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"Penalties apply". Can you legislate behaviour change?

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There???s a class of crimes that don???t have immediate, identifiable victims. Clearing native vegetation, smoking cannabis, hosing a driveway during Level Three water restrictions, parking in a loading zone. On the weekend I saw a sign at Minnamurra ...

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What to do about "habits"

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My friend Karla rang me and asked if I knew of any research about "habits". I had a look (Google Scholar "psychology, habit") and discovered that the psychology of habit is seriously under-researched.(Except for one article that argued that habit ...

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How calculating eco-footprints undermines good behaviour

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I always felt a little uncomfortable about the idea of calculating my own ecological footprint...now I know why:In an experiment with 212 undergraduates, Psychologists Amara Brook and Jennifer Crocker found that for those "not heavily invested in ...

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The sweet balm of denial

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A friend of mine, a self-employed engineer who freely admits to being more than a million dollars in debt, recently told me that the start of Global Financial Crisis thrust him into a period of gloom. Doom-laden headline after headline ground down...

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