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  • Covid-19 Spotlight Call for Papers

    BSPA Flash Spotlight: Behavioral Insights for COVID-19 and other Pandemics

    Deadline: Abstracts and manuscripts will be reviewed as they come in, but abstracts should be submitted no later than April 15. Accepted papers will be released as quickly as possible to facilitate real-time availability to decision makers.

    Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP) has received a great deal of interest in the past week from authors with potential articles applying behavioral science insights to addressing the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis. In response, we plan to publish a flash spotlight issue to make available scientifically grounded proposals for public and private sector policy makers, as well as short empirical papers that speak to the current crisis and pandemic response more generally. Research on COVID-19 directly, as well as papers that draw on related research and apply it to the current situation are welcome.

    We encourage the submission of short manuscripts (up to 2,000 words, but shorter papers are encouraged) for rapid processing and dissemination. Abstracts can be submitted for review and guidance, or full manuscripts will also be reviewed.

    We are interested in a wide range of topics that highlight how behavioral insights can help decision makers both navigate the challenging present crisis as well as chart a way forward. Examples of topics that may fit this Spotlight include, but are not limited to:

    ● Quarantine adherence
    ● Hand washing and other good hygiene habits
    ● Public messaging and communication strategies
    ● Organizational strategies for leading through crisis
    ● Rebuilding trust in institutions and/or health messengers
    ● Addressing specific challenges such as employee anxiety, availability of testing and protective equipment

    Guest Editors for this Spotlight Issue are: Gretchen Chapman (CMU), Thomas D’Aunno (NYU), Jason Doctor (USC), George Loewenstein (CMU), and Peter Ubel (Duke).

    Manuscripts will be processed using a streamlined peer review, professionally edited and rapidly disseminated online. Articles will eventually be compiled into a spotlight issue of Behavioral Science & Policy.

    Please submit an abstract (or full manuscript) of your proposed article to the Guest Editors to [email protected] All submissions will be reviewed as quickly as possible and promising abstracts will be invited to submit a full manuscript, which will also be handled as quickly as possible.

    Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP) is an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) in partnership with the Brookings Institution. Behavioral Science & Policy features short, accessible articles describing actionable advice for policy makers and practitioners that is firmly grounded in the empirical scientific study of individual, group, and organizational behavior. Submissions undergo review by both discipline-focused editors to assess scientific rigor and policy-focused editors to assess practicality. Articles recommended for publication receive feedback from professional writing editors to enhance their appeal to a broad audience of behavioral scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and educated lay readers. Published articles are available online, and are promoted via BSPA’s highly subscribed Weekly Roundup, the Behavioral Scientist (our partner blog), and through ad hoc media placements. Behavioral Scientist is also a source for links to editorials in major newspapers and behavioral insights concerning COVID-19.

  • 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.

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BSPA in the News

  • Covid-19 Spotlight Call for Papers

    BSPA Flash Spotlight: Behavioral Insights for COVID-19 and other Pandemics

    Deadline: Abstracts and manuscripts will be reviewed as they come in, but abstracts should be submitted no later than April 15. Accepted papers will be released as quickly as possible to facilitate real-time availability to decision makers.

    Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP) has received a great deal of interest in the past week from authors with potential articles applying behavioral science insights to addressing the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis. In response, we plan to publish a flash spotlight issue to make available scientifically grounded proposals for public and private sector policy makers, as well as short empirical papers that speak to the current crisis and pandemic response more generally. Research on COVID-19 directly, as well as papers that draw on related research and apply it to the current situation are welcome.

    We encourage the submission of short manuscripts (up to 2,000 words, but shorter papers are encouraged) for rapid processing and dissemination. Abstracts can be submitted for review and guidance, or full manuscripts will also be reviewed.

    We are interested in a wide range of topics that highlight how behavioral insights can help decision makers both navigate the challenging present crisis as well as chart a way forward. Examples of topics that may fit this Spotlight include, but are not limited to:

    ● Quarantine adherence
    ● Hand washing and other good hygiene habits
    ● Public messaging and communication strategies
    ● Organizational strategies for leading through crisis
    ● Rebuilding trust in institutions and/or health messengers
    ● Addressing specific challenges such as employee anxiety, availability of testing and protective equipment

    Guest Editors for this Spotlight Issue are: Gretchen Chapman (CMU), Thomas D’Aunno (NYU), Jason Doctor (USC), George Loewenstein (CMU), and Peter Ubel (Duke).

    Manuscripts will be processed using a streamlined peer review, professionally edited and rapidly disseminated online. Articles will eventually be compiled into a spotlight issue of Behavioral Science & Policy.

    Please submit an abstract (or full manuscript) of your proposed article to the Guest Editors to [email protected] All submissions will be reviewed as quickly as possible and promising abstracts will be invited to submit a full manuscript, which will also be handled as quickly as possible.

    Behavioral Science & Policy (BSP) is an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Behavioral Science & Policy Association (BSPA) in partnership with the Brookings Institution. Behavioral Science & Policy features short, accessible articles describing actionable advice for policy makers and practitioners that is firmly grounded in the empirical scientific study of individual, group, and organizational behavior. Submissions undergo review by both discipline-focused editors to assess scientific rigor and policy-focused editors to assess practicality. Articles recommended for publication receive feedback from professional writing editors to enhance their appeal to a broad audience of behavioral scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and educated lay readers. Published articles are available online, and are promoted via BSPA’s highly subscribed Weekly Roundup, the Behavioral Scientist (our partner blog), and through ad hoc media placements. Behavioral Scientist is also a source for links to editorials in major newspapers and behavioral insights concerning COVID-19.

  • 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.

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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:

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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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