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Volume 3, Issue 3 (September 2013)
Announcements
 
 
BSI Director Professor David Chan has been appointed as a member on the Research Advisory Panel for the National Population and Talent Division at the Prime Minister’s Office and Adjunct Principal Scientist at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) . He has also been renewed as member of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
     
 
Upcoming Events
 
1 October 2013
A Novel Predictor of Intercultural Learning: Implicit Learning Ability
Seminar by Krishna Savani
Assistant Professor of Management and Organisation, National University of Singapore
 
22 October 2013
Social Capital: How Context Matters
Seminar by Vincent Chua
Assistant Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore
 
29 October 2013
Normative Influences on Behaviours
Seminar by Ivy Lau
Assistant Professor of Psychology (Education), SMU
 

 

5 November 2013
Constraints on Beliefs and Behaviours
Seminar by Evelyn Au
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
 
12 November 2013
Creativity and the Affective Dynamics of Self-Regulation
Seminar by Ronald Bledow
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources, SMU
 
Highlights of Recent Seminars
 

3 September 2013
Iris K Schneider, Research Fellow at VU University, presented a seminar titled “Minding the Body in Perception, Cognition and Emotion”. She discussed how people’s bodily perceptions influence their attitudes, decision-making and emotions.

10 September 2013
Yang Hwajin, Assistant Professor at SMU, presented a seminar titled “Positive Affect as a Source of Cognitive Flexibility”. She discussed how positive affect influence thoughts and behaviours.
 
     
Research Feature
 
BSI has recently supported a research project on leader humility, led by SMU Associate Professor Gary Greguras (left) and Visiting Adjunct Faculty Michael Daniels (right). The following papers from the research were presented at the Academy of Management Conference held at Florida in August 2013:

To be Effective, Incompetent Leaders 
Should at Least be Humble


Humble Leaders and Satisfied followers: 
The Roles of LMX and Neuroticism

 
 
Insights from Behavioural Sciences

Behavioural sciences research on trust perceptions offer insights on how and why the public trusts, or distrusts, the Government. In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an article on public trust in Government.  The invited commentary, contributed by BSI Director Professor David Chan, was published in the The Straits Times on 28 September 2013.
 
Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature two recent commentary articles by BSI Director David Chan, published in The Straits Times. In the first article, Professor Chan discussed the challenge of social mobility and proposed a holistic approach to increasing social mobility in Singapore (Taking Steps to Raise Social Mobility in Singapore). In the second article, which was a response to the National Day Rally speech by Prime Minister Lee, Professor Chan highlighted how nation-building social policies in housing, health and education need to be sustainable not only financially but also in terms of policy coherence and alignment of efforts towards the intended social outcomes (Sustainability is Key).
 


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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