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Nelli Hankonen

Nelli Hankonen

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My research focuses on behaviour change, motivation, and use of behaviour change science in public policy.

During and after my PhD, I have been interested in modelling the dynamic nature of the change process (psychosocial determinants and the behaviour), evaluating intergroup (e.g., socioeconomic status) differences therein, and exploring the influence of personality in lifestyle change.

An essential part of my research program involves investigating the social and psychological processes of change within interventions. What type of interactions facilitate behaviour change? How do group dynamics and norms influence processes of change? What leads to long-term maintenance of behaviour change?

My current projects involve behaviour change in areas of healthy eating and/or physical activity and mental well-being (e.g., mindfulness). I am especially interested in evaluating the effects of theory-based interventions on hypothesized mediating psychosocial factors, behaviour change technique enactment, as well as health behaviours and well-being.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Gender Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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  • Ahokas, M., Ferchen, M., Hankonen, N., Lautso, A., & Pyysiäinen, J. (2008). Sosiaalipsykologia. WSOY.

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Courses Taught:

  • Behaviour Change Colloquium
  • Social Cognition, Attitudes, and Behaviour Change

Nelli Hankonen
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Social Sciences
00014 Helsinki

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