Source: Penn LDI eMagazine, November 2, 2016
On October 27 and 28, 2016, CHIBE held its ninth and largest-ever retreat of scientists collaborating through its ongoing NIH P30 Center of Excellence Roybal research program. The Penn-CMU Roybal Center is a partnership between the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the Leonard Davis Institute and CMU's Center for Behavioral and Decision Research (CBDR). Also attending were affiliated scientists from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Duke, NYU, Fordham, Rutgers and Case Western.
Every two weeks or so, a group of Penn Medical students, including CHIBE Trainee Kenji Taylor, who is mentored by CHIBE faculty member and Roybal Investigator Alison Buttenheim, head out to barbershops frequented by African American men to perform simple, but potentially life-saving, health screenings.
Source: Forbes, December 19, 2011
Judd Kessler was selected by Forbes as one of 30 under 30-year-olds who are making their mark in the world of law and policy. Forbes chose Dr. Kessler for his work as an economist who studies how to get people to donate organs and give money to charity, work cited by Freakonomics in August, 2011.
Investigators from the Roybal Center gathered to discuss behavioral economics and health among aging populations. Featured guest Heather Schofield, from of the Harvard School of Pubic Health, talked about online games and promoting mental acuity. Roybal investigators Jeffery Kullgren, Jason Karlawish, and others presented their research and Kevin Volpp announced an upcoming innovation tournament.
In a blog post about research demonstrating that labeled chocolate-scented lotions triggered increased cookie consumption among study participants, while unlabeled lotion did not, Jonah Berger commented that labeling might have helped participants identify the scent as chocolate, which cued them to consume more cookies.
Dr. Shea, who leads research process evaluation activities for CHIBE, received the 2011 SGIM Career Achievement in Medical Education Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine and this year's John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for her work in advancing medical education and methodology of evaluation in medicine
Source: Knowledge@Wharton, April 4, 2011
Katherine Milkman and Kevin Volpp have slightly different perspectives on whether an Arizona proposal to penalize Medicaid recipients who are obese or smoke with a $50 fine is fair or potentially effective, but both agree that something like it could be enacted.
Carey Morewedge, Co-investigator at the Penn-CMU Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics at CHIBE, recently published an article in Science demonstrating that research participants who imagined eating large quantities of particular foods (cheese and M&Ms) ate less of the food than other research participants who did not engage in the imaginary consumption exercise. Morewedge attributes the effect to habituation -- the human capacity to adjust to particular stimuli, be it bright lights, smells or the food we are eating -- though more research is needed to understand the effect before it is adopted as a dieting strategy
According to George Loewenstein, Julie Downs and graduate student Jessica Wisdom at Carnegie Mellon University, part of the problem is that it is much easier to overeat than to eat well. Changes need to occur to make eating well easier and cheaper. When eating healthy is easier and eating unhealthy is harder, then people will choose the healthier foods.