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.
How To Remain Vigilant In The Era Of COVID-19 Information Overload
In early March, the risk of COVID-19 infection was relatively low, yet the public was anxious and took large strides to follow pandemic related safety recommendations. Now, the risk of infection is higher than ever in certain countries, yet the willingness to adhere to safety recommendations has waned. Why?
Time Is Money: How Mental Accounting May Influence What We Spend Our Time On
If time is money, we might then be susceptible to the same cognitive biases encountered in the financial world when making decisions about time. Like money, time is a scarce resource that can be consumed, saved, and invested. This article explores how we can use mental accounting to reduce present bias, minimize procrastination, and improve our work-life balance.
Turning Empathy Into Innovative Solutions During COVID-19
Now that the world is at a standstill, we are in the perfect position to drive change. Feelings brought on by physical distancing measures, such as loneliness and isolation, have given us the opportunity to practice empathy. How can we use that empathy to actively improve the lives of those around us?
Communicating During The Coronavirus
The coronavirus has brought many changes to the ways in which we communicate: video chats have replaced coffee chats, and stuffy lecture halls have been swapped for group calls, to name a few. In this article, Preeti Kotamarthi uses behavioral science concepts to recommend some ways for organizations to communicate better during (and perhaps after) the pandemic.
Evidence-Based Strategies For Washing Your Hands
Beyond social distancing measures, health officials have recommended frequent hand washing to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But how can we effectively communicate these recommendations to those around us? As it turns out, behavioral science can offer evidence-based strategies to improve hand hygiene.
Living a Behavioural Analysis
COVID-19 has impacted how we behave in many different ways. By analyzing ourselves with a behavioral science framework, we can better understand the decisions that we are currently making during the pandemic in addition to the societal norms that may change once it passes.