Bringing Behavioral Science to “Edutainment” Edutainment is a huge field in international development; the U.S. Agency for International Development pumps millions of dollars into its programs each year. As its name suggests, edutainment uses entertaining programs to disseminate social messages, … Continue reading Tips for changing behavior
Why social exclusion is hard to change: A behavioral perspective There is a lot of discussion in the press lately about whether impediments to equality of opportunity remain after structural barriers have been removed. Political ideology often dominates these discussions. … Continue reading Socio-psychological barriers
3 ways that Class Pass uses behavioral science to help us work out more (or: how to manipulate people for good) Their pricing encourages usage. The economically best option for people who like to work out is to get a … Continue reading Tips for classes
Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. … Continue reading Are you that happy?
Fining parents ‘has no effect on school absence in Wales It shows the number of unauthorised family holidays actually increased after fixed penalty notices were introduced in 2013. The review recommends changing the current system. The Welsh Government, which commissioned … Continue reading Unauthorised holidays
Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of The Leisure Class In 2011, Thorstein Veblen was ranked seventh in a poll of economists on their favourite, dead, 20th century economist. He ranked behind Keynes, Friedman, Samuelson, Hayek, Schumpeter and Galbraith. His supporters were … Continue reading Conspicuous leisure
The public find articles about education more convincing when they contain extraneous neuroscience Brain science is mysterious and sexy and people are more inclined to believe claims that contain superfluous neuroscience references or neuro-imagery – an effect referred to as … Continue reading Beside the point