Julian is passionate about understanding human behavior by analyzing the data behind the decisions that individuals make. He is also interested in communicating social science insights to the public, particularly at the intersection of behavioral science, microeconomics, and data science. Before joining The Decision Lab, he was an economics editor at Graphite Publications, a Montreal-based publication for creative and analytical thought. He has written about various economic topics ranging from carbon pricing to the impact of political institutions on economic performance. Julian graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management.
How To Motivate Volunteers With Behavioral Science
Volunteering is often thought as the ultimate act of altruism. Yet there is some evidence that volunteering has many benefits for the mental and physical health of the person who is volunteering their time and energy. Learn more in this discussion between Jayden Rae and Julian Hazell.
Nudging Can Encourage Sustainable Food Choices
Supermarkets use smart techniques to steer our shopping behavior, which is why we might end up with a huge cart of groceries when we only intended to buy some milk. What if we could use those same techniques to nudge consumers into purchasing healthier and more sustainable food?
Combining Artificial Intelligence And Behavioral Science Can Bring Massive Benefits. We Just Need To Do So Responsibly
Due to its many uses, artificial intelligence (AI) has recently skyrocketed in popularity. However, problematic uses of AI can cause bad outcomes: If we program machines to optimize for results that conform to our normative views and goals, they might do just that.
Using Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Insights To Improve Decision Making
To further our interest in connecting cutting-edge research with real-world applications, we reached out to Michał Klincewicz, an assistant professor at Tilburg University in the Department of Cognitive Science, to learn more about his work on using video games to explore moral cognition and stimulate moral insight, as well as his use of machine learning to spot conspiratorial online videos.
Why The Sharing Economy May Not Be As Eco-Friendly And Sustainable As You Think
Is sharing eco-friendly? If fewer people need to buy physical goods in order to derive some specific use from them, fewer resources need to be consumed to create these products, or so it goes. We reached out to Laura Straeter and Jessica Exton, two behavioral scientists at ING, a Dutch bank, to learn more about their research on how the sharing economy may not be as sustainable as we think.
Fighting Fake News With Truth Pledges: How Behavioral Science Can Strengthen Democracies
Fake news is a pernicious and pervasive phenomenon that has damaged many democracies globally. The Decision Lab reached out to Dr. Gleb Tsipursky to learn more about his work on a study involving pro-truth pledges as a way to fight fake news.
Using Digital Health Support And Behavioral Science Principles To Help Treat Tuberculosis
The intersection of digital health solutions and behavioral science can have a significant impact on the adherence rate of treatment programs. The Decision Lab reached out to Dr. Erez Yoeli of MIT to learn more about his work on a project involving digital health tools for Tuberculosis (TB) patients and the future direction of similar areas of research in behavioral science.
TDL Perspectives: Becoming An Applied Behavioral Scientist
How does one break into the field of applied behavioral science? This perspective piece explains what applied behavioral scientists actually do on a daily basis among other discussion points related to entering the industry.