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Scholarships to help regional students pursue their university dreams.

Our Director of Social Research - Dr Natalie Herd - and her husband Simon certainly practice what they preach! Natalie and Simon are proud donors of a residential college scholarship at The University of Melbourne's St Hilda's College. This scholarship gives bright young regional students the opportunity to pursue their university dreams. Nice work Herds!!

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Would you switch from donuts to fruit?!

We loved working with AIA Insurance and The Reputation Group on the donut experiment!

You can see the footage from The Project here. The purpose of the experiment was to see if an incentive could convince people to switch from a donut to a fresh fruit cup. More people made the switch when offered an incentive compared to those who were just told that donuts were unhealthy. (There's more info on the science of incentives for health here.)

Thanks to our great Think Tanker Prof. Bill von Hippel and our wonderful experimenters Catherine and Issac...and Gen, Anna, and Anna working behind the scenes!

Academic Publications

Cuddy, A. J. C., Govan, C. L., Neal, D. T., & Coster, A. (2013)
Qantas Luxury: Grounded Flights, First-Class Pajamas and Twitter Hashtags
Harvard Business School Case 913-007, May 2013.
Norton, M. I., Neal, D. T., Govan, C. L., Ariely, D., & Holland, E. (2014).
The Not-So-Common-Wealth of Australia: Evidence for a Cross-Cultural Desire for a More Equal Distribution of Wealth
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 2014.
Overbeck, J. R., Neale, M. A., & Govan, C. L. (2010).
I feel, therefore you act: Intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of emotion on negotiation as a function of social power.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 112, 126-139.
Chow, R. M., Tiedens, L. Z., & Govan, C. L. (2008)
Excluded emotions: The role of anger in antisocial responses to ostracism.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 896-903.
Govan, C. L., & Williams, K. D. (2004)
Changing the affective valence of the stimulus items influences the IAT by re-defining the category labels.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 357-365.
Williams, K. D., & Govan, C. L. (2004)
Reacting to Ostracism: Retaliation or reconciliation?
In D. Abrams, J. Marques, & M. A. Hogg. (Eds.). The Social Psychology of Inclusion and Exclusion. Philadelphia: The Psychology Press.
Williams, K. D., Case, T. I., & Govan, C. L. (2003).
Impact of ostracism on social judgments and decisions: Explicit and Implicit Responses.
In J. P. Forgas, K. D. Williams, & W. von Hippel (Eds.). Responding to the Social World: Implicit and Explicit Processes in Social Judgments and Decisions. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Williams, K. D., Govan, C. L., Croker, V., Tynan, D., Cruickshank, M., & Lam, A. (2002).
Investigations into differences between social- and cyberostracism.
Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 6, 65-77.