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    Volume 9 Issue 3 (September 2019)
  • We are pleased to announce that BSI Conference 2020 will be held on 7 April 2020 (Tuesday) at the Orchard Hotel. Details will be available when registration opens in early January 2020.
  • Professor David Chan has been reappointed as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) for a two-year term from September 2019.
Upcoming BSI Seminars
  • 29 October 2019
    It’s Not What You Get But How You’re Getting It: The Effect of Status and Perceived Inequality on Emotion and Risk-taking
    Seminar by Jacinth Tan
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 5 November 2019
    When and Why do We have Difficulty in Considering Each Other's Perspective?
    Seminar by Tsai Ming-Hong
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 12 November 2019
    Perceived Dissolution Consideration and the Role of Partner Commitment Regulation
    Seminar by Kenneth Tan
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
Highlights of Recent BSI Seminars


  • 10 September 2019
    Christilene Du Plessis, Assistant Professor of Marketing, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Sharing like a Boss: How Consumers’ Position in the Hierarchy Influences Word-of-Mouth Valence”. She shared how, when, and why recipient rank affects Word-of-Mouth (WOM) valence and demonstrates the underlying role of consumers’ need for affiliation. The implications for the joint influence of vertical and horizontal interpersonal factors on WOM sharing and marketing are also discussed.
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  • 24 September 2019
    Kim Seonghoon, Assistant Professor of Economics, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Payroll Taxation and Its Consequences for Subjective Well-being, Labour Market Outcomes and Consumption: Evidence from Regression Discontinuity Design“. He discussed and shared his research findings on how and whether payroll taxation affects individuals’ well-being.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences


In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we share a book chapter “Beyond Academic Abilities” (now given free access from the publisher’s website) from the book Much More Than Academic Abilities, in which Professor David Chan explains the need to go beyond academic abilities and the critical role of non-academic attributes in Singapore. The full book is available for purchase on the publisher’s website and in major local bookstores.

Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we share an invited essay “Why and How Public Trust Matters” from Centre of Liveable Cities in which Professor David Chan explains the psychology of public trust. He noted that to build high trust cities, governments need to appreciate the fragility and power of public trust, and also better understand the relationships linking people, leaders and the cities they inhabit. The essay was published in the Urban Solutions magazine on 1 August 2019.

About BSI

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