How Science Can Help Get Out the Vote

Despite informational interventions to increase voter turnout, only around 50% of the U.S. public voted in the last nine presidential elections. What is stopping the other half of voters from getting to the polls -- barriers to registering, getting to the polls, disengagement, or something else? This week in the Scientific American, Supriya Syal and Dan Ariely look to behavioral science to explain why past interventions have not worked and what could be more effective at mobilizing voters. Potential solutions include prompting voters to make a plan to get to the polls, citing research from the Behavioral Science & Policy by Rogers, Milkman, and John and Norton.

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Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure

In the New York Times, David Kirp argues that we should be giving college students the psychological tools for success. “Several recent research projects show that, with the right nudge, students can acquire ways of thinking that helps them thrive.”

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New Behavioral Public Policy journal announced

The new interdisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journal is edited by George Akerlof, Adam Oliver, and Cass Sunstein and will first publish in 2017. Submissions now open.

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How To Stop Over-Eating -- Lessons From Brain Science

“Our modern food environment surrounds us with calorie-dense foods, forcing us to deplete limited willpower trying to keep our cravings from turning into over-consumption. Fortunately, brain science hints at several ways to reduce this pattern of craving and consumption.”

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