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10/16/2021
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"Illuminating how racism gets expressed against Asian Americans can give us greater insight into the complexities of how racism manifests in the United States in general, why it may sometimes be hard to see, and how to combat it."

10/15/2021
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“Burned out people can’t save the world” . . . We must shift our messaging around climate change to a more positive approach.

10/11/2021
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"Greater awareness of when and why discrimination occurs can help institutions understand where and how to intervene to change stereotypes and prevent discrimination."

10/11/2021
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From the archive this week: We don’t have any articles containing the phrase “pumpkin spice”—the fall flavor everyone loves to love or loves to hate. This is probably a good thing. Instead, take a read of Simon Shaw’s piece on the ways “consumers are becoming wise to your nudge.”

10/11/2021
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The way we talk about climate change burns and bums people out. Here’s what we should do instead.

10/11/2021
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Understanding the experience of Asian-Americans sheds light on a complicated dimension of racism in the U.S.—and how to address it.

10/05/2021
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"Many people can’t swallow the correct explanation even when it’s pointed out to them. This included Erdös, who, violating the soul of a mathematician, was convinced only when he saw the game repeatedly simulated." By Steven Pinker

The infamous problem even professors and mathematicians got wrong comes down to one unintuitive inference—in the Monty H...
10/04/2021

The infamous problem even professors and mathematicians got wrong comes down to one unintuitive inference—in the Monty Hall problem, Monthy Hall is God. Steven Pinker explains: https://buff.ly/3owklzK

The infamous problem even professors and mathematicians got wrong comes down to one unintuitive inference—in the Monty Hall problem, Monthy Hall is God. Steven Pinker explains: https://buff.ly/3owklzK

Behavioral Scientist Recap: August – September: Every couple of months we give you the chance to catch up on the article...
09/28/2021
Your Behavioral Scientist Recap: August – September

Behavioral Scientist Recap: August – September: Every couple of months we give you the chance to catch up on the articles you missed, return to the ones you saved for later, and revisit the ones that stuck with you the most. ]

Call for ideas: What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science: In tech? In policy? In health? In dev...
09/24/2021
Special Collection: Ethical Challenges in Behavioral Science

Call for ideas: What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science: In tech? In policy? In health? In development? In your work? Join a number of other leading behavioral scientists and designers by submitting your perspective. The deadline is today, but the form will stay open for submissions over the weekend.

What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science? Chris Nave, director of behavioral research services at Harvard Business School, and Chiara Varazzani, lead behavioral scientist at OECD, are putting together a special collection of perspectives, in collaboration with ABSA (Applied....

Call for ideas: What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science: In tech? In public policy? In health?...
09/22/2021
Special Collection: Ethical Challenges in Behavioral Science

Call for ideas: What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science: In tech? In public policy? In health? In development? Join a number of other leading behavioral scientists and designers by submitting your perspective. For more information and to submit your response, head here. The deadline is Friday, September 24th.

What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science? Chris Nave, director of behavioral research services at Harvard Business School, and Chiara Varazzani, lead behavioral scientist at OECD, are putting together a special collection of perspectives, in collaboration with ABSA (Applied....

The latest Research Lead is here: Humans—the Rationalizing Animal, Situational Selfishness, Assessing “Nudgeability”, L’...
09/21/2021
Research Lead: Humans—the Rationalizing Animal, Situational Selfishness, Assessing “Nudgeability”, L’eggo My Ego-Depletion, and More - Evan Nesterak - Behavioral Scientist

The latest Research Lead is here: Humans—the Rationalizing Animal, Situational Selfishness, Assessing “Nudgeability”, L’eggo My Ego-Depletion, and More

The Research Lead is a monthly digest connecting you to noteworthy academic and applied research from around the behavioral sciences. Here are our picks for September 2021.

Richard Thaler corrects the record on organ donation, reveals why he wished the original subtitle included the phrase “c...
09/21/2021
Five Takeaways from Our Conversation with Richard Thaler about the Past, Present, and Future of Nudge - Evan Nesterak - Behavioral Scientist

Richard Thaler corrects the record on organ donation, reveals why he wished the original subtitle included the phrase “choice architecture,” his thoughts on replication in behavioral economics, and what advice he’d give organizations looking to apply behavioral science.

Richard Thaler corrects the record on organ donation, reveals why he wished the original subtitle included the phrase “choice architecture,” his thoughts on replication in behavioral economics, and what advice he’d give organizations looking to apply behavioral science.

"Approaches like Cañon City’s take a lot of community buy-in, and it is no simple feat to make all the pieces come toget...
09/18/2021
Helping Students Avoid the “Engagement Cliff” through High School Redesign - By Abby Quirk - Behavioral Scientist

"Approaches like Cañon City’s take a lot of community buy-in, and it is no simple feat to make all the pieces come together at once, but with time and care we believe widespread adoption of these practices can help thwart the engagement cliff."

Proactively connecting students to opportunities that align with their interests could help students thrive at school and help build pathways to careers in the community.

New on imposter feelings: "Researchers have started to give more attention to how the situations and environments people...
09/18/2021
How Social Milieu Fosters the Impostor Phenomenon - By Melis Muradoglu & Andrei Cimpian - Behavioral Scientist

New on imposter feelings: "Researchers have started to give more attention to how the situations and environments people find themselves in might actually prompt impostor experiences."

Impostor feelings—that we are perpetually on the verge of being unmasked as not worthy—have traditionally been viewed as an individual affliction. New research locates it in a social milieu.

