Talk Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig, January 25th 2022, 2:15 pm

25. Jan

The Institute for Sustainability Education and Psychology (ISEP) and the Institute for Management and Organization (IMO) are delighted to announce the following guest lecture.

Behavioral insights beyond nudging—fostering competences with boosts

Policy makers worldwide have realized the public policy value of insights from psychology and behavioral economics into how people make decisions. To date, much of the discussion of behaviorally informed approaches has emphasized “nudges,” that is, interventions designed to steer people in a particular direction while preserving their freedom of choice. Yet behavioral science also provides support for a distinct kind of intervention, namely, “boosts.” The objective of boosts is to foster people’s competence to make their own choices—that is, to exercise their own agency. Building on this distinction, this talk will outline and discuss boosts to enhance risk comprehension, healthy nutritional choice, better financial choices and resilience against misinformation.

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  • Meeting ID: 942 7477 7261
  • Kenncode: 517327
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Ralph Hertwig (Copyright: Arne Sattler)

Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig is one of the most renowned decision scientists. As director of the group for adaptive rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin he studies experience-based decisions, the psychology of risk, mechanisms of collective intelligence and how people make decisions over the life span. His research has been applied in a wide range of areas, including meteorology and health. For his work he has been awarded with the renowned Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibnitz award.

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