilities and behaviours. Marika Tammeaid, Director of Development and Dr Petri Virtanen, CEO, at the Finnish Itla Children’s Foundation collaborated to publish their book Developing Public Sector Leadership: New Rationale, Best Practices and Tools (Springer, 2020). Their work […]

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Harnessing anger for social change

Dr Monique Turner of Michigan State University, is an expert in persuasion and health and risk communication, and is conducting research into the way people cognitively process campaign messages. Emotions, including anger, are known to be predominant in persuasion, decision-making and risk assessments. Although commonly associated with negative behaviours, anger as a positive motivator in behaviour change is a promising […]

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Fathers who use violence: Shifting the focus toward the perpetrator

Professor Cathy Humphreys of the University of Melbourne and Dr Susan Heward-Belle of the University of Sydney examine the best ways we can bring about organisational change in the way we handle domestic abuse and domestic violence by fathers, using communities of practice that allow bottom-up participatory action research to bring about top-down complex systems change. When examining the field […]

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The effect of religiosity on emotional well-being among prisoners

Studies show that religion enhances emotional well-being among prisoners, but they rarely address how. Professors Sung Joon Jang and Byron R. Johnson at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, examine the effects of religion on offenders in the South African correctional system. They test whether religiosity is likely to lead to a sense of meaning and purpose […]

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