About the project

Technology Foundation STW has awarded dr. Joel Anderson (Department of Philosophy and ZENO Institute) one of five €500.000 grants as part of its Healthy Lifestyle Solutions Partnership programme, co-sponsored by Philips Research and NWO’s National Initiative Brain & Cognition.  The four-year project, entitled “Promoting Effective Intentions: Volitional Scaffolding, Implementation Intentions, and Bedtime Procrastination,” will be carried out by an interdisciplinary team that includes experimental psychologists from the Utrecht’s “Self-Regulation Lab” (prof. Denise de Ridder (Lab director), Sanne Nauts (project postdoc), dr. Floor Kroese, dr. Marieke Adriaanse, and dr. Catharine Evers), as well as philosophers specialized in moral psychology, personal autonomy, and the ethics of human-machine interaction (Bart Kamphorst (PhD researcher), prof. Marcus Düwell (director, Ethics Institute, dr. Annemarie Kalis (Horizon project on “Practical Self-Understanding”), and Anderson).  The project aims to develop, in collaboration with Philips Research, effective and ethical software applications that individuals can use as “scaffolding” (assistive supports) to reduce their tendency to procrastinate about health-related behaviors – in particular, the tendency to put off going to bed even when what they “really want” is to get a good night of sleep.