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Behavioral Science

There's A Virtuoso At The White House And The Work She's Doing Is Fascinating

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact

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The Government Is Learning How To Change Your Behavior -- Supposedly For Your Own Good

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Technology

Not every effort to change how we make choices will go flat like the soda ban that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration tried to impose up...

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

The Hope of Science and the Science of Hope

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

Dire statistics and horrific stories litter our newscasts every day presenting the modern world as aimless, chaotic, and lost -- going backward in alm...

A Fist Fight at the New York Times?

Anthony Biglan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Anthony Biglan

Jonathon Chait seems to be trying to get a fist fight going at the New York Times. He claims in New York Magazine that a recent column by Paul Krugman was actually an attack on David Brooks.

Perhaps We Can Prevent Terrorism

Anthony Biglan | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science
Anthony Biglan

As we are pouring billions into the war on terror, we should be putting millions into studying how we can build positive social relations between members of our Muslim communities and those in non-Muslim communities.

Should Government Policies Rely More on Psychology?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Most policy matters are not as profound as the design of a national approach to organ donations, but governments are increasingly using behavioral science to better design policies and deliver services.

No French for Leadership?

Olivier Oullier | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Olivier Oullier

In these troubled times, where political leadership is shaken, a new class of French politicians should arise and seize the opportunity to improve the state of their country and its global positioning.

Preventing Jihadi Johns & Saving Future James Foleys: Research on Combatting Homegrown Terrorism & Radicalization

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

New research finds that potential terrorists cannot be identified using a single socio-economic profile. Similarly, at the individual level, homegrown terrorists are not driven by just one or even a prevalent set of motivations.

Irrational Markets Or Irrational Individuals? Designing 'Smart' Environments Improve Decision-Making and Make Markets More Efficient

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 10.14.2014 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

How can markets be made efficient when people aren't? Apparent market failures are often attributed to individuals making apparent 'irrational' decisions. However, I argue that markets can be made more efficient when creating environments for individuals that aid their decision-making.

How to Be More Creative Tomorrow

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 07.27.2014 | Good News
Caroline L. Arnold

So often what stops us from altering our behavior is the belief that transformation can only be achieved through drastic action. Yet studies conclude that it doesn't take a lot of walking to reap a lot of benefit -- a small move delivers a big change.

This Is Why You Stare At Your Phone On Your Commute -- And Why You Should Stop

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

While the subway's arrival may be ambiguous, one thing about your commute is certain: No one wants to talk to each other. In our contemporary culture,...

How Behavioral Science Can Make You a Mind Reader

Nicholas Epley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Nicholas Epley

We simply do not understand others' thoughts, beliefs, emotions or intentions nearly as well as we think we do, even for those we presumably know the most.

Master the New Science of Business Psychology in 5 Steps

Troy Campbell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Alright, so most likely you don't have time to hire your own private behavioral insights team. So, what can you do? Here's how to become an amateur behavioral scientist.

WATCH: Kissing Is WAY More Complicated Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science

Kissing feels good--no doubt about that. But why does it feel good, and what happens inside your body when you lock lips with a loved one? The ans...

Are Health Scientists Healthy?

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

Behavioral scientists don't just study irrationality; we live with it. Despite our own efforts to live rational lives and all the effort we spend designing environments that help people behave more rationally, we scientists find ourselves choosing irrationally.

Here's How Big Data Will Help Solve Problems in 2014

Beverly Macy | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Beverly Macy

Everywhere you look, the conversation around 'big data' is growing. From conferences, to B2B blog posts, to tech writers, to the board rooms of multi-national companies -- everyone is looking for ways to unlock the promise that comes with big data.

The Science Beneath the Untethered Soul: Defusion

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

The Untethered Soul is one of those backlist anomalies like Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now that just happen to hit a chord.

How Tourist Snapshots Help Scientists

Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel

A new study conducted at Imperial College London used a collection of tourist snapshots to identify migratory sharks in the Maldives using the fingerp...

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

The Value of Experiencing Through Someone Else's Eyes

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.

Do You Smell A Love Connection?

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

A pivotal stage in any relationship is the point where people grow accustomed to each other's smell. But what if you could just skip the awkward court...