For many of us, quarantine and social distancing measures have brought the strange sense that our perception of time is "off." Hours seem to snail by, but weeks disappear in the blink of an eye. Jeremy Koloski explains why the passage of time is so distorted in the age of COVID-19.
Fighting Fire With Fire: Using Behavioral Science to Understand and Combat Digital Addiction
Technological addiction is worrisome, especially given the constraints on our lifestyles during the COVID pandemic, and the resulting dependence on digital communication that has ensued. To learn about how behavioral science might tackle this looming societal challenge, The Decision Lab reached out to Aditya Kumar Purohit, a behavioral scientist who studies digital nudges and marketing strategies.
Supporting Our Frontline Workers With Behavioral Science
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the health of frontline workers. By leveraging theories of behavior change, we can ensure that the people who support us have their own support system.
Fighting the Looming Antibiotic Crisis with Behavioral Science
The Decision Lab sits down with Dr. Patricia Cummings to discuss the power of behavioral science to address antibiotic overprescription.
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?
Game Theory Can Explain Why You Should Wear A Mask Regardless Of What You Believe
To an extent, the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a battle against the virus, but rather a failure to cooperate within society. Despite scientific evidence, many citizens are still not wearing masks for various reasons. Game theory suggests that wearing a mask results in society’s most efficient outcome, regardless of what one believes.
8 Steps For Encouraging Social Compliance During COVID-19 — How Behavioral Science Can Help Us When We Need It The Most
Getting the public to follow instructions is not easy. This is even more apparent during the COVID-19 crisis, be it at home, work, in towns, cities, and/or countries. We need an updated social instruction list for the COVID-19 era. Behavioral science can help us encourage the kind of behavior we need to persevere through the pandemic.
What Rock-Paper-Scissors Can Teach Us About Our Decision-Making
We are often faced with situations where we need to compete with others to attain a mutually-exclusive outcome. Our success in these scenarios often depends on our ability to make sound, rational decisions, but emotion and arousal can often compromise this. Rock-paper-scissors (RPS) can help us better understand the battle between rationality and emotion, thereby improving our everyday decision-making.
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.