Why Behavioral Approaches to Fighting Poverty Are So Controversial Behavioral interventions geared at reducing poverty and inequality are inherently controversial. After all, if the problem is that Group A has a lot more money than Group B, why not give … Continue reading Poverty vs. inequality
How Restricting Food Stamp Choices Can Fight Obesity Often, when people discuss the obesity crisis in the United States, and another failed effort to help people change their eating habits, it’s as if there’s nothing we can do. But sometimes … Continue reading Are food restrictions really restrictive?
Americans Spend More on Restaurants Than Groceries, Because of Huge Social Changes There’s a good argument to be made that cooking — i.e., using fire to unlock the energy in raw foods — had a crucial role in turning naked … Continue reading How much do you cook?
HSBC’s new Nudge app was inspired by Post-It notes from a bank chief’s wife HSBC is developing a major new app called “Nudge” that aims to help people save money by keeping track of their everyday spending. The high-profile development … Continue reading How to improve spending habits
A Shocking Way (Really) to Break Bad Habits Every January for the past decade, Jessica Irish of Saline, Mich., has made the same New Year’s Resolution: to “cut out late night snacking and lose 30 pounds.” Like millions of Americans, … Continue reading Wearables for behavior modification
How Drugs and Alcohol Can Hijack Your Brain There is a road down which those with substance addiction travel. Its beginnings are influenced by circumstances and genetics; it becomes well trodden, habitual, initially reinforced by pleasurable effects and then by … Continue reading How to predict drug seeking
The tube at a standstill: why TfL stopped people walking up the escalators On 4 December last year, the London Underground ingested 4,821,000 passengers and spat them out at their destinations, and in doing so set a new record for … Continue reading The stand-on-the-left experiment