Mind, Behaviour and Health – A Randomised ExperimentISER Internal Seminars

This paper investigates to what extent behavioural traits, such as patience, risk aversion and self-control are trainable. If they are, this would open new prospects to improve lifestyle choices and health. We conduct a randomised field experiment with 139 subjects to investigate the effects of a psychological training intervention – consisting of “mindfulness” training – on fundamental preferences underlying decision-making (risk taking and
time preferences) and health-related behaviours. We also evaluate the effects of the intervention on chronic stress and well-being measures.

Presented by:

Michele Belot (University of Edinburgh)

Date & time:

October 28, 2015 1:00 pm - October 28, 2015 2:00 pm



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