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Perceived Gaps in Equity Affect Decisions More Than Absolute Gaps

The absolute difference between what someone else is getting compared to what you get matters less than how feel about any disparity, according to a review of ‘relative deprivation’ research in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.’

5 years ago

Restoring Self-Worth Encourages Healthy Behaviors

How can we convince people to heed warning labels and other public health campaigns? A paper in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences’ suggests we focus on self-affirmation.

6 years ago
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Seeing Others as Fully Human

Although ‘dehumanizing the other’ may seem like something for, umm, others to do, the action is common from fantasy football to Homo economicus finds a paper in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.’

6 years ago
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Social Rejection—Who Knew?

New research in ‘Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ finds that being left out and ignored causes more pain and emotional damage than any overt forms of abuse.

6 years ago
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To Better Social Policies, Listen to Beneficiaries

Who would have more valuable feedback than the people being assisted about how or why a program is meeting their genuine needs or not. Using ‘behavioral mapping,’ researchers can design better interventions based on real-life data and not the researchers’ own assumptions.

6 years ago
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Negotiating Deals and Settling Conflict Benefit Both Sides

There are no short cuts in high-stakes negotiations, researchers write the Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences, but by nurturing mutual respect and promoting benign, low-pressure environments the results can benefit all sides.

6 years ago
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Rethinking Our Responses to Terrorism

Understanding what drives terrorism offers a good first step in deterring or derailing it. In the latest article from our collaboration with the journal ‘Policy Insights from Brain and Behavioral Science,’ two psychologists examine what motivates terrorism — and how our response to it can succor the bad actors.

6 years ago