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Volume 8 Issue 2 (June 2018)

The book Unintended Consequences in Singapore, based on the proceedings at BSI Conference 2017, has been published by World Scientific. Containing a total of 10 chapters, the book explores various issues about unintended consequences in Singapore and areas related to healthcare, race relations, education, smart nation initiatives, immigration, meritocracy, civil service culture and mindsets, and relationships between people and government. Contributors include Arnoud De Meyer, Tan Kok Yam, Neo Boon Siong, Lim Lai Cheng, Jeremy Lim, Mathew Mathews, Paulin Straughan, Tommy Koh, Chan Heng Chee, Kishore Mahbubani, Han Fook Kwang and David Chan. The book is available now for online purchase. It  will be available in major bookstores locally in early July 2018 and overseas in September 2018. More information are available on the World Scientific website.[Link]
BSI Outreach
BSI Director Professor David Chan will be delivering an invited talk on applying behavioural sciences to address environmental challenges at the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore (CESS), to be held in July 2018 in conjunction with the World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week. For more information on CESS, please visit their website. [Link]
BSI Research
The following article authored by BSI Director Professor David Chan has been accepted for publication:
  • Chan, D. (in press). Team-level constructs. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior.
Upcoming BSI Seminars
  • 4 September 2018
    Culture Moderates the Role of Perceived Obligation in Influencing Inflammation and Cardiovascular Risk: Evidence for Culturally Distinct Pathways to Achieving Positive Health Outcomes
    Seminar by Andree Hartanto
    Lecturer of Psychology, SMU (wef July 2018)
  • 11 September 2018
    Boosting Creativity with a Paradox Mindset: For Whom and How
    Seminar by Angela Leung
    Associate Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 18 September 2018
    Seeking and Ensuring Interdependence: Desiring Commitment and the Strategic Initiation and Maintenance of Close Relationships
    Seminar by Kenneth Tan
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU (wef July 2018)
  • 25 September 2018
    When and Why do We Fail to Cooperate Under Conflict?
    Seminar by Tsai Ming-Hong
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU
  • 2 October 2018
    A Sociocultural Psychological Analysis of Antecedents of Pro-Environmental Support
    Seminar by Kimin Eom
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU (wef July 2018)
  • 23 October 2018
    Physiological Influence in Cross-Class Dyadic Interaction
    Seminar by Jacinth Tan
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, SMU (wef September 2018)
Insights from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary where Professor David Chan discussed the psychology of leadership in public engagement. He explained why leaders should stop using the labels “vocal minority” and “silent majority” to describe segments of the population. He also suggested how leaders can effectively engage people, including those who disagree or are ambivalent, by being both principled and adaptive. The article was published in The Straits Times on 19 May 2018.[Link]
Applications from Behavioural Sciences
In this regular section on Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature an invited commentary in which Professor David Chan explained the psychology of voicing critical comments on public issues and responding to them. He proposed a 5Cs framework to guide public debate, that focuses on having competence, maintaining character, being courageous and constructive and a climate of support. The article was published in The Straits Times on 28 April 2018.[Link]
We also feature an interview by the Association for Psychological Science, published in The Observer [Link], where Professor Chan shared how his previous experiences as a police officer have influenced his worldviews and work as a professor, researcher and scientist. He also explained why perspective-taking is important for both policymakers and the public, and the need for researchers to have rigour, relevance, and the skills to integrate science and practice.

About BSI

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