Evolutionary learning processes as the foundation for behaviour change

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    Abstract

    We argue that the active ingredients of behaviour change interventions, often called behaviour change methods (BCMs) or techniques (BCTs), can usefully be placed on a dimension of psychological aggregation. We introduce evolutionary learning processes (ELPs) as fundamental building blocks that are on a lower level of psychological aggregation than BCMs/BCTs. A better understanding of ELPs is useful to select the appropriate BCMs/BCTs to target determinants of behaviour, or vice versa, to identify potential determinants targeted by a given BCM/BCT, and to optimally translate them into practical applications. Using these insights during intervention development may increase the likelihood of developing effective interventions - both in terms of behaviour change as well as maintenance of behaviour change.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-57
    Number of pages15
    JournalHealth Psychology Review
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • ADULTS
    • FRAMEWORK
    • INFORMATION
    • INTERVENTIONS
    • Learning processes
    • METAANALYSIS
    • OBESITY
    • SCIENCE
    • TAXONOMY
    • behaviour change
    • evolutionary learning
    • methods
    • techniques

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