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Defaults: the role of the status quo in healthcare solutions

Defaults are simple, affordable, and cost-efficient solutions which can be introduced in order to elicit the desired behaviour by individuals. They are one of the most intuitive mechanisms implemented in choice architecture, and their use can be applied to a range of different choice-making settings, as they simply leverage on the assumption that individuals are disproportionately more likely to stick to the option presented to them rather than actively switching to an alternative. The […]

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The power of language

What’s in a language? Does our native language have an impact on our identity, on the way we act?  Well, turns out that it does. Every language has its own peculiar set of rules and constructions that allow its speakers to convey information in a way that is meaningful and logical to the other speakers. All those rules, declinations, verbs do not only provide […]

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How nudging could help us reduce food related pollution

A recent study(1) discovered that household consumption accounts for around 60% of the total  greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The majority of these emissions comes from housing, transportation and food. Within these categories there’s a lot of variation. For example, air travel has a totally different impact if it is compared with train travel, and eating a salad […]

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Are algorithms really impartial?

The great technological progress we have witnessed in the last twenty years has allowed us to collect and generate a huge amount of data at an unprecedented rate, leading to the beginning of the so-called Big Data era. Nowadays we are relying more and more on  algorithms and Big Data analytics to make decisions and evaluate services and employees.  But can […]

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Balance may be the key to success

Since Daniel Goleman published his best-selling book “Emotional intelligence” in 1995 and brought this concept to the attention of the public, it has been widely appreciated but also debated and criticized. Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify, express and manage one’s own as well as others’ emotions. Its four main components are self-awareness, […]

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Life Politics

Can conspiracists be right?

Some conspiracies are, to a certain extent, fun. Take, for instance, the absurd claims that Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, is an illegitimate son of Fidel Castro. The story went viral in 2018. It was quite inconsequential, and it seems fair to say that most of the people sharing it didn’t take it too seriously. […]

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Life

Commitment contracts

A famous Norwegian proverb says: “Tomorrow I shall begin a better life. I think . . .” Probably everyone can somehow relate to this proverb – some of us want to quit smoking but fail, some of us want to exercise more but fail, some of us want to read more but fail. There are so many ways of how […]

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How to do better in your next exam session

It is always in the middle of exam session that you remember how tiring and boring studying can be. It is even more unnerving when, after studying day and night for weeks you do not get the results you hoped for. How did it happen, you might ask yourself, after all the work I have put into […]

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On Fear of Missing Out

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through Instagram, watching stories: happy people, fancy dresses, delicious food, a cozy restaurant, mountains in the background, holding a glass of champagne? In the meantime, you are covered in blankets, watching Netflix, with a pack of cookies on your nightstand. You feel miserable: you’re sitting there doing nothing while […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

What’s the story you tell yourself when you put on your #OOTD? The earliest records of human history show us homo sapiens fashionably adorned in some accessories or stylised clothing made from the materials around us. This is an anthropological phenomenon that spans cultures around the world. The relationship that we have with clothing has […]