Awareness doesn’t equal behaviour change Healthcare professionals from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently claimed that global antimicrobial resistance should be considered one of the greatest threats to our health in the 21st century. Every year around 500,000 people worldwide … Continue reading Context, time and risk
Can A Redesigned Scale Really Help You Lose Weight? The dreaded scale stares at you from the corner of your bathroom, daring you to face the truth. You step tentatively onto its hard plastic surface. You close your eyes tight, … Continue reading Tracking your health
Researchers uncover a brain process that may help explain the curse of uncontrollable thoughts Distressing conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety have something in common: a difficulty in suppressing unwanted thoughts. Negative self-judgments and re-experienced traumas directly impact mental health … Continue reading The hidden mind
We’re surprisingly unaware of when our own beliefs change If you read an article about a controversial issue, do you think you’d realise if it had changed your beliefs? No one knows your own mind like you do – it … Continue reading Are your beliefs inconsistent?
How to defend against your own mind When it comes to some of the most important decisions we make — how much to bid for a house, the right person to hire, or how to plan for the future — … Continue reading Exploring biases
Three Steps to Say “No” Gracefully Yesterday, a friend asked me if she could borrow my car to run a long-distance errand because my little car gets better mileage than her big one. I wanted to say no; switching cars … Continue reading Better decision-making
If You Could Be Someone Else, Would You? Have you ever looked at someone else’s life with envy, just enough envy that you wish for a moment or two (or longer) that you could be them? Michelle Obama with her … Continue reading In other people’s shoes