social and behavioural sciences

21 December 2020

Creative Literacy Activities and Dialogic Reading 童來講古

(Video in Cantonese only with bilingual subtitles) In this video, Dr Bonnie Chow of CityU’s Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences explains how social scientists are striving for the betterment of society through observation, suggesting hypothesis and using experiments to verify the hypothesis, and finally building knowledge. Two research studies on creative literacy activities and dialogic reading, conducted by Dr Chow, are shown as examples.    
21 December 2020

Treasure Box of Psychology Research 心理研究百寶箱

(Video in Cantonese only with bilingual subtitles) In this video, Dr Dannii Yeung and Dr Tse Chun-yu of CityU’s Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences introduce the eye tracker and EEG machine, examples of equipment that are being used in psychology research studies. They also share their research studies on people’s emotional reactions to intergenerational workplace conflicts and the cognitive mechanism of individuals in detecting environmental changes.
14 May 2021

Promoting One Health in a Challenging Era

Date 10 – 11 June 2021 Time Day 1 (10 June 2021) : 9am – 6pm (HKT) Day 2 (11 June 2021): 9:30am – 12:30pm (HKT) Four sub-themes – Physical and mental health of young people – Physical and mental health of older adults – Physical and mental health of carers – Primary health care challenges Keynote Speakers – Professor Andrea REUPERT, Monash University – Professor Gerald KOH, National University of Singapore Registration Click here for registration Enquiries Anson Lam (
19 July 2021

Bridging the Gap between Scientists and the Public – Human Behaviour Research and its Communication in Pandemic Times

Date 24 August 2021 (Tue) Time 4pm – 5:10pm (HKT) 9am – 10:10am (UKT) Format Zoom Meeting Registration Click here for registration. Speaker Dr Stavroula KOUSTA, Chief Editor, Nature Human Behaviour, Nature Publishing Group Abstract Human behaviour has been critical in shaping the COVID-19 pandemic, and the actions of individuals, groups, nation states and international bodies have all had a role to play in curbing its spread. This means that insights from the behavioural, social and health sciences have been and will continue to be invaluable throughout the course of the pandemic. The behavioural, social and health science communities responded rapidly to the crisis by sharing insights from the existing literature and, importantly, by mobilising swiftly to collect new, directly applicable evidence to guide policy and assist individuals, communities and governments in managing the pandemic. At the same time, behavioural, social and health scientists have faced the challenge of balancing the urgent need for evidence to guide policy with the need to communicate uncertainties responsibly. In this talk, Dr Kousta will discuss how the pandemic reshaped how human behavioural research is carried out and communicated, as well as the challenges in bridging the gap between science, policy and the general public in a time of crisis. Enquiries +852 3442-2849 /
26 July 2021

星期日檔案-生仔要考牌? (Chinese Version Only)

9 November 2021
Why Hong Kong Is Building Apartments the Size of Parking Spaces

Why Hong Kong Is Building Apartments the Size of Parking Spaces

Why Hong Kong Is Building Apartments the Size of Parking Spaces Dr CHAN Siu-ming of CityU's Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences sheds light on the social and psychological tolls on local residents of small living spaces.
21 October 2022
Hope-based Research

A Journey of Hope: Impact of Hope-based Research 希望之旅:「希望為本」研究之影響

Hope-based Research (Video in English only with bilingual subtitles) People often feel helpless and depressed when facing life-altering situations such as a terminal diagnosis, incarceration and even a global pandemic. While many clinical psychologists mainly provide their patients with symptom treatments that focuses on “now”, Prof Samuel HO Mun-yin, Head of CityU’s Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, has dedicated over two decades to his hope-based treatments that focus on the future. Prof Ho has established Chinese Hope Scales to measure the cognitive style of hope; these instruments have been widely adopted by practitioners in hospitals and NGOs. Based on his research findings, Prof Ho has developed five hope storybooks and two treatment manuals for hope-based interventions, and was involved in the development of a gender-responsive treatment facility in the largest women’s prison in Hong Kong. His work has also gained recognition overseas these years. He was invited to provide training and consultation to over 400 clinicians in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and the UK.