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Former Skeptics Can Be Your Best Spokespeople

Decision Science News | November 2, 2016

Social and behavioral scientists caution that you must be careful when you use the “convert communicator” tactic. If the converts bash their own group too much, they lose persuasive powers and credibility. They must hold on to some essence of their original group identity while revealing this specific decision is about not being able to align that identity with this particular candidate.

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Why Americans show the asymmetry in adopting energy conservation?

Decision Science News | November 2, 2016


Professor Elke Weber and co-authors Shahzeen Attari and David Krantz studied factors "affecting the adoption of personal energy conservation behaviors and endorsement of energy conservation goals proposed for others." Two internet surveys show asymmetrical responses between goals for self and others. One possible explanation for the asymmetry is

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How Trump and Clinton Could Still Draw Undecideds off the Sidelines

Decision Science News | October 26, 2016

 Eric Johnson is a member of a group known as the Consortium of Behavioral Scientists, an association of academics bringing insights from the field of behavioral science to the campaign trail.

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Elke Weber gives a keynote at the FUR Conference

Decision Science News | June 29, 2016

Elke Weber of CDS and CRED gave a keynote at the Foundations of Utility and Risk (FUR) Conference at the University of Warwick, UK."



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Elke Weber Speaks at German Academy

Decision Science News | December 7, 2015

Elke Weber of CDS and CRED spoke at the Germany Academy of Sciences Symposium (Leopoldina) entitled "Dealng with risk and uncertainty: a challenge for policy makers."



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The Mischievous Science of Richard Thaler

Decision Science News | June 14, 2015

Cass Sunstein reviews Richard Thaler's new book, The Mischievous Science. Thaler's book is an account of the struggle to bring the discipline of economics down to earth. He aims to change the way people think about the field, themselves and the world. Sunstein's review discusses much of the history of behavioral economics. He mentions that while scientists such as Elke Weber have made much progress on the subject of answering questions about heterogeneity in human behavior, there is still much to learn.

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Forging a Treaty in the Face of Climate Change

Decision Science News | June 8, 2015

Elke Weber recently spoke about climate change at the Penn Program on Regulation's Risk Regulation Series. Weber described climate change as the "perfect storm" action problem where intial costs are painful but long-term consequences are beneficial. She empahsizes that there is no one solution: we need action on all fronts. She promotes the collboration of diverse fields to combat and to further awareness of climate change. 

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15 ways to powerfully communicate climate change solutions

Decision Science News | May 5, 2015

The Guardian has a panel of experts share what they think are the best ways to promote positive action for climate change. Suggestions include connecting the dots, highlighting the economic benefits, and forgetting about the pictures of polar bears. CDS' own Elke Weber recommends that we don't forget that small efforts add up. We need to communicate solutions that are credible and effective that will cumulatively scale up in the long run. 


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Opinion: Earth Day, climate change and the god of small things.

Decision Science News | April 22, 2015

Ruth Greenspan Ball and Elke U. Weber, in honor of Earth Day, discuss how people need to think of climate change in both big and small ways. Fighting climate change goes beyond just global and national changes, it needs to be a part of our everyday lives. Researchers estimate that 40% of electric use and carbon emissions in the United States come from individual and household use. The ideas for small scale change are here, such as keycards that activate electricity in hotel rooms. The continued pursuit and activation of these ideas is key. 

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Loyola-Chicago conference finds a 'perfect storm' of mental barriers to climate action

Decision Science News | March 31, 2015

At the Second Annual Climate Change Conference at Loyola University Chicago, researchers discussed why it is so difficult to motivate people to undertake climate-friendly behavior changes. Elke Weber, Columbia Business School, discussed the psychological barriers we face when trying to be climate-friendly. These include that our decisions are often guided by emotion, rules and habits, and they often reflect a bias for the status quo.

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