What makes unwritten rules work? A framework for understanding normative influence. [ 2008 - 2010 ]

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Researchers Dr WR Louis; Dr JR Smith; Prof DJ Terry

Brief description Societies are regulated primarily by norms, which are unwritten, informal rules for appropriate behaviour. Governments, religious and cultural groups, and even families can all actively campaign to change people's standards or norms for behaviour. However, often people ignore the normative messages. As one example, child obesity rates in Australia continue to grow, despite years of campaigns on this issue. Sometimes normative campaigns can even increase the problems they're trying to solve. For example, some research shows children targeted with anti-drug messages are more likely to abuse drugs. This research tests why normative campaigns fail, and how to solve the problem.

Funding Amount $160,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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