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Penn Proposal Advances to Top 100 in MacArthur Foundation’s $100 Million Grant Competition

By | CHIBEblog

Team seeks to shut down HIV transmission in South Africa A proposal spearheaded by the University of Pennsylvania has been named in the Top 100 in the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change competition, which offers a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges. The collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Ezintsha unit of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and Discovery Vitality (part of South Africa’s largest private insurance company) seeks to implement interventions that will help to end South Africa’s HIV epidemic….

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CHIBE Q&A: Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS

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Jeffrey Rewley, PhD, MS, is an advanced fellow in health services research, working with the Nudge Unit at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical center. What projects are you working on now? I’m currently involved in two secondary analyses of the STEP UP trial completed by the Nudge Unit last September. The first examines how team diversity affects participants’ response to the gamification intervention. The second uses a natural experiment within the intervention to assess participants’ loss aversion in the face of gamification rewards. What research area…

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David Asch, Marissa Sharif Honored in Center for Advanced Hindsight’s Awards

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The Center for Advanced Hindsight created its first annual Hindsight Awards, which ranks the best of last year’s articles, podcasts, talks, newsletters, and more. Best TED Talk of 2019 was given to Dan Ariely’s “How to Change Your Behavior for the Better,” while CHIBE’s David Asch got 2nd place with his talk titled “Why It’s So Hard to Make Healthy Decisions.” The 3rd place was given to Charlotte Blank’s “Lead Like a Scientist: Experiments are Key to Unleashing Potential.” Another CHIBE-affiliated faculty member Marissa Sharif received 2nd place in the Best Academic Article category for her paper “Nudging persistence after…

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HBR: How Digital Design Drives User Behavior

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By Shlomo Benartzi and Saurabh Bhargava: “Decisions of all kinds are increasingly made on screens — and with that shift comes an often-ignored consequence: the design of the digital world can profoundly, and often unnoticeably, influence the quality of our decisions. A review of recent research provides clear evidence that many organizations are currently undervaluing the power of digital design and should invest more in behaviorally informed designs to help people make better choices. In many cases, even minor fixes can have a major impact, offering a return on investment that’s several times larger than the conventional use of financial…

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Tips For Resolving To Get More Sleep In 2020

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“Recently, Character Lab Research Network included questions about sleep in a survey of more than 20,000 high school students. Here’s what we found: The more hours students slept, the better rested they felt when they woke up. Students who slept more were more likely to feel “ready to learn” when they showed up for class. Not surprisingly, hours of sleep were also positively correlated with happiness and report-card grades.” Read more at the Philly Inquirer

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The LA Times: The American Dream May Help The Poorest Among Us Live Longer. Here’s Why

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“For Americans who live in communities where prospects for economic advancement are scant, life is not only bleak — it’s shorter too. New research has found that people who live in counties with more opportunities to improve their lot in life can expect to live longer than those who live in counties where it’s virtually impossible to get ahead.” Read more at Los Angeles Times

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CHIBE Members Appear in Behavioral Scientist’s “Imagining the Next Decade of Behavioral Science”

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As we enter the 2020s, Behavioral Scientist put together a collection of ideas about what the next decade of behavioral science will tackle. The online magazine called for “hopes, fears, predictions, open questions, and big ideas” and received more than 120 submissions. CHIBE Associate Directors Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, and Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, as well as George Loewenstein, PhD, a member of CHIBE’s leadership team, and Katy Milkman, PhD, a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, were featured in this collection titled “Imagining the Next Decade of Behavioral Science.” See their projects and ideas below. From Drs. Buttenheim and Thirumurthy: “South Africa has…

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