The policyshop blog was launched in September of 2015 and we thought it would be great to kick off 2016 with a handful of our favorite posts so far. They include posts covering articles from the BSPA’s flagship journal, Behavioral Science and Policy (be on the lookout for the second issue, coming very soon!), leading research from journals in the field, news about developments in behavioral policy in the federal government. Finally, we started the whole thing off with an interview with the New York Times’ David Brooks. And don’t forget, while it’s not on the blog, here’s BSPA co-founder Craig Fox’s Op-Ed on the Partisan Nudge Bias.

to improve employee health, design workplaces that reduce stress


Given a plethora of research showing that healthy employees are productive employees, it has become increasingly important for businesses to help employees avoid burnout and ensure healthy habits. The question is: how?

what makes interventions last?


Why do some interventions result in persistent behavioral change, while others do not? The same things that make an intervention immediately effective are not necessarily the same ones that make it last.

how the science of human behavior is beginning to reshape the us government


Although social psychology has its roots in tackling real-world problems, in recent decades its engagement with public policy has waned and applied work has become less prestigious than basic science.

But the two types of research – rigorously controlled laboratory research and evaluating outcomes in the field – can be symbiotic. There are encouraging signs that social psychologists and other behavioral scientists are moving in that direction.

Paper or Plastic?


A tiny tax had an impressive impact on behavior, suggesting that a policy that focuses on consumers on the margin could still have a lot of bite.


the behavioral science approach to policy making: a conversation with david brooks

Brooks spoke to us about his affinity for social science and its use in policy, as well as how best to position behavioral science in a way that makes its appeal bipartisan.