Research

Our core interest lies in scientific understanding of predicting and changing behaviour that is related to well-being. Our applied areas range from physical activity and healthy diet to work performance and well-being. Our mission is to develop both theory and methodology in the study of human motivation, attitudes and behaviour change.

Here we portray some current topics in our group's interests.

Motivation

We are passionate about improving our understanding of motivation - both at individual level and at an interpersonal level. We study how health practitioners may best uptake motivational interaction techniques in counseling low-active youth, as well as the techniques people themselves can use in managing their own motivation and behaviour.

Automatic behaviour

A wealth of research has shown that people's behaviour is largely guided by automatic, habitual processes rather than rational conscious decision making. Our group is interested in how we can use the understanding of habit formation and implicit processes in intervening to help people to improve their activity and dietary behaviours.

Lay understanding

We are interested in investigating how people form beliefs regarding genomics, benefits of mindfulness practice as well as the concept of physical activity. Lay beliefs form a key basis of motivation and attempts at lifestyle change.