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Volume 4, Issue 2 (June 2014)
BSI is pleased to announce that A*STAR and SMU have jointly established a Centre for Technology and Social-Behavioural Insights (CTSBI) to tap on high performance computing technology, big data analytics and behavioural sciences to study people-centric issues and human behaviours in different settings. Such information can be used to enhance planning and address issues in different areas such as retail, logistics, urban planning, education and community development. The new research centre is a research partnership involving SMU’s BSI and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R). The Centre is helmed by two co-directors, Dr Victor Tong from A*STAR and Professor David Chan from SMU. For more details, please click here for the press release.
Upcoming Events
19 August 2014
Self-Reports of Well-Being: Are They Valid Even If We Can’t Remember Everything That Happens to Us?
Seminar by William Tov
Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
2 September 2014
What doesn't kill you will only make you more risk loving: Early-life disasters and CEO behaviour
Seminar by Gennaro Bernile
Assistant Professor of Finance, SMU
23 September 2014
Modelling and Simulating Human Performance on the Implicit Association Test
Seminar by Quek Boon Kiat
Scientist, Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR

Highlights of Recent Seminar
8 April 2014
Wan Ching, Associate Professor of Psychology, Nanyang Technological University, presented a seminar titled “Cultural Materialism as Context: Norm Adherence or Self-Expression?”. She discussed an alternative way in which cultural norms influence individual behaviours and self-expression in the context of materialistic consumption.
Partly based on the BSI Conference held in 2012, the book titled "Individual Adaptability to Changes at Work: New Directions in Research" has been published by Routledge,Taylor & Francis. Click here to find out more about this book.
BSI has recently supported a research project on the relationships linking creativity, paradoxical framing and culture differences led by Associate Professor Angela Leung. The paper from the research has been accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management Conference to be held at Philadelphia in August 2014.
Insights from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article discussed the nature of a negativity mindset and how positivity could be fostered in Singapore, and proposed that Singapore should be a “democracy of deeds and voices” through the building of psychological capital as a core resource. The article was published in The Straits Times on 7 June 2014.
Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary by Professor David Chan. The article examined the tensions between Singapore’s goals to become a global city and maintaining national solidarity, and proposed several strategic principles for the dynamic balancing of these twin goals. The article was published in The Straits Times on 5 April 2014.

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.