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The Dark Side of Nudges

How can you get someone to change their behavior in a socially desirable way? One method employed by governments and policy experts worldwide is the use of behavioral interventions or “nudges”: if you can provide a useful piece of information (e.g., benefits of washing hands,... click to read more

  • Jonathan Hall | Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at University of Toronto
  • Joshua Madsen | Assistant Professor of Accounting at University of Minnesota
Views 645
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 30, 2022
Race And Gender Inequalities In Citations And Research Topics In US

Science is often perceived as a meritocratic landscape, where the “best” authors receive a larger share of citations, grants, and funding to continue their research lines, and subsequent prestige within the scientific community. However, this conceptualization ignores the fact that science is a social phenomenon,... click to read more

  • Diego Kozlowski | PhD student at University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; Berry College, Rome, Georgia, USA
  • Thema Monroe-White | Assistant Professor at University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; Berry College, Rome, Georgia, USA
Views 750
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 4, 2022
What’s on your mind? A sneak-peek of your wandering thoughts

If you get a glimpse into all the thoughts you’ve had today, it will likely reveal pockets of time when they were focused on your ongoing task (for example when you rush through an assignment to meet a deadline); when they aimlessly wandered from one... click to read more

  • Julia W. Y. Kam | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  • Caitlin Mills | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, United States
Views 2466
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 18, 2022
No need to stress when the dissertation deadline approaches

At most universities, students are supposed to write a dissertation at the end of their studies. Previous studies suggest that students perceive writing such dissertations as stressful. Such perceptions are dependent on a process called cognitive appraisal - the subjective reaction to what happens around... click to read more

  • Max Korbmacher | PhD Student at Faculty of Psychology, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Views 2195
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 18, 2022
Brain activity of conservatives and liberals diverge while watching the news

People with different political beliefs are often said to ‘see’ different realities. For example, in the United States, conservatives and liberals are sharply divided about the threat of COVID-19 and the extent to which the pandemic is under control. Why are there such stark differences... click to read more

  • Yuan Chang Leong | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Views 2131
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 5, 2022