Do people like government ‘nudges’? Study says: Yes On Oct. 9, Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize for his extraordinary, world-transforming work in behavioral economics. In its press release, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences … Continue reading A world of nudges
Can we trust government to correct our cognitive biases? Economist Richard Thaler recently won the 2017 Nobel Prize in economics for his important work documenting widespread cognitive errors in human decision-making. All too often, people fail to act as rationally … Continue reading Are politicians biased?
7 psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics These are strange, unsettling times. And for the past several months, I’ve been asking psychologists variations on a basic question: What research can best help us reckon with uncomfortable social … Continue reading A primer for politicians
Can Behavioral Science Help in Flint? A week after Donald Trump’s election, a thirty-year-old cognitive scientist named Maya Shankar purchased a plane ticket to Flint, Michigan. Shankar held one of the more unorthodox jobs in the Obama White House, running … Continue reading Nudge for good
White House releases report on applying behavioral science to government policy The White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), a subgroup of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that has been working to make government more effective, recently … Continue reading Obama’s behavioral policies
What Obama has meant for food The Season 8 première of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” begins just like all of the show’s episodes do: with its amiably gruff host taking in the splendors of some lesser-travelled corner of the globe. … Continue reading Obama and Bourdain on food
Nudging Works. Now, Do More With It Last Wednesday was a historic day for behavioral science. The White House released the annual report of its Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. The U.K.’s Behavioural Insights Team released its own annual report … Continue reading Policies for complying with the law