Critical Eye: A response to “Are nudges sinister psychological tricks? Or are they useless? Actually they are neither”
Analyzing the claims made in a recent article on nudge theory published in The Conversation.
Are nudges sinister psychological tricks? Or are they useless? Actually they are neither
A group of researchers argues that current nudge controversies suggest widespread misunderstanding about nudges.
Is this finally the end of the road for nudge theory?
A recent meta-analysis was seen as heralding good news for the effectiveness of nudge theory. But did it really?
The high failure rate of behavioral nudges
Research finds that "nudge theory" behavioural interventions actually fail far more often than they succeed.
Humans learn from mistakes – so why do we hide our failures?
Australia's behavioural economics unit publishes rather than hides the results of its unsuccessful experiments.
Nudging helps when people understand why it’s being used
New research shows that people don’t just accept behavioural interventions without consideration, preferring to make informed decisions about their acceptability.
Nudge initiative creates confusion and undermines trust
An ACT Government behavioural insights trial demonstrates the validity of criticisms of nudge theory.
Does nudging always result in better decisions?
Recent research suggests that nudging may not be quite as influential as previously thought.
Simplistic solutions to complex problems turns behavioural science into a dangerous pseudoscience (part 3): Why it’s dangerous
Simplistic obesity messages have led to obese people being stigmatised which manifests as discrimination, social isolation, teasing, and bullying.
Simplistic solutions to complex problems turns behavioural science into a dangerous pseudoscience (part 1): Confirmation bias and complexity
High-profile Cornell University food researcher Brian Wansink has been found guilty of academic misconduct. How and why did this happen?