Management jobs are proliferating much faster than other roles. But behavioural research shows the extra box-ticking can leave employees feeling stressed, patronised and demotivated.
We are easy prey for drip pricing, the practice of incrementally disclosing unavoidable additional fees, squeezing our wallets and feeling unfair.
Behavioural economics is a discipline that seems blind to empathy. Robodebt showed what it could do.
Do competitive, market-like interactions encourage immoral behaviour? A study of 18,000 people in 45 experiments shows there’s no simple answer.
Instead of simply applauding nudges, journalists should critically assess when and why governments use this tool.
So far, we are not getting carried away about inflation.
Don’t fear emotions such as regret, anger or worry.
The sneaky strategy of reducing pack sizes shows the strength of consumers’ cognitive bias towards focusing on price, no matter what.
Big data analysis has unveiled startling links between seemingly unrelated things, such as how a person’s physical elevation above sea level might influence their personality.
The NSW government’s announcement of a $1,000 fine for failing to report a positive voluntary rapid antigen test will likely achieve the opposite of its intention.
A surge in stock markets towards year end goes against the idea of rational traders, yet it often happens.
The change point at which the happiness of most Australians no longer strongly depends on income has almost doubled from A$43,000 to A$74,000.
Would £184 million make you any happier?
Some thought Dan Ariely’s faked data study might be a blow to behavioural science, but actually its exposure shows how behavioural scientists are rooting out false research.
Protesters might make some noise, but not enough to stop vaccine passports becoming Australia’s preferred policy.
Too much of our discussion about vaccine hesitancy imagines the problem in rational terms. Perceptions about COVID-19 and vaccines are driven by emotion, not reason.
How to inject more reality into gamblers’ overestimation of their chances of winning? One simple tool is feedback.
The difference between conspiratorial thinking and believing the official narrative isn’t necessarily as big as you might you think.
Australia appears to have cracked the case on teen driver safety by restricting late-night passengers.
Bias is a psychological process detectable in individual judgements. Noise is a different phenomenon affecting human decisions.