Animal behaviour: Inside the cunning, caring and greedy minds of fish Redouan Bshary well remembers the moment he realized that fish were smarter than they are given credit for. It was 1998, and Bshary was a young behavioural ecologist with … Continue reading What animal behaviour can teach us on humans
Paying people to quit smoking It’s one of those things that I think we consider too rarely: paying patients to be healthier. After all, we have no problem penalizing them for being unhealthy (ie wellness programs). But the latter is … Continue reading Experiments on smoking cessation
Bangladesh’s Very Public Toilet Crisis People trapped in Dhaka’s notoriously gridlocked traffic have developed various coping strategies. Some take naps. Others work or catch up on social media. My mother likes to text me to complain about the traffic. “Still … Continue reading Of toilets, gender and nudge
Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine “We need a national debate on nicotine,” said Mitch Zeller. Zeller is the director of the Center for Tobacco Products, a division of the Food and Drug Administration created in 2009 when Congress passed legislation giving … Continue reading Managing nicotine addiction
Human Oxytocin Research Gets a Drubbing There’s a new paper out by Gareth Leng and Mike Ludwig1 that bears the coy title “Intranasal Oxytocin: Myths and Delusions” (get the full text here before it disappears behind a pay wall) that … Continue reading Is oxytocin a myth?
More Kirk than Spock Cab drivers have good days and bad days, depending on the weather or special events such as a convention. If they were rational, they would work hardest on the good days (to maximise their take) but … Continue reading How to incorporate behavioural insights at the macro level
Being a Go-Getter Is No Fun The phrase “shit hits the fan” has uncertain origins. Some claim it’s a descendant of a World War II adage “the garbage hit the fan.” As the Online Etymology Dictionary has it, it derives … Continue reading Is it stressful to be a competent worker?