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Nudges: four reasons to doubt popular technique to shape people's behaviour

By Magda Osman, Head of Research and Analysis, Cambridge Judge Business School
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Throughout the pandemic, many governments have had to rely on people doing the right thing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus – ranging from social distancing to handwashing. Many enlisted the help of psychologists for advice on how to “nudge” the public to do what was deemed appropriate.

Nudges have been around since the 1940s and originally were referred to as behavioural engineering. They are a set of techniques developed by psychologists to promote “better” behaviour through “soft”The Conversation


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