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How to inject more reality into gamblers’ overestimation of their chances of winning? One simple tool is feedback.

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Psychology researchers advising the NSW government say a behavioural science model could prove the answer to increasing vaccination rates.

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‘Panic buying’ might be a normal human response to uncertainty, after all.

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With last summer’s bushfires largely out of the headlines, has the psychological distance people might feel towards climate change increased?

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Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.

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Mass strikes help target the psychological factors most important for acting on climate change, by emphasising social norms and reinforcing the effectiveness of collective action.

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To give the best chance for science to have an impact, we need to present our arguments to the public in the most convincing ways we have available. Applied psychology can help.

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"Nudging" is based on the idea we can push people gently towards doing what’s best for their health. But what is best? Carissa Bonner and Ben Newell discuss the options.

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Just like crossing the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, the path to good decision-making needs to be followed one careful step at a time, writes Ben Newell.

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A nudge is an attempt to make judgements and choices easier, but why do some nudges work and others fail, asks Ben Newell.

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