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.
TDL Perspectives: Addressing The Climate Crisis With Behavioral Science
Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. As it turns out, behavioral science insights can help explain why we struggle to take action against climate change and what some potential solutions might be.
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.
Why We Sometimes Favor Aggressive Political Leadership
When evaluating policy, several explanations may arise for our preferences for or against certain political decisions. Research shows our biases mixed with contextual factors may give favorable advantages where we least expect it.
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?
Your Favorite Sports League Isn’t As Competitive As You Might Think. Behavioral Science Can Help Explain Why.
As Russian oligarchs and Emirs buy up teams in many sports leagues worldwide, a schism is being wedged between teams. Competitive balance, considered a central requirement for the success of leagues, is weakening in many leagues as a result. Behavioral science and results from experiments can shed some light on why leagues may not wish to push for reforms.