You will acquire fundamental theoretical knowledge on behaviour regulation, social influence and behaviour change.|
You will acquire understanding of existing and often used interventions in the field of behaviour change and social influence.
You are able to reflect critically on the use and limitations of theory for practical application.
You are able to reflect critically on the circumstances in which evidence-based interventions are effective.
You are able to explain the practical relevance of findings from psychological lab research.
In this course you will learn the theoretical basis for explaining behaviour, behaviour regulation, and behaviour change. This knowledge forms the basis for your unique expertise as a behaviour change psychologist, and is essential for the subsequent course ‘Integrative Approaches and Models of Behaviour change’ and the 'Internship and Thesis'.
The course will start with explaining essential intra-individual determinants of behaviour such as resistance to persuasion, attitudes, intentions, habits and motivation, and interventions to change these determinants. Second, these determinants and interventions will be connected to broader approaches to behaviour change such as nudging and boosting. Finally, the role of the social and cultural context in which these determinants are embedded is addressed.
In discussing these topics there will be ample attention devoted to the question of how to best use these theories and interventions in practice, and how understanding of the psychological mechanisms may aid successful application of psychological theory in practice.
The examination consists of two written exams with open-ended questions. First, the practice exam is obligatory, but will not be graded. The grade for the final exam must be at least a 5.50 to be able to pass the course, and this grade counts for 100%. 1) Practice exam: accomplished [formative] 2) Written exam: grade [summative] 100%