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Using behavioral economics to change the world for the better.
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Irrational Labs Sep 13
It’s a hard day at the office when we’re doing a taste test with the caterer for
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Irrational Labs Sep 12
Can smiling really make you happier? The verdict's still out...
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Irrational Labs Sep 12
Through behavioral nudges via text, & were able to improve student persistence rates in STEM programs in four community colleges, especially among students of color.
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Irrational Labs Sep 11
After trying various behavioral motivators and rewards, found that competition among research participants worked the best in boosting daily steps in both the short & long term:
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Irrational Labs Sep 11
. leverages parents, "'the single greatest underutilized resource to helping children who are struggling,'" to help students elevate their reading levels—and achieves amazing results!
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Irrational Labs Sep 10
Confirmation bias is perhaps more present now than it's ever been; humans "cherry-pick the facts that support our point of view" and dismiss those on the outside.
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Irrational Labs Sep 9
RT : In an experiment on reducing ATM withdrawals, found most of the effect came from anchoring + adding a default
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Irrational Labs Sep 8
RT : . on the distinction between social media vs google search as a data source: on social media, the phrase “my husband is” is most likely to be followed by “the best,” or “my best friend.” On google? “A jerk.” 😆
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Irrational Labs Sep 6
RT : Friction generally decreases the likelihood that a user will complete a task, but can it be beneficial in some cases? ' & explore examples where results improved dramatically with more steps:
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Evelyn Gosnell Sep 6
“What I worry about is tech investing too much into finding effects and not building knowledge” - Curtiss Cobb, Director is Demography and Social Science at
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Eric Singler Sep 6
Great pitch by ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ at ⁩ : how to use default to help people to be successful at saving. ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
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Irrational Labs Sep 5
We’re at ! We have and from our team in attendance - come say hi!
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Irrational Labs Sep 4
Language, & its role in communicating climate change to the world: "The climate problem is not just scientific. It’s linguistic. If we can agree how to talk & write about an issue that affects us all, maybe we can understand & fix it together."
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Irrational Labs Sep 2
While implicit gender bias is present in the science community, "...educating scientists about gender biases may cause the biases to lose their swaying power"
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Irrational Labs Aug 29
Awards can help educators trigger better behavior amongst their students—but there are limitations.
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Irrational Labs Aug 28
From internal "nudge units" to an online Behavioral Evidence Hub, government agencies are warming up to and starting to apply it to their work—both internally to engage employees and externally to affect policy.
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Irrational Labs Aug 26
How the "liking gap" is giving you social anxiety and a reassuring reminder that the mind can play tricks!
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Irrational Labs Aug 22
. is partnering with Portland to apply to the city's transit system in order to get more residents to use public transit:
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Irrational Labs Aug 21
From WFH to WFA: as remote work increases, employers are asking if it's time to start letting their employees work from anywhere in the world—and what the effects on productivity might look like:
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