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How to Better Communicate Health Risks and Improve Health Outcomes: Self-Affirmation and Feeling Good

By Lindsay Juarez and Julia O’Brien St. Louis, MO (January 17, 2018) –  We’re running a three-part blog series about health risks and communication in health, walking through psychological pitfalls, and offering behavioral science solutions. In Part II, we’re discussing self-affirmation techniques. Part II ─ Self-Affirmation and Feeling Good “If we don’t intervene, then you’ll die.…

How to Better Communicate Health Risks and Improve Health Outcomes: Probabilities and Proportions

St. Louis, MO (January 10, 2018) – We’re running a three-part blog series about health risks and communication in health, walking through psychological pitfalls, and offering behavioral science solutions. In Part I, we’re starting with numbers. Part I ─ Probabilities and Proportions “If we don’t intervene, then you’ll die. If we do intervene, the risk of…

Navigating the DNA Roadmap: Genetic Testing and Health Behavior Change

Navigating the DNA Roadmap: Genetic Testing and Health Behavior Change originally appeared on the Envolve PeopleCare blog on December 14th, 2017.   St. Louis, MO – Today, a woman born in the United States has a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime – a staggering 252,710 women in 2017. Even for…

A New Year’s Resolution for You: Exercise for Pleasure and Enjoyment

By Zachary Zenko, Ph.D., PAPHS Many people try improving their health, wealth, and happiness around the New Year. Fewer than 10%, however, feel successful in achieving their resolutions. More than 25% of people do not maintain their resolutions for more than one week, according to the Statistic Brain. This post will help you avoid becoming…

How to Increase the Joy of Giving

By Ciara Lutz  Are you considering giving to a charity this holiday season? Before answering yes and getting your checkbook out, there is some research you should be aware of and tactics to consider!  Charitable giving is indeed a substantial industry in the United States. According to Giving USA, Americans contributed $390.05 billion to US-based…

Predicting Game: Global Health Part 2

By Ciara Lutz and Ting Jiang Last month, we asked you to guess whether a storytelling calendar led to greater savings on the M-Tiba platform* than a control calendar (see last month’s post here). We were impressed with your foresight: 75% of you guessed correctly! Of the 66 of you that responded correctly, we randomly selected…

B.E. For Dogs: Goal Gradient

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. Goal Gradient: Have you ever been in a race? Do you find yourself giving a little extra push as the…

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By Stephanie Tepper and Emory Nelms   Over the last few years, the Common Cents Lab has designed and run multiple experiments that infuse the best practices for VITA programs with insights from behavioral science. We are sharing the best of what we’ve learned about getting more people to use VITA and getting more VITA…

B.E. For Dogs: Lack of Self-Control

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. Lack of Self-Control: Why do people (and pups!) give in to temptation? Lack of self-control. It’s extremely difficult…