Habits and behaviour change

Our applied research aims to understand and change habit in a range of domains, including health and environment-related behaviours.

Applying habit to real-world behaviours

Among the questions we investigate are the following:

  • How can we change people's habits?
  • Which methods are best for making or breaking habits?

How can we change people’s habits?

Gardner, B., & Rebar, A.L. (2019) Habit formation and behaviour change. Oxford Research Encyclopedia.

Gardner, B., Rebar, A., & Lally, P. (2020) Habit interventions. In M.S. Hagger, L.D. Cameron, K. Hamilton, N. Hankonen, T. Lintunen (Eds), The Handbook of Behaviour Change (pp 599-616). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Changing sitting habits

Dewitt, S., Hall, J., Smith, L., Buckley, J., Biddle, S.J.H., Mansfield, L., & Gardner, B. (2019) Office workers’ experiences of attempts to reduce sitting-time: An exploratory, mixed-methods uncontrolled intervention pilot study. BMC Public Health, 19, 819.

Changing child-feeding habits

Gardner, B., Sheals, K., Wardle, J., & McGowan, L. (2014) Putting habit into practice, and practice into habit: A process evaluation and exploration of the acceptability of a habit-based behavior change intervention. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, 135.

McGowan, L., Cooke, L.J., Gardner, B., Beeken, R., Croker, H., & Wardle, J. (2013) Healthy feeding habits: efficacy results from a cluster-randomized, controlled exploratory trial of a novel, habit-based intervention with parents. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 98, 769-777.