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?
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.
Graphic of layers - 1) what you share, 2) what your behavior tells them, 3) what the machine thinks about you
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.
How do the photos used by development organisations affect perceptions of international development? How do agencies ensure that images preserve their subjects’ dignity? Has social media created new opportunities for self-representation, or just reinforced the use of outdated visual clichés? These are some of the questions addressed during last week’s #DevPix Twitter chat hosted by the Overseas Development Institute. The topic sparked a lively conversation…
from Blog Council
Are there any corporations from whom you would refuse funding?
Collected posts on the theme of Gatesgate (as dubbed, I believe, by Allison Fine) - the recent revelations that some of the Gates Foundation's investments run counter to its philanthropic work
a collaborative initiative by marketing bloggers to set ethical and prosocial standards in marketing practice
A study find that just asking about behavior can lead to an increase in that behavior -- whether positive or negative.