The Behavioral Science and Policy Journal releases its inaugural issue, MTurk hikes up the price, and more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • The Behavioral Science and Policy Association released its first issue of the Behavioral Science and Policy Journal. Check out Volume 1 Issue 1. (Behavioral Science and Policy Association)
  • Amazon announced a substantial increase in price for their Mechanical Turk research platform, set to take effect July 22, 2015. The announcement has lead researchers to begin searching for other options. Rival service Prolific Academic is currently offering a 0% commission option, and Money Pantry lists other Mturk alternatives here. (The Chronicle of Higher Education).
  • Happiness is big business. How has the commodification of happiness and well-being changed the way we work and live? An interview with Will Davies, author of the recently released book The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold us Well-Being. (Mindhacks)
  • Barry Schwartz calls for less choice. But no choice? Meet the design firm pioneering “anticipatory design” with aims to eliminate every micro-decision you have to make each day. (Quartz)
  • It Pays to Be Nice.” The Atlantic features the research and culture of Yale’s Human Cooperation Laboratory lead by Psychologist David Rand. (The Atlantic)
  • Dan Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University is hoping to incubate several startup companies (for-profit and not-profit) that incorporate academic research into their business plan and are “interested in building digital solutions that address decision behavior in the health and finance fields.” The application deadline is July 1, 2015. (


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