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09/23/2020
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This year’s election poses voting hurdles for even the most experienced and loyal voters. But if we learn from other vot...
09/23/2020
We’re All New Voters Now - By Tom Tasche - Behavioral Scientist

This year’s election poses voting hurdles for even the most experienced and loyal voters. But if we learn from other voting newbies—students—we have the chance to overcome the electoral challenges brought about by the pandemic. #vote2020

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles.

As humanitarian aid shuttles around the world in response to coronavirus and other disasters, we don't think twice that ...
09/22/2020
The Earthquake that Catalyzed the “Humanitarian Big Bang” - By Michael McCullough - Behavioral Scientist

As humanitarian aid shuttles around the world in response to coronavirus and other disasters, we don't think twice that this is the way it is. But it was in 1755 that an earthquake in Lisbon changed forever the way we think about humanity’s place in the world and our obligation to others suffering in distant lands.

In 1755, an earthquake in Lisbon changed the way we think about our place in the world and our obligation to others suffering, even in countries far away.

If we fail to fully appreciate the consequences of the changed context of voting this year,  participation in this year’...
09/22/2020
We’re All New Voters Now - By Tom Tasche - Behavioral Scientist

If we fail to fully appreciate the consequences of the changed context of voting this year, participation in this year’s election could suffer a heavy blow...unless we learn from student voters. #VoteReady

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles.

For student voters, voting (even during normal times) can feel new, unfamiliar, and potentially even scary. That makes t...
09/22/2020
We’re All New Voters Now - By Tom Tasche - Behavioral Scientist

For student voters, voting (even during normal times) can feel new, unfamiliar, and potentially even scary. That makes them the ideal group to learn from for how to prompt voter turnout during a pandemic—when voting feels new and scary to all of us.

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles.

"The Problem with Love Is Deciding Who’s Doing the Dishes" by @p_a_marino for @aeonmag, plus more or what we're reading ...
09/22/2020

"The Problem with Love Is Deciding Who’s Doing the Dishes" by @p_a_marino for @aeonmag, plus more or what we're reading this week: https://buff.ly/2FQfHqw

If you've watched "The Social Dilemma" recently, you may be interested in our special issue on the intersection of techn...
09/21/2020
Special Issue: Connected State of Mind - Behavioral Scientist

If you've watched "The Social Dilemma" recently, you may be interested in our special issue on the intersection of technology and behavior: Connected State of Mind

Over the next three weeks, we’ll bring you an in-depth look at our relationship with technology, with an eye for how we use our smartphones and social media.

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can ...
09/21/2020
We’re All New Voters Now - By Tom Tasche - Behavioral Scientist

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles so that everyone who can cast a vote actually does so.

This election year will bring unexpected hurdles for even the most experienced voters. Learning from student voters can help address these obstacles.

We might take it for granted that when a disaster strikes a country, international aid will play a major role in the rec...
09/21/2020
The Earthquake that Catalyzed the “Humanitarian Big Bang” - By Michael McCullough - Behavioral Scientist

We might take it for granted that when a disaster strikes a country, international aid will play a major role in the recovery. But this hasn’t always been a given. In this excerpt from his new book, Kindness of Strangers, psychologist Michael McCullough recounts the disaster—an earthquake in Lisbon—that kickstarted the trend of international humanitarian aid.

In 1755, an earthquake in Lisbon changed the way we think about our place in the world and our obligation to others suffering, even in countries far away.

“For governments and business managers,” writes Tobias Baer, “expunging algorithmic bias becomes a circular problem. The...
09/21/2020
How Algorithms Can Fight Bias Instead of Entrench It - By Tobias Baer - Behavioral Scientist

“For governments and business managers,” writes Tobias Baer, “expunging algorithmic bias becomes a circular problem. The only data they have to develop algorithms is shaped by the very bias they are fighting.”

The algorithms we implement could become tools to help tackle even deeper-seated societal biases, such as notorious racial and gender biases.

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09/21/2020
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The Behavioral Scientist is a non-profit digital magazine. Our mission is to make the valuable insights gathered from behavioral science accessible and useful to society. We publish commentaries and conversations on current events, culture, and research. Each week, we send our email edition, featur...

From the archives: The Psychology of Search Engines — a graphic history examining how technology changes what we know an...
09/20/2020
The Psychology of Search Engines - Behavioral Scientist

From the archives: The Psychology of Search Engines — a graphic history examining how technology changes what we know and what we *think* we know.

