Inform, incentivize, legislate: There’s a ladder of escalating approaches for changing citizens’ behavior — and nudges for every rung
By Bob Holmes
Beginning in its bleak borderlands, the country launched an official — and broadly influential — effort to improve food and lifestyle choices, using everything from cozy fireside chats and reality TV shows to laws and incentives.
Countermarketing succeeds by exposing the motives behind the advertising of unhealthy products. It worked for teen smoking — could it do the same for junk food?
How we want to be perceived influences how we act, and that presents persuasion opportunities. But the social factors involved are not easy to unravel.
Some people swear by it, but studies of mindfulness have a long way to go
In the US, where political parties have increasingly staked claims on one side of the issue or the other, beliefs may be more about belonging than facts
Ten years after an influential book proposed ways to work with — not against — the irrationalities of human decision-making, practitioners have refined and broadened this gentle tool of persuasion
Thinking of others enhances your well-being, while selfishness just adds to stress, studies show
In general, it promotes health. But it might not if your relationship is troubled or your partner is ill. Here's why, and what can be done.
A summary of “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy and Prevention Strategies” by W. Vallen Graham and coauthors, in the 2017 issue of the Annual Review of Medicine
Harnessing the power of sham therapies for real healing might require a new lexicon