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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…

B.E. For Dogs: Relativity Pt. 2

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. Relativity Pt.2:  This dog knows how to use “relativity” to get a human’s attention! Here’s the basic idea:…

Common Cents Lab Unveils Millennial Financial Regret Spending Report

New report seeks to measure whether spending can make you happy  San Francisco, CA and Durham, NC – Sept. 12, 2017 – Common Cents Lab, a financial research lab at Duke University supported by MetLife Foundation, today unveiled its first ever Millennial Regret Spending Report. “While it’s common to regret the last thing we ate,…

Stealing Books

By Maura Farver     The Boston Globe recently covered a story about how Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac books were routinely being stolen from Porter Square Books in Cambridge (September 6th, 2017 “Who is stealing all the Bukowski and Kerouac novels?”). The article discussed the store’s strategy to dissuade potential thieves, and the first…

B.E. For Dogs: Herding

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.   Herding: Ever notice how when one pup starts barking, nearby pups echo the call? Herding refers to acting…