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How to Create Lasting Change 

How interventions are designed matter as much as what they do. In that vein, Harvard researchers Erin Frey and Todd Rogers have identified four pathways through which behavior change interventions can achieve long-term impact.

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Looking at Affirmative Action in a New Light

Stereotype threat occurs when an individual is afraid of confirming a negative stereotype about a group to which he or she belongs and, in a cruel irony, performs worse because of it. Research shows the phenomenon is real and can sabotage affirmative action.

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Perceived Gaps in Equity Affect Decisions More Than Absolute Gaps

The absolute difference between what someone else is getting compared to what you get matters less than how feel about any disparity, according to a review of ‘relative deprivation’ research in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.’

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Restoring Self-Worth Encourages Healthy Behaviors

How can we convince people to heed warning labels and other public health campaigns? A paper in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences’ suggests we focus on self-affirmation.

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Seeing Others as Fully Human

Although ‘dehumanizing the other’ may seem like something for, umm, others to do, the action is common from fantasy football to Homo economicus finds a paper in the journal ‘Policy Insights from the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.’

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Social Rejection—Who Knew?

New research in ‘Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ finds that being left out and ignored causes more pain and emotional damage than any overt forms of abuse.

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To Better Social Policies, Listen to Beneficiaries

Who would have more valuable feedback than the people being assisted about how or why a program is meeting their genuine needs or not. Using ‘behavioral mapping,’ researchers can design better interventions based on real-life data and not the researchers’ own assumptions.

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