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Habit and health behaviour: Examining the impact of habit strength on a range of health-related behaviours

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, February 01, 2017
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Past behaviour is typically found to be the strongest predictor of future behaviour. When this occurs it is usually taken to reflect the operation of habits – i.e., learned sequences of acts that have become automatic responses to specific cues. The PhD student will examine the impact of habit strength on a range of health-related behaviours (e.g., exercise, alcohol consumption), with a particular focus on the key contextual cues that trigger health-promoting and health-compromising behaviour. The student will also examine the extent to which habit strength moderates the effectiveness of interventions (e.g., self-efficacy enhancement, implementation intentions) to change health-related behaviour.

Funding Notes

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology. Please see here for full details: View Website
Overseas students are welcome to apply for funding but must be able to demonstrate that they can fund the difference in the tuition fees.
Requirements: We ask for a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

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