bspa this week (1.17.17)
The New Yorker’s new profile dives into the work of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team as the Obama administration comes to a close, and Maya Shankar’s journey to delve deeper into big policy problems — like the Flint water crisis in Michigan — after racking up a series of quick, cost-effective successes in her first two years leading the team. Maya had a few people to thank on the policyshop blog.
A new report published by the United Nations demonstrates how behavioral approaches to UN programs bring fresh gains, from recycling in China to refugee care in Jordan. The UN’s new team is also led by Maya Shankar as well as her SBST colleague Lori Foster.
Two mainstays of behavioral science weigh in on U.S. headlines this week. In Slate, Robert Cialdini cites research on PSAs and norms to advise how facebook could combat fake news. On Fivethirtyeight, George Loewenstein points out that everyone underestimates the impact of conflicts of interest on their behavior, and disclosure has negative rebound effects.
The Nudge Unit Greece (NUG) brings professionals in economics and psychology together to improve Greece through nudge applications, with an aim to become Greece’s official national nudge unit. Their first stop: curbing trash in Athens.
In Other News...
— Susan Cain (@susancain) January 12, 2017
An overview of some common behavioral tendencies: confirmation bias, status quo bias, gambler's fallacy & morehttps://t.co/IVGnqUdHl2
— Lisa Kramer (@LisaKramer) January 15, 2017
— Pelle G. Hansen (@Peguha) January 14, 2017
— Dave Nussbaum (@davenuss79) January 10, 2017
How to Start a Career in Behavioral Design https://t.co/9aUQoYxwIA
— OBSERVER (@observer) January 12, 2017
— Michael Hallsworth (@mhallsworth) January 11, 2017