Maya-Bar-Hillel and Cass Sunstein explore problems of navigability: Humans do not know how to get to their preferred destination. Much work in behavioral economics (including that by 2017 Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler) can be seen as an exploration of the challenges that people face in navigating complex situations, and the imperfect strategies they develop to meet those challenges. The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, which plays annual host to the Nobel laureates and many of their guests, lives up to its name, but in illuminating ways, creates problems of navigability for those who stay there. This essay, written by two of Richard Thaler’s guests, explores some of those problems, with general observations about choice architecture, bathroom design, heterogeneity, and navigability. … More Baffling bathrooms: On navigability and choice architecture
Barbara Fasolo responds to Ellen Peters’ article “Educating good decisions”: In this digital age decision aids can be much more than just one-way “information technology”. Two-way “Decision technology” is now possible, and can help make good decisions when personal objectives are complex. … More How about tools for provoking decision capability?
Drawing on “Inoculation Theory” Baggio and Motterlini argue that cognitive vaccination by “exposure to weak persuasive messages” may be more effective than information campaigns to protect people from “fake news” and “alternative facts”. They suggest that such an approach might have potential in dealing with “anti-vaxx” propaganda … More Could we use “cognitive vaccination” against “Anti-vaxx”?