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Forbes Article Cites 3 CHIBE Studies

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Three studies authored by CHIBE members were cited in a Forbes article about Bob Sears, MD, a physician who is facing an accusation from the Medical Board of California over his filing of vaccination exemptions for a pair of siblings with no medically recognized contraindications for any vaccines. View the three studies, with CHIBE authors Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, and Salini Mohanty, DrPH, MPH, here: Elimination of Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions in California and School-Entry Vaccine Status California’s Senate Bill 277: Local Health Jurisdictions’ Experiences With the Elimination of Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions Experiences With Medical Exemptions After a Change in Vaccine…

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Medium: Use Temptation Bundling to Create Better Habits

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“Temptation bundling” is a term coined by the behavior researcher Katherine Milkman and her colleagues in a 2014 study. Here’s how it works: Basically, you “bundle” a source of instant gratification (like checking Instagram or watching an addictive show) with a beneficial but less fun “should” activity (like running on the treadmill or working on a spreadsheet). In Milkman’s study, the researchers gave participants iPods with four audio-novels they wanted to listen to — but they could only access the iPod while working out. By and large, the participants’ gym attendance increased when an indulgence was tied to it.” Read more on…

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Freakonomics: How Goes the Behavior-Change Revolution?

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“An all-star team of behavioral scientists discovers that humans are stubborn (and lazy, and sometimes dumber than dogs). We also hear about binge drinking, humblebragging, and regrets. Recorded live in Philadelphia with guests including Richard Thaler, Angela Duckworth, Katy Milkman, and Tom Gilovich.” Read and listen on Freakonomics.

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Philadelphia Soda Tax Debate Drives Scholarly Dissemination Home Run

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Nothing serves the goal of academic research dissemination quite like publishing a relevant study into the eye of a national news storm. Penn Medicine Assistant Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Christina Roberto, PhD, is a great example of that. Since arriving at Penn from Harvard in 2015, Roberto, Director of Penn’s Psychology of Eating and Consumer Health (PEACH) Lab has been studying the use of behavioral economic strategies as well as municipal taxes to reduce consumer consumption of sugary drinks. Meanwhile, Philadelphia, which imposed a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on soda in 2017, has become the epicenter of a national controversy…

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Why We Can’t Stop Using Our Phones While Driving

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“I’m not proud of it, but I use my phone pretty often while driving. I toggle between podcasts, music and audiobooks. I surf social media, make phone calls, and even write emails. I know it’s a dangerous habit — so why do I still do it? To find out, I talked to Kit Delgado, an emergency physician and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s interested in what’s called behavioral economics — the factors that go into our flawed decision-making when we use our phones while driving.” Read more at WHYY

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WHYY The Pulse: Why We Can’t Stop Using Our Phones While Driving

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“I talked to Kit Delgado, an emergency physician and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s interested in what’s called behavioral economics — the factors that go into our flawed decision-making when we use our phones while driving. For instance, there’s present bias, meaning we give more weight to benefits in the present moment. “People tend to respond to immediate gratification, rather than delaying things to prevent crashes in the future,” said Delgado (who was not related to Danielle Delgado). Then there’s overconfidence bias. If you ask a room of 100 drivers how they compare to other drivers, 90 percent…

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