The field of psychology can explore the human mind and provide an understanding of human behaviours. It can also interpret actions, emotions, and attitudes through the changes that occur throughout an individual, as they move through different stages of life. This human behaviour, according to the scientists of Northeastern University is 93 per cent predictable.
Albert-László Barabási, a professor of Physics, studies that although human behaviour is considered to be random and unpredictable, it still follows regular patterns. He conducted this study by tracking and analysing mobility patterns of cell phone users. This psychology initiates a process where one can foresee the actions of an individual by analysing his actions in the past. Therefore, Barabási says,
“Spontaneous individuals are largely absent from the population.”
He also analyses the travel patterns of people who stay close to their homes and the ones who travel far. In both cases, the predictability of their behaviour remains the same due to similar patterns in their travel, irrespective of time and distance. Therefore, even if there are different travel histories, humans tend to return to locations they had visited before. Nor do factors like age, gender, language, urban and rural locations impose any difference in the psychology of behaviours.
Along with Barabási, other network scientists studied cell phone data to observe the mobility patterns of various users and analysed their behaviours by recording their travel histories.
The predictability of human behaviour also helps in addressing public health and the overall development of urban sectors. The concept of predictable human mobility gives us a chance to improve public health and enhance the overall development of the urban sector (which included urban planning and traffic engineering). This is because it essentially foretells people’s movement along with their behaviour which creates a positive impact on the development of society.