Abby Quirk examines how redesigning a school curriculum to proactively connect students to things they are interested in...
09/17/2021
Helping Students Avoid the “Engagement Cliff” through High School Redesign - By Abby Quirk - Behavioral Scientist

Abby Quirk examines how redesigning a school curriculum to proactively connect students to things they are interested in and value could help thwart the “engagement cliff”—the steep drop in interest in school students report between elementary and high school.

Proactively connecting students to opportunities that align with their interests could help students thrive at school and help build pathways to careers in the community.

From the archive this week: A lesson in our influence as individuals. Our conversation with economist Robert Frank on so...
09/16/2021
Putting Peer Pressure to Work: A Q&A with Robert Frank - Behavioral Scientist

From the archive this week: A lesson in our influence as individuals. Our conversation with economist Robert Frank on social contagion and the ways we can put peer pressure to work.

Economist Robert Frank used to believe that any individual action a person takes to reduce their carbon footprint would have a tiny, negligible impact on the planet. He’s changed his mind.

This week Vanessa Bohns details a duo of creative experiments that reveal the ways we estimate our effect on others. “We...
09/16/2021
No Need to Shout: Recognizing the Influence That’s Already Yours - By Vanessa Bohns - Behavioral Scientist

This week Vanessa Bohns details a duo of creative experiments that reveal the ways we estimate our effect on others. “We tend to believe that others are watching us less, listening to us less, and generally paying less attention to us than they actually are,” she explains.

There are plenty of books that give advice on how to gain influence you don’t have. In her new book, Dr. Vanessa Bohns teaches us how to be mindful about the influence that’s already ours.

The “engagement cliff” describes the drop off in interest in school many students experience as they reach high school. ...
09/16/2021
Helping Students Avoid the “Engagement Cliff” through High School Redesign - By Abby Quirk - Behavioral Scientist

The “engagement cliff” describes the drop off in interest in school many students experience as they reach high school. One school district in Colorado set out to redesign their curriculum to better address student interests and build connections to opportunities in the community.

Proactively connecting students to opportunities that align with their interests could help students thrive at school and help build pathways to careers in the community.

One slip away from being unmasked; hasn’t really earned their spot; concerns that one will inevitably be discovered and ...
09/15/2021
How Social Milieu Fosters the Impostor Phenomenon - By Melis Muradoglu & Andrei Cimpian - Behavioral Scientist

One slip away from being unmasked; hasn’t really earned their spot; concerns that one will inevitably be discovered and outed. Impostor feelings are widespread, and both individuals and fields pay the price.

Impostor feelings—that we are perpetually on the verge of being unmasked as not worthy—have traditionally been viewed as an individual affliction. New research locates it in a social milieu.

“Ad executives may need to pull out all the stops in order to grab people’s attention, but you don’t. You already have i...
09/15/2021
No Need to Shout: Recognizing the Influence That’s Already Yours - By Vanessa Bohns - Behavioral Scientist

“Ad executives may need to pull out all the stops in order to grab people’s attention, but you don’t. You already have it. You are a person, not an ad or a tweet, and people are wired to notice other people.”

There are plenty of books that give advice on how to gain influence you don’t have. In her new book, Dr. Vanessa Bohns teaches us how to be mindful about the influence that’s already ours.

We had a great time talking New Nudge with Richard Thaler yesterday. Thanks to everyone who attended! If you didn't get ...
09/15/2021
Book Event w/ Richard Thaler – Nudge: The Final Edition - Crowdcast

We had a great time talking New Nudge with Richard Thaler yesterday. Thanks to everyone who attended! If you didn't get to join, you can watch or listen to the recording here 👇. Maybe take a page out of Katy Milkman's book and temptation bundle it with a bit of exercise or that chore you've put off for the last two weeks.

Join us for a conversation with Nobel Prize-winning economist, Richard Thaler, about his newly updated version of Nudge.

Impostor feelings—that we are perpetually on the verge of being unmasked as not worthy—have traditionally been viewed as...
09/13/2021
How Social Milieu Fosters the Impostor Phenomenon - By Melis Muradoglu & Andrei Cimpian - Behavioral Scientist

Impostor feelings—that we are perpetually on the verge of being unmasked as not worthy—have traditionally been viewed as an individual affliction. New research locates it in a social milieu.

Impostor feelings—that we are perpetually on the verge of being unmasked as not worthy—have traditionally been viewed as an individual affliction. New research locates it in a social milieu.

Hey you procrastinators! You can still sign up for our conversation with Richard Thaler tomorrow about the newly revised...
09/13/2021
Book Event w/ Richard Thaler – Nudge: The Final Edition - Crowdcast

Hey you procrastinators! You can still sign up for our conversation with Richard Thaler tomorrow about the newly revised version of Nudge. Save your spot with the link below 👇

Join us for a conversation with Nobel Prize-winning economist, Richard Thaler, about his newly updated version of Nudge.

What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science? Chris Nave and Chiara Varazzani, in collaboration wit...
09/10/2021
Special Collection: Ethical Challenges in Behavioral Science

What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science? Chris Nave and Chiara Varazzani, in collaboration with ABSA, are putting together a Special Collection of perspectives and they're looking for your input. Learn more here:

What are the ethical challenges facing applied behavioral science? Chris Nave, director of behavioral research services at Harvard Business School, and Chiara Varazzani, lead behavioral scientist at OECD, are putting together a special collection of perspectives, in collaboration with ABSA (Applied....

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