“National narcissism” is rife, finds survey of 35 countries How important is your country, really? It’s a pointed question, especially with Brexit looming and the reinvigoration of nationalistic movements in the U.S. and EU. So it feels like a fitting … Continue reading National overconfidence
People are “consistently inconsistent” in how they reason about controversial scientific topics There are various issues on which there is a scientific consensus but great public controversy, such as anthropogenic climate change and the safety of vaccines. One previously popular … Continue reading Tailoring education
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