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VRG Seminar: Behavioural Change and Alcohol-Fuelled Violence: A Field Experiment

Members of the Violence Research Group (VRG), Iain W. Long, Kent Matthews and Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam, will deliver a presentation for their paper “Behavioural Change and Alcohol-Fuelled Violence: A Field Experiment”. Their research uses a field experiment to assess whether alcohol-induced behavioural changes explain participants’ recent history of violence.

Their results show that being in a drinking environment, rather than intoxication, reduced participants’ cognitive ability whilst increasing their overconfidence. Those who experience small reductions in ability or become much more overconfident tended to have been involved in more violent incidents. Since these behavioural changes were largely unanticipated, their results suggest that individuals underestimate their true likelihood of becoming involved in violence when making alcohol consumption decisions. This presents additional challenges when formulating policy designed to deter alcohol-fueled violence.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Iain W. Long - Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Professor Kent Matthews - Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Dr Vaseekaran Sivarajasingam - School of Dentistry, Cardiff University

When: Tuesday 30th April 2019, 12:30pm - 13:30pm

Where: Meeting Room 2.13, CSRI, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AE

Contact: crimeandsecurity@cardiff.ac.uk

This event is open to Cardiff university staff and students. Please complete the registration form below to reserve your place.

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