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7 Pieces Highlighting the Potential Intersections of Machine Learning, AI, and Robotics with Behavioral Economics

The intersections of behavioral economics and increasingly popular fields and disciplines in technology, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, are still in their relative infancy. These seven articles, papers, and videos present interesting questions and findings that could act as launching points for potential interdisciplinary research. Be sure to check out the included…

B.E. For Dogs: Sunk Cost

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl. Sunk Cost:  Have you ever continued with a project you knew would fail, simply because you put a lot…

Give ‘Em The Slip: Using Friction for Savings

By: Maura Farver, Stephanie Tepper, and Matt Trower Millions of Americans operate primarily in a cash economy. These individuals not only carry greater risk in storing their money, but also miss out on the potential benefits of savings products. This is true of a high percentage of members at the Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU),…

Exercise Blog Series, Part 4: Exercise Fights Fibromyalgia Symptoms with You!

By: Michelle Zong and Zachary Zenko, PhD This is the fourth post in a series designed to review some of the many benefits of exercise in an accessible manner. Previous posts can be found here, here, and here. Some academic research will be reviewed, synthesized, and summarized so that people without a background in research methods and…

B.E. For Dogs: Overconfidence

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl. Overconfidence: Overconfidence refers to the tendency to believe that you are always right and above average. A rational person…

Common Cents Lab Opens Applications for 2018 Financial Services Cohort

Lab seeks partners to create behavioral interventions that improve financial decision-making for low- to moderate-income people in America San Francisco, CA and Durham, NC – Oct 6, 2017 – Common Cents Lab, a financial research lab at Duke University supported by MetLife Foundation, today announced that it is accepting applications for its 2018 behavioral design…

B.E. For Dogs: Decoy Effect!

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl.   Decoy Effect: Ivy the pup is having a tough time deciding between two really fun toys. One way to help…

Helping Families Save for College

By Stephanie Tepper and Joseph Sherlock This year, the Common Cents Lab at CAH is partnering with two Children’s Savings Account (CSA) programs in the U.S. With our first experiment finished and several more under way, read up on what we’ve found and how we think behavioral science can be used to help low-income families…

The Triangle Health Innovation Challenge 2017

By Rachael Meleney     The Triangle Health Innovation Challenge completed their 2017 event this past weekend at Duke University, organized by the Duke School of Medicine Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity Group, and the Carolina Health Entrepreneurship Initiative. Over the course of 48 hours, THInC mobilized teams around specific healthcare “pain points”, and challenged them…