In the News

  • RCTs, Workplace Wellness, and Drug Overprescription

    This week in health and behavioral science, Aaron Caroll defends the randomized controlled trial in the The Upshot by NYT, specifically using examples of workplace wellness studies.

    Also this week, The GSA’s Office of Evaluation Sciences shares promising results from two randomized studies that tested peer comparison letters to reduce overprescribing of drugs. Meanwhile in Aeon, a medical resident poses the question: will medicine ever recover from the perverse economics of drugs?

  • Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy

    David Gal (UI-Chicago) argues that loss aversion is not a bigger motivator than achieving gains in the Scientific American. Beyond the fact that “price increases do not impact consumer behavior more than price decreases,” for example, we must “critically assess accepted beliefs and to be wary of institutional consensus in science and otherwise.”

  • Looking Back to Look Forward

    As the beginning of the academic semesters grow near, reflect back on the year with our partner platform the Behavioral Scientist on their most popular stories as well as the editorial board’s summer reading list. Also for our readers in education, consider rethinking the movement toward screen-based learning.

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BSPA in the News

  • Save the date for 2019 BSPA conference – June 14

    The BSPA team is thrilled to announce that Professor Elke Weber will be leading our efforts as the Conference Chair for our 5th annual conference on June 14th, 2019

    The speaker, venue and registration information will be up soon – save the date!

  • New Issue of BSP – Spotlight on Policies to Promote Ethical Behavior

    The 6th issue of Behavioral Science & Policy presents a new perspective on choice architecture, provides original empirical research on savings and on managing technology risks, and spotlights three reviews on how behavioral insights can guide interventions meant to promote ethical behavior.

    In the first article in this issue, Job M. T. Krijnen, David Tannenbaum, and Craig R. Fox argue that policymakers would probably have more success if the traditional notion of choice architecture were updated to account for the relationship between decision-makers and the choice architect.

    Next up are two empirical reports. Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Cynthia Cryder, Mathieu R. Despard, Dana C. Perantie, Jane E. Oliphant, and Dan Ariely report on a large-scale field experiment administered to low and moderate-income taxpayers completing their tax returns using TurboTax software. Markus Schöbel, Ralph Hertwig, and Jörg Rieskamp address whether safety risks increase in nuclear plants that are slated to close.

    Finally, the financial crisis and several high-profile corporate scandals over the past 10 years or so have led to a crisis of confidence in business ethics. Meanwhile, the behavioral scientific study of ethics, honesty, and morality has made significant advances. This issue closes with three articles that emerged from a 2016 workshop—How to Use Nudges, Norms and Laws to Improve Business Ethics—co-hosted by the Behavioral Science & Policy Association and Ethical Systems.

  • 2018 BSPA Publication Award for Innovation in Behavioral Policy

    The Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) invites nominations for its first annual award for innovation in Behavioral Policy. BSPA’s Behavioral Policy award recognizes research that advances rigorous application and development of behavioral/social science to policy and practice in public, private and non-profit sectors. Its goal is to encourage work that has potential to improve the quality of life of individuals and/or organization. We will consider all research published, in journals or as books, in the years 2015-2017. The date must be the in-print date rather than the on-line date. You may send nomination via an email to the following address: [email protected]

    Please write BSPA Prize Nomination' in the subject line. Note that you are allowed to nominate your own work.

    The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 2, 2018.

    Winner(s) will be announced at BSPA’s annual conference, May 18, 2018 in Washington D.C. For more information on the annual conference see:

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Behavioral Science in Action

BSPA in action

Within Federal Government

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island
  • United States of America

Research & Think Tanks

Online Databases

Please see below for the current databases that summarize behavioral science findings.

  • The European Nudging Network

  • The Behavioral Evidence Hub


Please see below for the current platforms that are based on behavioral science findings:

  • A platform designed to help ​​organizations find the best candidates based on their talents

Don’t see your database or platform? Let us know at [email protected] and we will add it to our list!

Reports Corner

Looking for research to help your organization learn more about behavioral science? Find BSPA’s round-up of the most comprehensive reports highlighting rigorous research below:


BSP is an international peer-reviewed journal featuring short, accessible articles describing actionable policy applications of behavioral scientific research that serves the public interest. Edited by foremost disciplinary scholars for scientific rigor, and leading policy analysts for relevance and feasibility of implementation, manuscripts that pass this dual-review are professionally edited to ensure accessibility to a broad audience including policy makers, executives, behavioral scientists, and educated lay readers. BSP is an interdisciplinary joint publication of BSPA and the Brookings Institution.

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