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Volume 5, Issue 3 (September 2015)

Announcements

 
Professor David Chan has been re-appointed as a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and the Board of Directors for the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises.
   
In July, Professor David Chan delivered a keynote speech address at the Singapore Urban Sustainability R&D Congress where he discussed how the social and behavioural sciences can contribute to urban planning. A media report on the speech is available here [LINK].  Professor Chan also delivered a keynote address in September at the Singapore Scientific Conference where he discussed the implications of social issues and behavioural sciences for R&D in science and technology in Singapore.
 
Upcoming Seminars
 
13 October 2015
The Influence of Gender and Professional Identity Integration (G-PII) on Organizational Performance
Seminar by Cheng Chi-Ying
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
 
20 October 2015
A STTUC Model of High Performers and Ostracism
Seminar by Kenneth Tai
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU
 
27 October 2015
Singlism (Prejudice Against Single, Uncoupled People)
Seminar by Ivy Lau
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
 
3 November 2015
Gender and cross-cultural creative collaboration
Seminar by Roy Chua
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU
 
Highlights of Recent Seminars
 
08 September 2015
Evelyn Au, Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU, presented a seminar titled “Remaining Optimistic In The Face of Uncertainty: The Benefits of Bounded Control”. She discussed how people can remain optimistic in the face of uncertainty.
 
Joint Seminars by BSI, SKBI and Tsao Foundation
 
In September, BSI, in collaboration with the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics (SKBI) and the Tsao Foundation, organised two seminars on equipping women with knowledge and skills to enhance their well-being in their retirement years. The seminars, conducted in English and Mandarin, were delivered by Professor Benedict Koh (SMU Professor of Finance) and Dr Chan Soon Huat (Senior Lecturer of Finance).
 
Benedict Koh
(English Speaker)
Chan Soon Huat
(Mandarin Speaker)
 
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
 
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan on the need to guard against our own human self-serving tendencies in order to truly put Singapore above self. He explained the psychology of the self and how human self-serving tendencies can be overcome by being aware of them and cultivating positive attitudes. The article was published on the eve of Singapore’s 50th year of independence on 8 August 2015. [LINK]
 
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
 
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature the live results show on the recently held Singapore General Election 2015, where Professor David Chan was a panel member on the show. Professor Chan explained how the sample counts, which was released for the first time by the Elections Department, should be interpreted. He commented on the various issues in the election and also provided instant analyses as the sample and final results of the electoral divisions were announced. The show is available in four parts on CNA website here:
 
 
 

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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