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The latest articles of interest for the Prosocial Design Network, curated from across the web.

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A Conversation with Daniel Kahneman About “Noise”

BY
Evan Nesterak
2021-05-24

The Behavioral Scientist

Ten years on from “Thinking Fast and Slow”, Kahneman is back with a new book, “Noise”, that will again have you questioning what you thought you knew about making decisions.

A magnifying glass looking at papers to suggest the idea of verification.

Unreliable social science research gets more attention than solid studies

BY
Cathleen O’Grady
2021-05-21

Science Magazine

Citation counts on Google Scholar were significantly higher for the papers that failed to replicate, they report today in Science Advances, with an average boost of 16 extra citations per year.

Two queer men lying in bed.

Online Dating Apps Are Actually Kind of a Disaster

BY
Nancy Jo Sales
2021-05-18

Wired

The multibillion-dollar industry—which has surged during the pandemic—puts many individuals at risk, and nothing’s being done about it.

Tucker Carlson presenting on a stage.

The Cause of America’s Post-Truth Predicament

BY
Andy Norman
2021-05-18

The Scientific American

People have been manipulated to think that beliefs needn’t change in response to evidence, making us more susceptible to conspiracy theories, science denial and extremism.

A GIF of iPhones disappearing.

Why Aren’t Text Message Interventions Designed to Boost College Success Working at Scale?

BY
Ben Castleman
2021-05-03

The Behavioral Scientist

Recent experimental studies show that these statewide and national text campaigns have not had the same impact on college enrollment or persistence as we estimated in the initial RCTs.

People standing in a row, one is silhouetted out to evoke the concept of individuality.

The Future of Nudging Will Be Personal

BY
Stuart Mills
2021-03-15

The Behavioral Scientist

Should nudging penalize people that differ from the average just because, on the whole, a policy would benefit the population?