Left to our own devices

Editor’s note: Really enjoyed this look at how our relationship with technology is evolving and how that impacts on the relationships we have with others.

How should we analyse our lives?

Editor’s note: Fascinating look at social physics, the collection of colleague ‘behaviour’ data and what this means for privacy.


Editor’s note: A look at the impact of triggers on seemingly unimportant discussions regarding job title, compensation, and location.

Applying behavioral principles to personalise content using social media

Editor’s note: Well referenced article on how to use behavioural principles to make content more personal and engaging.

How habits can impact user behavior

Editor’s note: How to change user habits. Think cues and rewards and a whole lot more – all discussed in this practical article.

Keith Chen: language that forecasts weather — and behavior

Editor’s note: Behavioural economist Keith Chen looks at how the language we speak impacts our behaviour. His work looks at the relationship between how we talk about the future and how we save (money) for the future. According to Chen’s work, it has a big impact.

Mind hacks, recommendations and behavioral heuristics: 2012′s top articles on online consumer behavior

Editor’s note: Thankyou to Richard Sedley for sharing this great post, which is full of resources on online behaviour and persuasion. The focus is consumer behaviour but lost of great resources in here for learning professionals.

A new Behavioural Design Lab in the UK

Editor’s note: Interesting to see this, the world’s first Behavioural Design Lab. And it is based in the UK. It looks to have a wide remit but should be useful to follow to see developments at the intersection of design and behaviour.

Online attitudes predict individuals’ compulsive and excessive Internet use and poor wellbeing

Editor’s note: Researchers are exploring how specific online communication attitudes – such as individuals’ tendency for online self-disclosure, online social connection, and online anxiety – predicted their compulsive and excessive Internet use. Does excessive participation in social networks foster compulsive and excessive Internet use?

Interview: BJ Fogg on ‘tiny habits’ and learning

Editor’s note: Stanford academic and behaviour change expert shares his thinking on how to change behaviour using tiny steps. This is a 10-minute video that’s well worth a watch.