Science for Society: Habits and Behavior Change: A Case Study of Digital Technology

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Most interventions to change behavior have limited long-term impact. Modifying repetitive behaviors requires understanding how habits form and change. Digital technology illustrates both the challenges of changing unwanted habits, such as stopping the habitual spread of misinformation on social media, and the opportunity to form habits that benefit well-being, such as monitoring sleep and other health habits. In this webinar, we use digital technology as a case study to illustrate how to form and change everyday habits. We also explain how to design effective interventions for behavior change.

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Anna Schnauber-Stockmann

University of Mainz

Anna Schnauber-Stockmann received her PhD from the Department of Communication, University of Mainz (Germany), where she works as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research focuses on media habits, mobile media, and in situ approaches to media use and effects.

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Benjamin Gardner

University of Surrey

Benjamin Gardner is a Reader in Psychology (Associate Professor) at University of Surrey, UK. His research seeks to understand and clarify the concept of ‘habit’ and how it can be drawn on to understand and change every human behaviors, with especial focus on health and sustainability behaviors.

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Wendy Wood

University of Southern California

Wendy Wood is Provost Professor Emerita at the University of Southern California and president of the Association for Psychological Science. Her research addresses the psychology of habits and why they are so difficult to change.