Doctors know most scans for low back pain are useless, but they have trouble convincing patients.
Reducing health-care waste relating to unnecessary tests has been a major priority for researchers, governments and health services for decades. But how do we change the behaviour of doctors?
Swimming in synchrony is a fundamental social behaviour for dolphins and is thought to reinforce their bonds.
A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.
Why research that links our social behaviour to our genes is still controversial today.
If you want your New Year’s resolutions to last longer than the party, you need to create new habits. But how?
If you want to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a behaviourist's approach might help you create and keep new, healthy habits.
Understanding how genes influence people's behaviour doesn't lead to fatalism.
The logic is that violence is a choice, so men can be reasonably expected to stop.
Thousands of Australian men are sitting on waiting lists every year to get help to end their violent behaviour – even though behaviour change programs can reduce their likelihood of offending again.
The best of friends.
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Because primates have relationships too you know.
Schools increasingly use expulsion as a way to tackle bad behaviour.
School expulsions are on the rise in Australia. But research shows individual punishment as a deterrent rarely works.
Gotta catch ‘em all.
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The minds of Pokemon trainers have been manipulated using basic behavioural science.
Counting is hard.
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It turns out most of us under-report how many calories we consume – but it's not entirely our fault.
A different approach to children's behaviour could improve relationships and resilience.
Games like Pokémon GO cleverly exploit our psychology in the way they dole our rewards to keep players hooked.
The Pokemon GO craze has tapped in to our desire to seek out rewards. But there different types of rewards in life, each designed to capture our attention, even train our behaviour.
A behavioural psychologists explains how facts fall to the wayside when it comes to how we vote.
Sending children out of class isn’t an effective way to manage bad behaviour.
Schools need to avoid practices that exclude badly behaved students and instead offer more ongoing, personalised support.
Time to ditch those bad habits?
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It's the best time to make a fresh start.
How you let young children use a tablet device can influence their behaviour in later years.
If you use a tablet device to keep a child quiet at the dining table or other event then you could be limiting their social skills. That could have an impact on the way they behave later in life.
Why Britain's obesity crusader could be heading for disappointment.
Why are people so drawn to Trump?
Trump is an ad-man's dream, a candidate who reflects what the best advertisements possess.
Hip-hop artists such as American rapper Method Man are often accused of creating music than incites anti-social behaviour.
Often we form opinions of music because of how aggressive, depressing or joyful we perceive it to be. But studies into the effects of different music genres on listeners' moods throw up some surprises.
Narcissism is a key trait in the subset of ‘dramatic, emotional and erratic’ personality disorders.
Personality disorders have been richly illustrated by filmmakers. Think of attention-seeking Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. Or the villains in Silence of the Lambs and The Talented Mr. Ripley.