bspa this week (11.29.16)
National Institutes of Health releases Behavioral & Social Sciences strategic plan
The National Institutes of Health announced a new strategic direction for behavioral and social sciences research last week. The 2017-2021 Strategic Plan set outs three top scientific priorities and four foundational processes. The plan comes from the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research which directs social science research across the medical research agency’s 27 institutes and centers. Covered in Wired, the plan’s “goals are about making social science more useful” and “includes a nod to the problems raised by proponents of replication in the past two years.”
What companies get wrong about motivating their people
Jena McGregor at the Washington Post interviews Dan Ariely about cubicles, bonuses, and finding meaning at work.
Why do people make bad decisions? 'Information avoidance' can explain
Devex interviews George Loewenstein about his new research into how and why people avoid information even when it is free and useful, and how it could impact the development sector.
Behavior and Charitable Giving
Today is Giving Tuesday 2016, the altruistic cousin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. ideas42 released a review earlier this year on Behavior and Charitable Giving experimental evidence and theory. This wide body of research demonstrates that donors are highly responsive to specific features of “the ask”. This recent BIT blog also shared results on efforts to increase legacy giving.
In Other News...
New on the blog: Our CEO David Halpern on abolishing the Autumn Statement and making room for expertise in democracy https://t.co/9yIoXB8yEk
— Behavioural Insights (@B_I_Tweets) November 25, 2016
Does Decision-Making Matter? https://t.co/xFDpWFfeMN
— Francesca Gino (@francescagino) November 25, 2016
Psychologists say the 'IKEA effect' explains how to get your employees to work harder https://t.co/faw5ml8gL3 pic.twitter.com/nKFReJ2gSv
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) November 23, 2016
How a simple goal-setting exercise could unleash a flood of generosity for social impact: https://t.co/iqbfmSpZ0H #GivingTuesday
— ideas42 (@ideas42) November 29, 2016
Follow the poverty symposium chatter #blpa16 @BeSciPol @ideas42 @rotmanschool @CassSunstein @m_sendhil @anatolep @NinaMazar @MDRC_News https://t.co/I2yaHXMXJs
— Dilip Soman (@dilipsoman) November 23, 2016
#Habit change requires breaking old as well as making new https://t.co/fjwcCbIfpN #health #behavior @BeSciPol
— Kristin Aldred Cheek (@KristinACheek) November 27, 2016