Our study found encouraging people to do their own research comes with risks – including shifting too much responsibility onto the individual.
In Australia, a preference for a particular brand of COVID vaccine is likely to change, depending on the latest health advice, and media reports.
A smuggled pangolin rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia.
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Promote new habits, find out why people engage with the wildlife trade and don’t make it seem more widespread than it really is.
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to sunscreen in Australia. So how do you choose the right one?
Spray, pump or roll-on? Matte, fragrance-free, oil-free? No wonder we’re confused when it comes to buying sunscreen.
Were you subtly encouraged to make that menu choice?
A scholar who studies consumer decision-making explains just what it is in the human mind that makes people susceptible to nudges toward one behavior or another.
The Paraguayan Chaco, South America’s second largest forest, is rapidly disappearing as agriculture extends deeper into what was once forest. Here, isolated stands of trees remain amid the farms.
Joel E. Correia
The cleared land of Paraguay’s Chaco forest produces everyday products like charcoal and leather that are sold abroad to consumers who may never know the unsavory origins of their purchases.
Three decades of behavioural experiments show consumers given too many choices are more likely to make a bad or no choice.
Energy companies and other retailers bamboozle us with options to increase their profits. Here’s how the behavioural phenomenon of choice overload works.
Which would you prefer?
Skipping the hassle of flying – and the different headache of driving – gives self-driving cars a leg up when people are choosing how to travel.
Consumer reviews have changed many an industry.
Reviews are essentially short stories. The best use the same elements that make a novel gripping.
Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Why is there so much consumer interest in recreating Christmas dinners from the past?
We use reviews and online testimonials when downloading an app or shopping on eBay. So, why not when choosing a new dentist?
Many of the online testimonials you might read for dentists and other health professional can not only mislead, they can be illegal.
Basing purchasing decisions solely on online product reviews may be unwise.
Online ratings and reviews may seem like a good way to see what other consumers think of a product but they can be to simplistic and misleading, research shows.
Some people will find it harder than others to choose a new home care service provider to help with gardening or getting out and about.
Older Australians needing extra help at home with bathing or gardening can now choose who provides that service. So what do you need to know before choosing a new service for yourself or a family member?
When technology evolves, it affects not only your financial position but also your ability to exercise other choices.
We want products that last, it’s up to manufacturers to provide us with the information we need to buy them.
How electric cars are becoming popular – not just among environmentalists but old-school petrol heads too.
Choosing a mobile phone shouldn’t be this hard.
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Behavioural economics offers some solutions to the problem of too much choice, but will only work if consumers feel they can make their own decisions.
It’s personal: why shouldn’t consumers reclaim the rich data trail they create?
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The competition review could help shed light on whether Australian companies are willing to share the data they hold on us as consumers.
Rainforest cleared for oil palm plantations in Borneo.
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
Most people judge a task’s difficulty based on how easily they can understand the instructions. What if product information…