TEDx talk highlights the work of the EHG

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TEDx talk highlights the work of the EHG

LSHTM recently held a TEDx event and one of the key speakers was Dr Val Curtis of the Environmental Health Group.

Watch Val’s full talk below:


In her talk Val discusses the role of behaviour settings. Which she describes as a conjunction of objects, environment, roles, rules and social deviance control. The concept of behaviour settings was initially developed by Roger Barker who in 1954 studied the behaviour of an entire community in the United States. He found that 90% of behaviour could be predicted by the setting an individual was in. As Val explained β€œhe observed that people in the tavern behaved tavern, people in the drug- store behaved drug-store and people in the post-office behaved post office.”

Val went on to explain the significance of behavioural settings for behaiviour change in public health. In particular she referenced how her team are working to disrupt behaviour settings as part of behaviour change interventions in India, Zambia and Nepal.

Her talk was met with great applause – but of course this was predicted by the behaviour setting!

More about the TEDx LSHTM event can be found here.

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