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    Green with satisfaction: can pro-environmental action promote both personal and planetary wellbeing?

Green with satisfaction: can pro-environmental action promote both personal and planetary wellbeing?

by Dr Kate Laffan

The landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this Monday (9th October 2018) emphasises the need for a widespread shift towards more sustainable lifestyles if we are to limit global warming to the 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and avoid the catastrophic consequences that warming beyond that level is expected to entail.

The pro-environmental actions […]

By |October 12th, 2018|Events|

Seeing red, acting green? Winning Gold!

A huge congrats to Behavioural Science Hub affiliate Ganga Shreedhar for winning the LSE Festival’s Reseach Poster Competition with her poster entitled ‘Seeing red, acting green? The impact of biodiversity conservation videos on charitable donations and affect’.  The poster presents a study that Ganga carried out in the Behavioural Research Lab in collaboration with her PhD supervisor Professor Susana Mourato (Head […]

By |March 8th, 2018|Events|

I have enough when…

By Dr. Kate Laffan

As part of the LSE festival last week The Behavioural Science Hub Team were let loose on the walls of The New Academic Building. A lick of chalk paint later, the LSE community and visitors to the festival were given the opportunity to respond to the following question:

Poverty, unemployment, poor housing and ignorance can all be great […]

By |February 26th, 2018|Events|

Behavioural science for the next generation

By Dr. Heather Kappes, Department of Management    

Behavioural science is fascinating, right? The self-selected sample of people reading this blog would probably agree. But what do kids think? When they’re not busy planning their careers as firefighters, football stars, or veterinarians—can they understand basic principles of behavioural science, and do they find this kind of science interesting?

The answer probably depends […]

By |October 4th, 2017|Events|
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    Bringing Young People Into the LSE Behavioural Research Lab: BRL-Junior Research Day

Bringing Young People Into the LSE Behavioural Research Lab: BRL-Junior Research Day

I recently invited young people into our lab for the first time, as part of a combined research and public engagement event. This wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful help of a team of volunteer student research assistants. These students shared their knowledge about the ins and outs of LSE as well as about behavioural science with our […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Events|

The role of culture in reactions to risk and uncertainty

By Sulav Saha

Growing up in Australia as part of a minority made me aware of certain family traits that were different to social norms, in particular when it came to our greater risk aversion.  This was further perplexing when I found our reactions and attitudes to be more risk averse when compared to my cousins that remain in my […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Events|
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    Getting over the hill – encouraging middle-aged Singaporean women to exercise

Getting over the hill – encouraging middle-aged Singaporean women to exercise

By Anna Meadows

Physical inactivity is a global issue.  As one of the 4 main risk factors for non-communicable diseases it has become a focus for governments worldwide. The problem is greater in countries with high GDP and Singapore is no exception; 54% of adult Singaporeans are reported to be ‘physically inactive’. One of the least active segments is women […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Events|

Do Emotions Overwhelm Probability in Decision Making?

By Joe Wiggins

Emotions have been a central area of focus for researchers seeking a descriptive account of individual decision making, with a particular point of interest the relationship with probability (Loewenstein, Weber, Hsee & Welch, 2001).  It has been contended that in emotive situations individuals are prone to ignore or neglect probability, and focus instead on the affect-rich outcome […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|

Would I lie to you?

By Dr Doron Samuell

The most appealing aspect of the Masters in Behavioural Science program for me, was the opportunity to undertake research that was relevant, impactful and could contribute to the evolving discipline of behavioural economics. I was fortunate to be working with a progressive financial services company who were willing to join me on this journey.

My research was […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|

Eating for the Environment

by Linda Bacon

We all know that our behaviour has an impact on the environment.  Every day, there are people switching to energy efficient light bulbs, reusing plastic bags and recycling rubbish.  But did you know that you can reduce your environmental footprint by changing what you eat?  The purpose of this research was to test something which might influence […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Events|