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  • Choice Architecture 2.0: How People Interpret and Make Sense of Nudges

    In the third of week of The Behavioral Scientist’s Special Edition, Job Krijnen (UCLA) reviews what we’ve learned about choice architecture and suggests an updated framework for understanding this important facet of Nudge. Based on an article originally published in our journal, Behavioral Science & Policy, Krijnen’s article with David Tannenbaum and Craig Fox highlights the importance of considering the choicemaker’s motives and perspectives for designing effective interventions.

    Referring to a failed attempt to use an opt-out default nudge to improve Dutch organ donation, for example, “the proposed policy change may have been construed as an attempt at coercion—as a threat to the freedom of choice that people value so highly—which provoked many to rebuke that attempt by opting out as a way to signal their displeasure.” As we enter the second post-Nudge decade they suggest policymakers consider people’s interpretations of our nudging attempts.

  • Stanford’s CASBS is Looking for Fellows!

    Stanford’s Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) is offering a residential fellowship for scholars from a diverse range of disciplines. They are seeking fellows who will be influential with--and open to influence by--their colleagues in the diverse multidisciplinary cohort they will assemble for an academic year. Funding is offered from a broad range of interesting partners for various topics.

  • Twitter’s Proposed Solution to Digital Political Polarization

    In recent Congressional testimony, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reviewed a “health” initiative for users, including how Twitter could serve as a space to reconcile political opposition. Yet Sociologist Christopher Bail (Duke) cautions against policy action to support Dorsey’s efforts. Bail’s work shows that Twitter may actually lead to further polarization.

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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:
    https://behavioralpolicy.org/bspa-events/bspa-annual-conference-2018/

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Behavioral Science in Action

BSPA in action

Within Federal Government

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  • Ireland
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  • 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:

BSPA

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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