• In partnership with the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Monash University’s BrainPark is running the febfast Decision-Making Study. Febfast is a challenge to pause for a cause and give up alcohol, sugar or another vice of your choice for the month of February – all to support disadvantaged young people aged 12 to 25 across Australia.

    As part of this challenge, febfasters are given the opportunity to sign up to the study, complete surveys and games to receive a personalised Profile: insights into the way your brain functions and how you make decisions.

    Your Profile:

    BrainPark’s personalised Profile articulates where an individual sits on essential aspects of decision-making, implicated in simple day-to-day decisions, as well as decisions that need to be made in high-risk or impactful situations such as the workplace:

    • Risk-taking – do you prefer taking risks? Or do you avoid risks?
    • Reward driven – are your decisions motivated by the potential for reward?
    • Tolerance of uncertainty – do you love the unexpected? Or like to know exactly what your future holds?
    • Emotion driven – to what extent does your emotional state impact your behaviour?
    • Persistence – are you a committer? Or like to chop and change?
    • Planning – to what extent do you think before you act?

    For participating in the study, you will also receive a donation from BrainPark to your fundraising campaign and get the chance to win exclusive prizes along the way.

    We aim to understand the key factors that predict one’s ability to abstain from a vice. We are interested in how your decision-making style impacts your experience during the febfast challenge.

    This research lays the foundations for the development of novel digital assessment tools and innovative lifestyle and technology-based therapies to improve health and wellbeing of Australians.

    How do I get involved?

    Sign up to febfast HERE and check the box expressing your interest in the study.


    Email: dmg@monash.edu