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School of Politics and International Relations

Wash your hands, Big Brother is watching you

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Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale wrote an article for The Times discussing research into tactics to encourage people to wash their hands in the current climate. He writes: “So what works? Believe it or not putting a decal of a pair of eyes on the mirror above the sinks has an effect: the fact that Big Brother (or sister) is watching you, and, what’s more, you know they’re watching, isn’t always a bad thing, perhaps. If you’re not keen on surveillance, however, then try citrus as an alternative. Sprayed intermittently around the sink, it too appears to raise rates of handwashing.”

PDF available on request: The Times