The algorithms we implement could become tools to help tackle deep-seated societal biases, such as notorious racial and gender biases.
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The behavioral insights approach to design has often been top-down. A priority moving forward should be to incorporate more reflexive, dynamic, and nuanced forms of behavioral change. One promising way of doing so is to adapt principles from human centered design.
We asked three million people how self-driving cars should resolve moral dilemmas. Was that a good idea?
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There are plenty of policies and programs aimed at getting people to finish college, but little evidence that they work. Better understanding the barriers to re-enrollment and degree attainment can lead to more effective solutions.
As the world begins to open back up in fits and starts, we are, more than ever, longing for certainty. But certainty is likely a long way off. In the meantime, we should turn to practical wisdom to guide us.
We are experiencing too much of the wrong kind of light at the wrong part of the day, writes Ainissa Ramirez. Here’s how these lights affect our health and some ideas for what we can do about it.
Developing countries have faced hard challenges in confronting coronavirus. Lacking trust in government could help explain why.
You likely know that the study behind the vaccine-autism myth was discredited. What you might not know, however, are the ways the study was fraudulent from the start and how the scientific publishing process failed the public.
Statistical noise is nearly universally considered an impediment to sound decision-making. But what seems like noise to those shaping the rules may actually be critically important to those on the receiving end.
The Research Lead is a monthly digest connecting you to noteworthy academic and applied research from around the behavioral sciences. Here are our picks for August 2020.
In a new twist on an old study, researchers discover a common behavior in kids across cultures that might tell us something about how we can all cooperate better.