CANCELLED – Psychology Colloquium: Dr Nicky Quinn (Macquarie University) – School of Psychology CANCELLED – Psychology Colloquium: Dr Nicky Quinn (Macquarie University) – School of Psychology

CANCELLED – Psychology Colloquium: Dr Nicky Quinn (Macquarie University)

Speaker: Dr Nicky Quinn (Macquarie University)

Title: Applying behavioural science to government policy

Abstract: In psychology, we take many principles of behavioural science as given. We know that we regularly make decisions that are ‘bad’ for us or irrational, we fail to follow through with even our strongly-held good intentions, and we show a range of biases in the way we interpret information. Although these principles are well understood in psychology, this way of approaching human behaviour is more novel in some areas of government policy making. This is problematic given that government policy is often the end place in the research translation pathway for the evidence we generate in academia. After conducting research and working in and with government for four years, I will be presenting on the application of ‘behavioural insights’ to government policy, and running randomised-controlled trials to test government policy and programs. This will include a series of trials we ran over the last few years, including in reducing the over-prescription of antibiotics, helping the unemployed back to work, reducing sexual harassment, and in attempting to reducing discrimination.

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Date

Mar 20 2020
Expired!

Time

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost

Free

Location

Heydon Laurence Lecture Theatre (A08)
The University of Sydney
Category

Organizer

Sophie Ellwood
Email
psychology.research@sydney.edu.au

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