Behavioral Science

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Behavioral Science Can Be Used to Win War with Fake News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently acknowledged his company’s responsibility in helping create the enormous amount of fake news that plagued the 2016 election – after earlier denials. Yet he offered no concrete details on what Facebook could do about it. Fortunately, there’s a way to fight fake news that already exists and has behavioral science on its side: the Pro-Truth Pledge project.

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Close Encounters with Behavioral Economics: Four Essential Reads for 2017

The year 2017 turned out to be the start for mainstream behavioral economics after a leading practitioner in the field won a Nobel prize for his work. Throughout 2017, The Conversation asked experts in economics, psychology and other areas to address the power of this burgeoning field, as well as its potential for misuse. Here are some articles for your consideration.

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‘Nudging’: What Works and Why (Not)?

A single nudge may be enough to cause a single action, but is a sing;e type of nudge sufficient to base a new policy on? Shouldn’t we know that before instituting that new policy?

5 years ago
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NSF-Funded Research in 2011

The National Science Foundation’s director, Subra Suresh, recently met with various scientific societies and universities to discuss the future of […]

9 years ago
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