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Brain Culture

Jessica Pykett’s new book Brain Culture: Shaping Policy Through Neuroscience is now out! This unique book offers a timely analysis of the impact of rapidly advancing knowledge about the brain, mind and behaviour on contemporary public policy and practice. Examining developments in behaviour change policies, neuroscience, architecture and urban design, education, and workplace training programmes the […]

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When behaviour change is not enough

I have to lay my cards on the table. I do believe that behaviour change initiatives can make a significant difference to people’s long-term wellbeing and to our broader collective attempts to protect the environment. Notwithstanding this position (which is most probably itself a fairly engrained bias, shaping the way I assess and think about […]

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At the APPG

Mindfulness In Westminister By Rachel Lilley   Is mindfulness an opiate or a system changer? That was one of the key discussions in the All Party Group on Mindfulness meeting in Westminster yesterday on Workplace Mindfulness. Our attempts to combine behaviour change theory and mindfulness are definitely attempting to apply it as a transformative game […]

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The Fatty Crab

Behavioural Sciences in the Fatty Crab (Image Credit: Trip Advisor) I meet with David Berreby in a Malaysian restaurant called the Fatty Crab on Hudson Avenue in New York. Hudson Avenue starts at the point where the rigid line of 8th Avenue gently dissolves in to the leafy complexity of the West Village. It is […]

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Inside the Beltway

Behaviour Change inside the Beltway When it comes to considering the impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy the US provides the most compelling of case studies. It can be argued that the US is the heartland of the behaviour change agenda, which has seen the insights of behavioural sciences reshaping policies in areas […]

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Mindfulness and Behavioural Change: an Evaluation We recently delivered a Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy (MBCEPP) programme to civil servants in Wales. The programme explored the impacts that  learning about new behavioural insights through the practices of mindfulness could have. The programme yielded some very positive results and the evaluation report can […]

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Nudge: the Real Ethical Debate?

I recently returned from my second trip to the Netherlands this year. As with my first visit I was speaking with various government officials and advisors about the application of behavioural insights to public policy design. Discussions are now fairly well advanced in the Netherlands concerning how the central government would like to apply nudge-type […]

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Global Nudge

Nudging all Over the World – The Final Report We have recently completed a global scoping study of the rising impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy design and execution. This report uncovers interesting geographical patterns in the global spread and application of nudge type policies. The full report can be downloaded here nudgedesignfinal

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Heuristics – Half Baked!

Heuristics – Half Baked! There is an ongoing debate (of kinds) concerning the pliability of heuristics (those conscious and unconscious behavioural shortcuts we routinely rely on to get through our daily lives, which include things such as future bias and social proofing). This debate (or in this particular case fairly amicable discussion) was evident in […]

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MIndfulness and Behaviour Change

As part of our ongoing ESRC research project, exploring the impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy, we have just completed a mindfulness based behaviour change intervention with 15 members of the Welsh civil service. The Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy  course ran for 8 weeks and sought to combine Mindfulness […]

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