By psychologist Danny Oppenheimer and artist Grady Klein https://buff.ly/2mV1tNI

Don't write it down, you'll forget! Don't use Google, you'll forget! Psychologist Danny Oppenheimer and artist Grady Klein present an illustrated story on the psychology of search engines.

The behavioral insights approach to design has often been top-down. A priority moving forward should be to incorporate m...
09/20/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

The behavioral insights approach to design has often been top-down. A priority moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms of behavioral change, write Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman. One promising way of doing so is to adapt principles from human centered design.

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

Applied behavioral science has been at times too top-down, write Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman. As the field de...
09/20/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

Applied behavioral science has been at times too top-down, write Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman. As the field develops, it must continue to incorporate new ways of understanding people and behavior change, they argue.

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

“The behavioral insights approach to design has often been quite top-down: principles of behavior have been used to embe...
09/19/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

“The behavioral insights approach to design has often been quite top-down: principles of behavior have been used to embed certain ways of acting into the local environment or context. Designing from principles in this way can be successful (see the iPod), but it has also been criticized for not paying enough attention to users.” Here’s how to change that 👇

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

“For governments and business managers,” writes Tobias Baer, “expunging algorithmic bias becomes a circular problem. The...
09/17/2020
How Algorithms Can Fight Bias Instead of Entrench It - By Tobias Baer - Behavioral Scientist

“For governments and business managers,” writes Tobias Baer, “expunging algorithmic bias becomes a circular problem. The only data they have to develop algorithms is shaped by the very bias they are fighting.”

The algorithms we implement could become tools to help tackle even deeper-seated societal biases, such as notorious racial and gender biases.

“Human-centered design can go a long way toward engaging behavioral insights with human agency more deeply,” write Micha...
09/17/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

“Human-centered design can go a long way toward engaging behavioral insights with human agency more deeply,” write Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman, “moving it further away from a mechanistic worldview, and opening up new frontiers.”

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

“We think a priority is for the behavioral insights approach to incorporate new thinking on more reflexive, more dynamic...
09/15/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

“We think a priority is for the behavioral insights approach to incorporate new thinking on more reflexive, more dynamic and nuanced forms of change. One promising way of doing so is to adapt principles from human centered design.” — Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

Algorithms are efficient, effective, and often less expensive than human decision-makers. But that can come with a cost—...
09/15/2020
How Algorithms Can Fight Bias Instead of Entrench It - By Tobias Baer - Behavioral Scientist

Algorithms are efficient, effective, and often less expensive than human decision-makers. But that can come with a cost—algorithms can perpetuate deep-seated societal biases, like racial and gender biases. Tobias Baer makes the case that it algorithms can help fight both kinds of bias.

The algorithms we implement could become tools to help tackle even deeper-seated societal biases, such as notorious racial and gender biases.

In their new book, Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman take stock of the last ten years of applied behavioral science...
09/15/2020
The Future of Behavioral Insights Demands Human-Centered Design - By Michael Hallsworth & Elspeth Kirkman - Behavioral Scientist

In their new book, Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman take stock of the last ten years of applied behavioral science and imagine where it could go. In this excerpt, they make the case for more human centered design in the behavioral insights approach.

The behavioral approach to design has often been top-down, but moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms.

The upside of algorithms is that they can help remove the cognitive biases that plague human decision-makers. The downsi...
09/15/2020
How Algorithms Can Fight Bias Instead of Entrench It - By Tobias Baer - Behavioral Scientist

The upside of algorithms is that they can help remove the cognitive biases that plague human decision-makers. The downside is that they can further entrench societal biases. Tobias Baer argues that doesn’t have to be the case. Algorithms can be agents of change against bias.

The algorithms we implement could become tools to help tackle even deeper-seated societal biases, such as notorious racial and gender biases.

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09/14/2020
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The Behavioral Scientist is a non-profit digital magazine. Our mission is to make the valuable insights gathered from behavioral science accessible and useful to society. We publish commentaries and conversations on current events, culture, and research. Each week, we send our email edition, featur...

From the archives: The Psychology of Search Engines — a graphic history examining how technology changes what we know an...
09/14/2020
The Psychology of Search Engines - Behavioral Scientist

From the archives: The Psychology of Search Engines — a graphic history examining how technology changes what we know and what we *think* we know.

By psychologist Danny Oppenheimer and artist Grady Klein https://buff.ly/2mV1tNI

Don't write it down, you'll forget! Don't use Google, you'll forget! Psychologist Danny Oppenheimer and artist Grady Klein present an illustrated story on the psychology of search engines.

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