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Psychology Today: Are Simple Behavioral Interventions Cost Effective?

Psychology Today: “These analyses suggest that simple behavioral interventions should remain a part of the way governments and organizations try to affect people’s behavior. They often involve simple interventions that give a lot of bang for the buck. That said, it is also worth doing some testing of the effectiveness of these interventions. At times they can lead to unintended consequences.”

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TMSIDK: Behavior Change

http://chibe.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TMSIDK_S03E24_PHILLY1_v08_FIX_PUB-44k-1.mp3 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (TMSIDK) is live journalism wrapped in a game-show package and hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books and host of Freakonomics Radio. In this episode, CHIBE’s Kevin Volpp, Katherine Milkman, and Angela Duckworth are all featured discussing how to make behavior change stick. The episode can also be listened to at Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.

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Harvard Business School: Why Government ‘Nudges’ Motivate Good Citizen Behavior

Most governments aren’t subtle when they want citizens to do something. The United States spends close to $1 billion annually on advertising–trying to convince citizens to do everything from taking flu prevention shots to reporting unattended suitcases at the airport. But now agencies are finding that subtle “nudges” can motivate behavior much better than ads, fines, or deadlines. Nudges, or small changes to the context in which decisions are made, are the subject of a new analysis by Harvard Business School Associate Professor John Beshears and colleagues, recently published in the journal Psychological Science. The paper, Should Governments Invest More in Nudges? answers its…

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Change Behaviors For Good With Katherine Milkman

Jean Chatsky, interviewer of HerMoney, speaks with Katherine Milkman, PhD,  to explain why changing our behaviors can be so difficult, and — best of all — how to finally make the changes we want for good. In Mailbag, we answer your questions on how to prioritize savings with credit card debt, what to do with old 403(b) accounts and how to handle those sometimes-pricey hobbies for kids. You can listen to the podcast here at PRX.

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NBC Today: The 1 mistake we all make when it comes to serious decisions

On the TODAY show’s One Small Thing, Katherine Milkman, an associate professor at the Wharton School, informs Al Roker and company about the “focusing illusion.”  This tricky phenomenon is when people become too focused on small details and don’t give much thought to some other aspects or factors in a decision.  

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Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others?

The biggest problem with humanity is humans themselves. Too often, we make choices — what we eat, how we spend our money and time — that undermine our well-being. An all-star team of academic researchers thinks it has the solution: perfecting the science of behavior change. Will it work? Now, there’s been plenty of progress in the science of behavior change. As listeners of this program know well. So, together, Milkman and Duckworth began to dream up a project. A huge project. It would seek to experiment with, and understand, and codify, and eventually distribute, to all of humanity, the…

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CHIBE Behavioral Economics Symposium Closes Seven-Year Research Program

The University of Pennsylvania LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics’ 2016 Behavioral Economics and Health Symposium was both a spotlight on the latest research work as well as the conclusion of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Donaghue Foundation funded program that began seven years ago. CHIBE played a lead role in the initiative whose goal was to explore the ways behavioral economics principles might be applied to health-related behaviors. Read more at LDI eMagazine.

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Using Science to Make Good Health Choices

Source: NPR. July 7, 2016 NPR health news featured research that can raise the odds of making positive behavior changes. Kevin Volpp discusses the use of commitment contracts and Katherine Milkman’s “temptation bundling” concept was also mentioned.

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Using “Temptation Bundling” to Build Better Habits

Source: Philly.com, September 28, 2014 A Philly.com article refers to Katherine Milkman’s research on temptation bundling in an article about building better habits. Her research showed that students who were only permitted to listen to a selected “sticky” novel at the gym exercised more than the control group and the group that was allowed to listen to their selected novel when they exercised at home as well. Milkman describes this as harnessing a bad habit and using its motivational power for good.

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How the Fresh-Start Effect Creates a Clean Slate

Source: strategy+business, September 16, 2014 Strategy+business recently conducted a video interview with Wharton Professor Katherine Milkman about motivating people to achieve their goals. The key to achieving our goals throughout the year, shes says, is leveraging fresh starts–moments when we wipe the slate clean and are motivated to work harder.

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