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Nudging all Over the World – The Final Report We have recently completed a global scoping study of the rising impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy design and execution. This report uncovers interesting geographical patterns in the global spread and application of nudge type policies. The full report can be downloaded here nudgedesignfinal
Heuristics – Half Baked! There is an ongoing debate (of kinds) concerning the pliability of heuristics (those conscious and unconscious behavioural shortcuts we routinely rely on to get through our daily lives, which include things such as future bias and social proofing). This debate (or in this particular case fairly amicable discussion) was evident in […]
As part of our ongoing ESRC research project, exploring the impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy, we have just completed a mindfulness based behaviour change intervention with 15 members of the Welsh civil service. The Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy course ran for 8 weeks and sought to combine Mindfulness […]
Psychological Resilience: Conference Reflections We recently held the second seminar in our seminar series on ‘Behaviour Change and Psychological Governance’. This seminar was held at the University of Birmingham and explored issues pertaining to psychological resilience. Below, Colin Lorne (University of Birmingham) provides a summary of the seminar. To find out more about the seminar […]
The Psychological State and the Experimental Subject In a previous post we considered the ways in which the psychological sciences are reshaping how policy makers understand human subjectivity. The classical view of the human ‘[…] as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, a dynamic centre of awareness, emotion, judgment and […]
Small steps towards big change. Mindfulness Based Behaviour Change in Policy and Engagement ““But I’m taking small steps ‘Cause I don’t know where I’m going I’m taking small steps And I don’t know what to say. Small steps, Trying to pull myself together And maybe I’ll discover A clue along the way!” ― Louis Sachar, Small […]
Homo Economicus: the (lost) prophet of modern times by Daniel Cohen. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014, 155 pp notes and index, £16.99 hardcover. ISBN 978-0-7456-8012-5. Across the social sciences the idealized figure of Homo Economicus is coming under increasing scrutiny. While for many the deliberative, self-interested and inherently entrepreneurial figure of Homo Economicus was only ever […]
Utrecht University is an utterly charming place. In amongst the cycling students and ultramodern architecture you can find sheep grazing on pastures scattered around the campus. The University is also home to something of interest within the behavioural sciences – the Self Regulation Lab. The Self Regulation Lab is part of the University’s Department of […]
I am currently in the Netherlands talking to a series of people about the emerging impacts of the behavioural sciences on Dutch public policy. This morning I learned that while behavioural economics and psychology are popular here it has taken time for their insights to be incorporated into policy development and design. In many ways […]
The full recording of the Sheffield Salon debate on the changing role of the state – ‘Nanny, Nudger or Therapist’ is now available at: http://www.sheffieldsalon.org.uk/2013/12/nanny-nudger-or-therapist-event-video/ This debate featured our very own Rhys Jones.