Podcasts and radio interviews
OTHER PEOPLE'S SHOWS
Sometimes I appear on other people's podcasts. Here's a collection of those interviews.
Aline is focused on applying insights from behavioral science to building digital health products. As an applied behavioral scientist, she studies how people behave and make decisions, and applying that research to the real world.
Talk about an amazing person doing fantastic and exciting things! Aline is both a principal at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, where she works directly with Dan Ariely and the whole awesome team there. She is ALSO the head of behavioral science at Pattern Health.
We interview Aline Holzwarth on how behavioural science is applied to health and digital health interventions.
We discuss Aline's journey to Dan Ariely's research lab, where she works with illustrators, policy makers, and scientists to test behavioural research's validity in the real world. We look at the impact of the Coronavirus and lockdown, such as breaking down (sometimes decades worth of) barriers in healthcare and the longevity of the flip from in-person to digital interventions. Aline also shares some of her favourite examples of behaviour change in health, such as a simple change on a form leading to a huge saving.
Our conversation with Aline was relaxed and built on the underpinnings of abundance and gratitude. We talked first about some the great tips she offers for handwashing messages and how our behavioral immune systems are excellent when we can see, smell or touch something, but they are compromised when it comes to invisibilia such as a virus. We also discussed the role that music can play in providing buoyancy to our feelings and gave up some excellent tips on what to do with video conferencing.
Unlike the traditional ‘information’ approaches to health treatment, the behavioral science approach adds an appreciation for the complexity of the patients’ lives and understanding the person within their environment – ultimately to help people transfer their intentions into actions.
We discuss the intersection of healthcare, behavioral science, and technology. Topics include the healthcare industry's tendency to take an information-based approach, a common mistake that assumes by simply giving people information (Smoking = Bad) that they will find the motivation on their own to implement healthy behavior change. Behavioral science can help bridge that gap by designing products and services that get people from information to action. And in a world where the smartphone is increasingly omnipresent, digital interventions have huge potential for real-world impact.
Tech has the potential to transform healthcare. Behavioral science can give it the boost it needs to reach people in the right place and at the right time. We all carry around our devices everywhere, even grandparents, thus we also carry with us the perfect opportunities for health management. With mobile devices in the right place, behavioral science can help make sure interventions are reaching us at the right times.
We talk about the advantages of being a behavioural scientist, digital health, the singing pill-box, the mood-enhancing effects of 'Pleasant Events', why seeing things as 'challenges' can be helpful, and how a turtle could help us to take better care of ourselves.