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Behavioural Sciences

Shame or hope? How should we feel about climate change?

1 December, 2022 - Institutet för Framtidsstudier

In an award-winning article, philosopher Julia Mosquera and researcher in psychology Kirsti Jylhä, help us sort out our climate emotions. Is it okay to enjoy warmer summers, given they are caused by climate change? Should we feel shame when we fly, and is anxiety an overreaction or a rational response to the current climate crisis? There is widespread disagreement about how we should feel regarding climate change, and this process of normativization runs the risk of going wrong if we believe there is just one appropriate emotion.

When the Impossible Becomes Possible

8 June, 2020 - K2 – Nationellt kunskapscentrum för kollektivtrafik

Researchers have studied the COVID-19’s impact on work and travel patterns in Swedish public agencies. Results indicate a more long-lasting impact on the way we meet in business than in our commuting habits.

Nudging out the coronavirus with behavioral economics

1 June, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Human behavior is key in any pandemic. So how can a little nudge in the right direction change our behavior for the better? Researcher Nurit Nobel explains the science behind encouraging good behaviors – and how it can help us during the pandemic.

How corona is changing the retail industry

15 May, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Social distancing has fundamentally changed shopping behaviors and thereby the retail industry – but what will happen next? What opportunities may arise as the dust settles and we move towards a new normal? The corona pandemic has struck a hard blow to the retail industry. Social distancing means fewer customers passing through brick and mortar […]

Doing the right thing – why it’s harder for some

8 May, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

All over the world, personal movement has been restricted to various degrees in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But some people seem to having trouble staying away from others. Social psychology may help us understand why some of us are not listening. Nobody was prepared for the new decade to kick off […]

Influencers important in corona communication

9 April, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

How can you get people to follow to government recommendations and advice in times of COVID-19? Use the power of influencers, argues Assistant Professor Jonas Colliander. A big part in the fight against COVID-19 is getting information about government guidelines and regulations out to the population as quickly and efficiently as possible. As people’s news […]

The psychological reason we are hoarding toilet paper

25 March, 2020 - Handelshögskolan i Stockholm

Are you hoarding toilet paper or stockpiling paracetamol to last you through the corona crisis? You’re not alone. Professor Richard Wahlund explains the psychology behind our need to stock up in times of crisis. In stores and pharmacies across Sweden, there are gaping holes where there should be toilet paper, pasta and paracetamol. Customers report […]

The majority consider themselves more environmentally friendly than others

19 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Research from the University of Gothenburg shows that we tend to overestimate our personal environmental engagement. In a study with participants from Sweden, the United States, England, and India, most participants were convinced that they acted more environmentally friendly than the average person. In the study, over 4,000 people responded to how much, and how […]

Dual residence works well when children have a close relationship with both parents

5 December, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

Dual residence, where children live approximately equally with each parent after separation or divorce, works best if the child has influence over the living arrangement and has good and close relationships with each parent. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg identifies several aspects important to the way children and young people experience their family model.