Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites
When a Nudge Backfires: Using Observation with Social and Economic Incentives to Promote Pro-Social Behavior
Sludge Audits by Cass R. Sunstein :: SSRN
Consumers, employees, students, and others are often subjected to “sludge”: excessive or unjustified frictions, such as paperwork burdens, that cost time or money; that may make life difficult to navigate; that may be frustrating, stigmatizing, or humiliating; and that might end up depriving people of access to important goods, opportunities, and services. Because of behavioral biases and cognitive scarcity, sludge can have much more harmful effects than private and public institutions anticipate. To protect consumers, investors, employees, and others, firms, universities, and government agencies should regularly conduct Sludge Audits to catalogue the costs of sludge, and to decide when and how to reduce it. Much of human life is unnecessarily sludgy. Sludge often has costs far in excess of benefits, and it can have hurt the most vulnerable members of society.
Nudging out support for a carbon tax | Nature Climate Change
However, nudges aimed at reducing carbon emissions could have a pernicious indirect effect if they offer the promise of a ‘quick fix’ and thereby undermine support for policies of greater impact.
Consumers Are Becoming Wise to Your Nudge - Behavioral Scientist
Amazon turned boring warehouse work into a game - The Washington Post
NUDGING AND CHOICE ARCHITECTURE: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS Cass R. Sunstein
Broadening the Nature of Behavioral Design - Behavioral Scientist
So what counts as the “right” kind of problem for behavioral science to solve? Put more bluntly: How might our sense about what we should solve, or even what qualifies as a problem worth solving, be biased by how we think about what we can solve?
The Behavioral Scientist’s Ethics Checklist - Behavioral Scientist
To ensure these partnerships are beneficial to all involved—companies, employees, customers, and researchers—behavioral scientists need a set of ethical standards for conducting research in companies. To address this need, we created The Behavioral Scientist’s Ethics Checklist. In the checklist, we outline six key principles and questions that behavioral scientists and companies should ask themselves before beginning their research. To illustrate how each principle operates in practice, we provide mini case studies highlighting the challenges other researchers and companies have faced.
Good for Some, Bad for Others: The Welfare Effects of Nudges | Behavioraleconomics.com | The BE Hub
Do people like government 'nudges'? Study says: Yes
Designing to Avoid "Ordinary Unethicality": A Q&A with Yuval Feldman - Behavioral Scientist
Government behavioural economics 'nudge unit' needs a shove in a new direction
In that study, gender and ethnicity information was removed from descriptions of potential job candidates. It was a study designed to interrupt unconscious biases against women and ethnic minorities. The results were surprising - blind recruitment made things worse for women and members of ethnic minorities. These results illustrate the limits of behavioural economics in action.
Follow-Up: The Reasons People Don't Return Their Shopping Carts - Scientific American Blog Network
Nudging by shaming, shaming by nudging - Nir Eyal
Making Healthy Choices Easier: Regulation versus Nudging | Annual Review of Public Health
Stop Raising Awareness Already | Stanford Social Innovation Review
BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR: GUIDELINES FOR AVOIDING MISUSE
Fighting a Hospital Superbug Reveals an Unexpected Benefit
Some Reflections on Design Culture Salon 18: Is Designing for Behaviour Change ‘Creepy’? | Design Culture Salon
The west's hidden propaganda machine | Eliane Glaser | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Zócalo Public Square :: We’re Going To Attack Your Donut Eating On All Fronts - Health Propaganda
Survey questions can influence behavior
A study find that just asking about behavior can lead to an increase in that behavior -- whether positive or negative.