To eat or not to eat, that is the question: How can health psychology practitioners help people manage food safety?

Posted Posted in Automaticity, Habit, Self-efficacy

By Barbara Mullan, Curtin University, Australia Extent of the problem Every year, one in 10 people worldwide (approximately 600 million people) become ill after eating contaminated food, and as many as 420,000 people die. There are vast geographical differences in where these instances occur, with African, South-East Asian, and Eastern Mediterranean regions bearing the highest […]


Posted Posted in Assessment, Brief behavioural intervention, Goal setting, Habit, Planning

由英国纽卡斯尔大学的艾米·奥唐奈(Amy O’Donnell)撰稿 最近在欧洲某些地区,尤其是在年轻人中,饮酒的水平下降了。但是,过量饮酒仍然是健康不良和早逝的主要危险因素。给被判定为重度饮酒者的患者提供简短的饮酒建议,尤其当该建议的传达者是初级保健医师(例如全科医生)或护士时,可以帮助减少人们的饮酒量。饮酒的简短建议包括了简短的、循证的、结构化的对话,对话的目的是激发和支持患者去考虑改变饮酒行为以减少它带来的伤害风险。我们仍未完全确定这些对话的关键因素,但提供有关患者饮酒量的个性化反馈,并鼓励他们自我监控饮酒,似乎是其中特别有效的部分。

Staying well while staying at home

Posted Posted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Coping, Habit, Mental Health, Planning, Routines, Self-monitoring, SMART Goals

By Dr Federica Picariello and Professor Rona Moss-Morris, King’s College London, the UK. Within weeks around the world, daily life dramatically changed, and uncertainty seized our future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the immediate and urgent need to slow down the spread of COVID-19 through rapid and widespread behavioural change (i.e., self-isolation, […]

How to maintain health behaviours long term?

Posted Posted in Habit, Motivation, Self-monitoring, Self-regulation

By Dominika Kwasnicka, SWPS University, Poland and University of Melbourne, Australia The ultimate goal of health promotion programmes is to promote long-lasting change and health care professionals can play a role and help patients to improve their health outcomes and maintaining behaviour change. We know that health behaviour change is difficult to initiate and it […]

Willpower versus Unhealthy Temptations – Spoiler Alert – Willpower Usually Loses

Posted Posted in Automaticity, Habit

By Amanda Rebar, Central Queensland University, Australia It will come as no surprise that evidence shows people do not always behave in ways that are best for their long-term health. For example, most people are aware that exercise is good for their physical and mental health, but comparatively far fewer people exercise regularly. When a […]

Getting into the habit: Applying the science of habit-formation to the real-world

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By Benjamin Gardner, King’s College London What is a ‘habit’? Why do we eat popcorn while watching movies? The answer, for most, is that eating popcorn is a habitual response to watching movies. Psychologists define ‘habitual’ behaviours as actions that happen automatically, due to learned associations between situations (the movie theatre) and our responses to […]