Efforts to encourage compliance with COVID-19 restrictions have often relied on shame, but rewarding good behavior may work better.
Why COVID-19 Messaging Should Focus on Policy Successes, Not Fear
Messaging about the COVID-19 pandemic has often relied on stoking fear to encourage social distancing. But how effective is this strategy?
Too Much of a Good Thing: Reciprocity and Corruption
Social norms structure our lives and usually lead to good behavior. But the norm of reciprocity can also fuel corruption.
Cognitive Biases Stop Us From Donating Effectively
One reason why charitable donations sometimes do not make progress on important social problems is because cognitive biases drive many of our donation decisions.
TDL Brief: What’s next for polling?
The shock of the 2016 US presidential election left many people wary of trusting pre-election polls. Four years later, pollsters promised that this time around, they'd accounted for their past mistakes—only for many of their predictions to fall flat once again, particularly at the state and district levels. What gives?