Bridging the “Behavioural Gap” in safety-critical work

Maria Matthews provides an update on the knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) between Leeds Beckett University and VolkerRail Ltd., a specialist railway infrastructure services company working throughout the UK. There are a number of factors that influence safety-related behaviours: Beliefs and perceptions: Our attitudes, beliefs and intentions; what we believe we may gain or lose from performing a […]

User Experience and Behaviour Change

PhD Student Mark Spooner talks about his research which combines User Experience, Interface Design and Behaviour Change Theory in order to help parents form good habits when it comes to their toddlers’ health. A couple of years ago I started a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Behaviour Change. I am looking at how […]

Maria Matthews starts research project to investigate safety behaviour at VolkerRail

An innovative psychological approach to health and safety at VolkerRail, a specialist railway infrastructure services company based in Doncaster. VolkerRail aims to change attitudes towards safety after successfully securing a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, to look at new ways to enhance safety through psychological and behavioural expertise. Over […]

Teaching Design Thinking Skills to Creative Technology Students

During the 2013/14 academic year I introduced a new final year module Design Thinking to the Creative Media Technology curriculum here at Leeds Beckett University. Students created blueprints of positive behaviour change interventions whilst following the 5-step process advocated by Stanford University’s Empathise Define Ideate Prototype Test Design Thinking is a human-centred methodology that […]

Persuasive Conference 2014

I attended the Persuasive 2014 conference at the University of Padova, Italy at the end of May.  The conference gave me the opportunity to hear from the people who have been at the leading edge of PT research for the last decade or more.  I also attended the Doctoral Consortium to present my PhD proposals […]

Chairing the behaviour change session at DUXU 2014

Last week I chaired a parallel paper session on “Designing for Behaviour Change” at the 3rd International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU) which was held in Crete, Greece. My co-chair was Prof Marientina Gotsis from University of Southern California. The session featured eight papers, selected in a blind review process by an […]

Seeking Insights

We have started work with MoreLife with the aim of developing technology to support clients enrolled on their weight management programmes.  MoreLife run successful face-to-face workshops which have been commissioned by a number of local authorities in the UK.  Always seeking to improve outcomes MoreLife will work with the Leeds Behaviour Lab to design and develop a […]

Helping Creative Writers develop their practice

Paul Doney has had a paper accepted at this year’s HCI International Conference in June 2014, as part of the ‘Experience Design for Behavior Change’ session. The paper is entitled “Keeping creative writing on track: Co-designing a framework to support behavior change” and explores the potential use of persuasive technology to foster and support a […]