Influencing Behavioural Cues

Influencing behavioural cues is about adapting the physical or social environment to stimulate behaviour change, and may also be referred to as ‘Associations’ or ‘Antecedents’. These adaptations can be adding/removing cues or objects in the physical environment to stimulate/avoid certain behaviours, but also changing routines to reduce/increase the exposure to cues. An example of changing the social environment is advice to spend less/more time with friends who eat and live un/healthily.

Video Examples

Note that, in this case, it is Eric himself who mentions that bringing his sports clothes to work helped motivate him in the past to go to the gym straight after work. The dietitian confirms that this strategy has also been successful in other clients.

Note how the dietitian prompts Alice to think about how she could avoid the outside factors/cues (the takeaway restaurants) on her way home from work (restructuring of habits). The dietitian continues by asking Alice whether her husband arrives at home before her, suggesting that he could start with some of the preparations for cooking, which is an additional cue that might encourage more cooking at home.

See how the dietitian explores the triggers that make Queenie eat too much of the high fat and salt options. She proposes that Alice tries some low-fat/low-calorie alternatives for her regular foods.