ScHARR Mini Master Class in Health Research - Everyday things that shape our actions: The influence of the environment on health behaviour - Dr Emma Hock
From Andy Tattersall on October 14th, 2020
The environments in which we live have changed to make our lives easier. An increase in labour-saving devices and easy access to high energy-dense food has negatively impacted on population health, however, and individual behaviours cannot fully address this. There has been recent interest in ‘nudging’ (changes in the immediate environment that relate to health-related behaviour). In this webinar, we will examine how such changes to the environment in which we live and work can impact on people’s health-related behaviours. We will explore lab-based research research on nudges and examine how these techniques can be applied in the real world.
Dr Emma Hock is a Senior Research Fellow in ScHARR. She has a background in health behaviour change and teaches on health psychology and health behaviour change approaches and techniques on two Masters courses run by ScHARR. Emma has a track record of research in preventative health behaviour, with a specific research interest in smoking cessation and physical activity, multiple health behaviour change and physical activity and mental health. Emma completed a PhD in physical activity and smoking abstinence in young smokers in 2007, and also worked on a two-year MRC-funded research project that investigated walking as an aid to cessation: a feasibility study within the NHS stop smoking service (Walk-2-Quit).