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Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 2016)

Announcements

 
Professor David Chan has been appointed as a member of the Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce co-chaired by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Acting Education Minister Ng Chee Meng. The new taskforce, announced in Parliament in April 2016, will develop and implement a multi-year national action plan for the war on diabetes. For details on the work of the taskforce,
click here.
 
BSI Outreach
 
The following are some BSI outreach activities that took place in Apr - Jun 2016.
 
Professor David Chan delivered an invited talk to 500 school teachers at the Teachers' Conference 2016 where he discussed how behavioural sciences can have an impact on teaching practice through enabling positive experiences and outcomes. He also delivered an invited talk to 100 school principals at the West Zone Principals' Retreat where he discussed the applications of behavioural sciences to culture building in schools.
 
Research
 
BSI has conducted a series of studies examining the different dimensions of people's subjective well-being and their correlates. The findings of the studies contribute to the conceptualisation and measurement of how people evaluate and experience their lives. Details of the results will be released when the reports of the various studies are completed.
 
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
 
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan who explained the processes, pitfalls and positive habits involved in taking another's perspective and the importance of seeing things from others' perspectives. The article was published in The Straits Times on 16 April 2016. [LINK]
 
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
 
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan who discussed how the realisation that life is fragile makes us want to live a life of meaning. Drawing on research in the behavioural sciences, he suggested how to do so. The article was published in the Straits Times on 11 June 2016. [LINK]
 

About BSI
 
The Behavioural Sciences Institute (BSI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute for creating, disseminating and applying scientific knowledge about human behaviours in various social, organisational and cultural settings. For more information on BSI, please refer to our website. Should you have any further enquiries, do contact us with the email or phone contact details provided below.
 
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