In Hong Kong, SARS created a new social norm, where people accepted mask use as part of their ‘civic responsibility’.
Why do men identify as straight if they have sex with other men? And why would a straight man have sex with another man in the first place?
Impulsiveness, a key characteristic of ADHD, might help us understand some of Laming’s behaviour. None of this excuses his actions, though.
Physical contact is important for our mental health and social bonding. We need to bring it back as soon as it’s safe to do so.
If both people like and trust each other enough to kiss, the good shared feelings they get makes them more likely to stay together.
Boredom can make you angry, impulsive or find meaning in life.
A social scientist argues that in the absence of strong government action, people took it upon themselves to work out conduct to stem the spread of virus.
With many more months of lockdowns, mask mandates and quarantining in our futures, the government needs to get its messaging just right and we all need to manage our expectations appropriately.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, and the colder weather approaches, new mathematical models are needed to study changing social behaviours and indoor spaces.
As in humans, environmental changes provoked chimpanzees to develop a diverse range of behaviours.
It’s easy to judge people who escape from quarantine as not doing their bit. But if we use some basic principles from behavioural science, we might stop people wanting to escape in the first place.
The government has become an easy scapegoat as the pandemic has worsened. While blame can alleviate stress, grief and guilt, it can also be counterproductive if people trust less in their leaders.
What will help drive high compliance rates is clear communication from authorities about the restrictions and consistent messaging about people doing the right thing.
New data from the ABS shows how people adjusted their consumption patterns and behaviours during the early COVID-19 restrictions — and how some lifestyle changes have remained since then.
For many children, the pandemic means staying at home, not seeing friends or going to the playground. It’s difficult to regulate emotions with so much going on. But there are ways parents can help.
Behavioural scientists explain why people react badly to paternalistic messaging from politicians. If you treat people like children and tell them to stop doing something, it has the opposite effect.
You’ve heard pregnant women talk about nesting, whether that’s painting the nursery, or cleaning the house from top to bottom before their baby arrives. But new research turns ‘nesting’ on its head.
Large-scale adoption of simple, individual actions — like disinfecting our germ-laden phone screens — can limit the ability of COVID-19 to get a foothold.
The trick is changing our actual behaviour, as well as our intentions.
Cognitive neuroscience finds that regular consumption of pornography affects the centres of the brain responsible for will power, impulse control and morality.