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The Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands) is seeking a PhD candidate for a research project that is sponsored by the North Limburg Security Region and Municipal Health Service for a project on “Risk Factory: Behaviour change by learning and experience”.
Research on behaviour change and behaviour change interventions have become increasingly popular and important in our society to overcome societal problems (e.g. health and risks). However, most of the research focused on effects within specific situations and concerned relatively short-term effects. The current project offers a unique opportunity to investigate behaviour change by focusing on learning and experience within the so-called Risk Factory. The aim is to understand conditions to create sustainable behaviour change in the domain of health and risk behaviour. The Risk Factory is based on several scenarios. Here, rather than learning about problems in an abstract manner, children and elderly are able to learn about risks by experience.
Your tasks will include setting up the research, analysing the effects of current scenarios from a behavioural change perspective, testing modifications of the scenarios, preparing new scenarios and interventions, instructing others to start new scenarios ,running experiments at the Risk Factory, writing pre-registrations, testing children, analysing the data, and writing scientific articles, a dissertation in English and reports for the Risk Factory.
The intended start date is 2 September 2019.
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Faculty of Social Sciences
You will be working in the Behaviour Change and Well-Being programme of the Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) at Radboud University. The project will be supervised by Dr Harm Veling, Dr Thijs Verwijmeren and Prof. Rob Holland, in close collaboration with people from the North Limburg Security Region. The Behaviour Change and Well-Being programme conducts fundamental research on the regulation of behaviour with practical implications.
The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Radboud University. The BSI is a multidisciplinary behavioural research institute. Our researchers collaborate across the boundaries of psychology, educational science, and communication science. The BSI has seven research programmes covering three major research themes: 1) development and learning, 2) psychopathology, health and well-being, and 3) social processes and communication. Fundamental research as well as applied/translational research is being conducted. For more information, please visit our website.
The BSI has state-of-the-art research facilities for observational studies, experiments, eye-tracking studies, EEG and other physiological measures, and behavioural measurements in real and 3D virtual environments. The neuroimaging facilities of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG and TMS) are available for research on the neural bases of behaviour.
Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Strategically located in Europe, it is a place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-the-art facilities.
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