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June142019

Conference Registration now open!

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!

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Call for Submissions & Ask the Editors!

Want to submit a paper to BSP but not sure whether you have the right angle? 

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Upcoming Spotlight Events

BSPA co-hosts a ‘spotlight workshop’ during which potential authors of manuscripts can present relevant work proposing applications of behavioral science within a specific theme or ‘spotlight’ of choice — ideally with a view to publication in our journal. A one-day event is held for a group of researchers, practitioners, and private-/public- sector experts to give feedback to those presenting their research findings, creating an opportunity for the participants to identify new opportunities to inform the research agenda in a particular space. Upcoming spotlights include: Safe Driving with the University of Kansas and Health Equity with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. If you have any interest in attending or presenting

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Suggested News and Media

  • 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.

  • Decision-Making as a Required Course in School?

    Behavioral science probably isn’t what comes to mind when you think of grade school curricula, but writer Steven Johnson is trying to change that. This week, Johnson makes the case for integrating decision-making courses into lower grades. Also, in the Behavioral Scientist, Tom Wein shows us how we can integrate behavioral science into “edutainment” to benefit people at different ages, from kids in school to adults making decisions for later in life.

  • 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.”

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Want to submit a paper to BSP but not sure whether you have the right angle? 

BSP has a new 'ask the editors' feature available for potential authors. Simply click below to send us an email, and we will respond within 72 hours.

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