How The Government’s Nudge Unit Makes Tiny Changes To Foment A ‘Quiet Revolution’ In Policy David Halpern, a behavioural scientist who tries to figure out how government can work better, must feel like a pilgrim in an unholy land. After … Continue reading Is there a revolution in UK policy-making?
Smartphones: A Nudger’s Best or Worst Friend? It goes without saying that mobile technology and smartphones have transformed our lives. Tasks that, not so many years ago, mainly happened in person or on paper now take place in the palm … Continue reading How to minimize smartphone distractions
A Little Clarity on the ‘Ambiguity Effect’ and How to Keep it From Hurting Conversions Everybody likes a sure thing. Life is easier if you know what’s going to happen next or what you can expect in return for your … Continue reading Ambiguity Breeds Avoidance
A picture of eyes unconsciously discourages people from lying, study finds The presence of a pair of eyes may unconsciously discourage people from lying, even when those lies would benefit victims of a natural disaster, according to the findings of … Continue reading The watching eye effect
Freedom from Fries Like many of their millennial peers, Kathleen Davis and Andrea Nguyen eat out a lot. “Nothing fancy,’’ Davis told me one recent evening, as she took a sidewalk table next to mine at Sweetgreen in Nolita. “We … Continue reading Is fast-food still killing us?
Retail in Japan: a visitor’s impression I’m just back from Japan. One of the first things to hit me was how different the shops were. Being a sad case I took a few snaps to share with the team. Here’s … Continue reading Shopping in Japan
The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black Rufus Scales, 26 and black, was driving his younger brother Devin to his hair-cutting class in this genteel, leafy city when they heard the siren’s whoop and saw the blue light in the … Continue reading Does police have a racial bias?