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A prototype Amazon delivery drone. Amazon.com

Delivery drones: swooping down to prey on our self-control

Amazon.com and others are eager to fill the skies with drones delivering packages at all hours. Convenient, yes, but it could transform – and not in a good way – our ability to make informed choices.
Walt Disney used defaults to get children to eat healthier foods, but not all nudges have consumers’ interests at heart. Gary Kazanjian/AP Photo

‘Default’ choices have big impact, but how to make sure they’re used ethically?

Defaults are powerful tools that policymakers and marketers can use to nudge us to make certain choices, whether in our interest or in theirs. How do we ensure they're used responsibly?
In the wrong hands, ‘nudges’ can be used in nefarious ways. Marionette strings via www.shutterstock.com

Can Trump resist the power of behavioral science’s dark side?

Dozens of governments have been using the insights from the burgeoning field to 'nudge' citizens in ways that improve their well-being. But some worry Trump might use it for less altruistic ends.
Give a little? Wad of cash via www.shutterstock.com

Does being wealthy make you more charitable?

Research suggests the answer, surprisingly, may be no, but behavioral science offers a few ways to encourage the wealthy to open their wallets a little wider.
Game theory needs to evolve to make sense of the complexity of what drives us to cooperate. from www.shutterstock.com

New take on game theory offers clues on why we cooperate

Recent research suggests a new way to look at the famous prisoner's dilemma and how the results could help us better understand human behavior and encourage cooperation.

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