Full course description
At the end of the course, students will have acquired knowledge of relevant theories and models to explain the origin, nature and maintenance of unhealthy and unwanted behaviour, or ‘bad habits’.
Students will be able to analyse a ‘bad habit’ using a multidisciplinary perspective. The approach to assessing ‘bad habits’ is multidisciplinary in that it uses recent views from social psychology, social cognition, clinical psychology and cognitive experimental psychology.
Emphasis is put on understanding, explaining and predicting unhealthy behaviours: Several recent theoretical views are used to explain how (un)healthy and (un)wanted behaviours develop and endure. Students will review various types of bad habits in the broad sense of the word and learn how these are acquired, including addictive behaviours, excessive eating, and risky sexual behaviour.
- students understand theories and models that explain health behavior, including dual-process theories, the theory of planned behaviour/reasoned action approach, learning theory, behavioural economics, habit theory, and gene x environment interactions;
- students are able to use these theories to analyse and explain unhealthy, irrational health behaviour and to induce behaviour change.