Insights

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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.

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Family asks for help

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.

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Kerry and Zarif meet on Iran's nuclear program

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.

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Mumbai terrorists

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.

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Ice bucket challenge

Hope for the Common Good

Recent research suggests that the so-called Golden Rule of ‘doing unto others …’ may have resonance in enhancing the public good.

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