Working paper

Self-control: determinants, life outcomes and intergenerational implications

This paper studies self-control in a nationally representative sample. Using the well-established Tangney scale to measure trait self-control, we find that people's age, as well as the political and economic institutions they are exposed to, has an economically meaningful impact on their level of self-control.
Literature review

Transitioning to low carbon living: a review of environmental psychology and associated literature

This literature review is a project document produced for the CRC Low Carbon Living project “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". The purpose of this project is twofold. First, it will develop an integrative understanding of how psychological factors...

World happiness report 2015

The World Happiness Report 2016 ranks 158 countries by their happiness levels. This year's report also looks at gender and age as a factor, the mental health of children, and the neuroscience of happiness.

Transformation to Low Carbon Living – social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice (RP3012)

This document is the final report for a CRC Low Carbon Living project called “Transformation to Low Carbon Living: Social psychology of low carbon behavioural practice". As outlined in the introduction, the purpose of this project was to identify low carbon behaviours and then both...

The science behind love songs

How love works on our mind, body and soul – and why we want to write music about it, according to five Melbourne Uni scientists.

The little-known behavioral scientist who transformed cities all over the world: Ingrid Gehl

Behavioral psychologist Ingrid Gehl influenced much of the thinking of her husband, the celebrated urbanist Jan Gehl. Imagine if all designers were married to behavioral scientists–or even if they just talked with each other. Read the full story at Co.Design
Journal article

Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study: housing and psychological distress among Pacific mothers

The Pacific Islands Families longitudinal study follows a cohort of Pacific children born in Auckland in 2000, and their parents. At the 14‐year phase, mothers were asked about housing conditions and psychological distress.
Journal article

A brief scale for measuring Anti-Intellectualism

This paper describes the development of a brief scale to measure anti-intellectualism, the degree to which one experiences either positive or negative affect while engaged in epistemic activities such as conceptual integration.

Domestic violence and society's response in the Cook Islands: the psychological impacts on victims in 'Paradise'

Research conducted in small isolated island states in the South Pacific has been very limited in scope and frequency. This was particularly true in the Cook Islands, an archipelago of 15 tiny islands scattered across an area of the Pacific that was equivalent in size...
Journal article

Life history strategies and psychopathology: the faster the life strategies, the more symptoms of psychopathology

There is little extant empirical literature examining the associations between life history strategies and symptoms of psychopathology. The current study (N = 138) investigated the associations between life history strategies, symptoms of psychopathology, aggression, incidence of self-harm behaviour, and attachment (perceived parental support) in sample...