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What is ‘habit’, and how can it be used to understand and change health behaviour? Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
5 February 2015
Venue:
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 44 (Shackleton Building) Level 1, Room 1087

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Sue McNally on 023 8059 5150 or email S.McNally@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

The term ‘habit’ - broadly defined as an automatic response to contexts, based on learned context-response associations - is commonly used to predict, understand and change health behaviour.

The term ‘habit’ - broadly defined as an automatic response to contexts, based on learned context-response associations - is commonly used to predict, understand and change health behaviour. This talk describes recent developments in habit theory and application, and argues that the concept has been inadequately conceptualised within health psychology.

A definition of habit as a process that automatically generates impulses towards action is outlined, and novel research directions arising from this definition discussed. A set of principles for applying habit-formation to the design and evaluation of health behaviour change interventions are offered, alongside evaluation of recent interventions that have used the habit-formation model as a strategy for changing health behaviour.

 

Speaker information

Dr Benjamin Gardner, King's College London. Dr Benjamin Gardner is a Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London.

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