Publications

One way that we straddle academia and the real world is through our publications, which show up in peer-reviewed journals as well as the popular press

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Research: People Use Less Energy When They Think Their Neighbors Care About the Environment
  • Jan 28 2019
  • Published in: Harvard Business Review
  • Keywords: Big Psychological Questions

Last November the U.S. government released a report detailing the devastating impact…

Julia O’Brien PRINCIPAL, BETTER LIVING AND HEALTH

How furloughed federal workers can rebuild their finances after the shutdown
  • Jan 22 2019
  • Published in: MarketWatch
  • Keywords: Improve Cash Flow Management, Common Cents Lab

Workers are always at greater risk of overspending after a pay day,…

Mariel Beasley PRINCIPAL, COMMON CENTS LAB

The Ethics of Paternalism
  • Dec 21 2018
  • Published in: Scientific American
  • Keywords: Health, Health Management, Medical decision-making

Imagine that you are a policy maker trying to reduce the consumption…

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How Do I Get Into Behavioral Economics?
  • Nov 29 2018
  • Published in: People Science
  • Keywords: Big Psychological Questions

There are 196 government teams across the world designed with the purpose…

Kristen Berman ALUMNUS

For Most People, Higher Yields Don’t Inspire More Saving — Here’s What Could Do the Trick
  • Nov 29 2018
  • Published in: Bankrate
  • Keywords: Increase Short-and Long-Term Savings, Common Cents Lab

Finally, we’re seeing a positive trend for savers: Interest rates are rising…

Mariel Beasley PRINCIPAL, COMMON CENTS LAB

How to Keep Automated Savings from Resulting in an Overdraft Fee
  • Nov 23 2018
  • Published in: Bankrate
  • Keywords: Improve Cash Flow Management, Money, Common Cents Lab

And in recent years, it’s been a proposition that all sorts of…

Andrea Dinneen ALUMNUS

Ingroup and Outgroup Favoritism in Implicit Attitudes
  • Nov 19 2018
  • Published in: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Keywords: Big Psychological Questions

Individuals hold two kinds of attitudes: explicit versus implicit. Explicit attitudes are…

Jordan Axt ALUMNUS

Knowing When Tech Does (and Doesn’t) Promote Positive Relationships
  • Nov 13 2018
  • Published in: Behavioral Scientist
  • Keywords: Health, Health Management, Technology

Everyone’s worried about smartphones. Headlines like “Have smartphones destroyed a generation?” and…

Jenna Clark SENIOR BEHAVIORAL RESEARCHER

What Voting and Flu Shots Have in Common
  • Nov 6 2018
  • Published in: Behavioral Scientist
  • Keywords: Health, Medical decision-making

Voting is a hallmark of representative democracies worldwide. It is among the…

Julia O’Brien PRINCIPAL, BETTER LIVING AND HEALTH

The Impact of Inconsistency: Uncovering the Hidden Cost of Variable Work Schedules
  • Oct 30 2018
  • Published in: NextBillion
  • Keywords: Common Cents Lab, Increase Earnings

For millions of Americans, financial health begins in the workplace. No amount…

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The end of the two-week pay cycle: How every day can be payday
  • Oct 29 2018
  • Published in: MarketWatch
  • Keywords: Improve Cash Flow Management, Common Cents Lab

Pay cycles today are based more on “historical momentum” than an intentional…

Emory Nelms SENIOR BEHAVIORAL RESEARCHER

Digital Health’s Secret Weapon: Behavioral Science
  • Oct 15 2018
  • Published in: HealthTech
  • Keywords: Health, Health Management

Tech has the potential to transform healthcare, and behavioral science can give…

Aline Holzwarth PRINCIPAL, CENTER FOR ADVANCED HINDSIGHT