A more effective at-home treatment for IBS

In a randomized control trial, researchers found that after eight weeks, participants with irritable bowel syndrome who used an app focused on cognitive behavioral therapy experienced better health-related quality of life, fewer GI symptoms, and less anxiety.

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The New York Times

How to get things done when you don’t want to do anything

Damon Centola of the Annenberg School for Communication authored a 2016 study that found competition can motivate behavioral change.



Olympians face 'overwhelming' mental pressure—especially this year

Jeremy Tyler of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the pressure faced by Olympic athletes. “Imagine going into the most important moment of your present lifetime, the world watching, having the knowledge that everyone expects you to live up to your reputation of being the best … and you’ve got go into it completely alone, without any social or emotional support,” he said. “I can’t think of a higher pressure or more daunting task to go through.”


Associated Press

In Trump’s Jan. 6 recast, attackers become martyrs, heroes

PIK Professor Dolores Albarracín spoke about how conspiracy theories persist, even when countered with facts. “The belief contains a device that protects it,” she said. “Nothing can invalidate the conspiracy theory. Trying to refute the theory proves the theory and signals you as a conspirator.”


ABC Australia

'It's not you. It's your strategy': How to use science to stamp out your bad habits and make a change

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School spoke about taking a strategic approach to changing behaviors. “If you haven’t built a system that makes it fun to do whatever it is that’s good for you, you won’t persist. And persistence is what makes us successful when it comes to change,” she said.


The Washington Post

In countries where vaccines are available, offers of free airline tickets and apartments for the fully inoculated

Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about tactics to incentivize COVID-19 immunization, such as lotteries and giveaways. “I’m generally optimistic that we will see some increase, but it’s not going to get us to the high levels of vaccination” needed, she said. “Incentives are not going to move everyone who is holding out over the finish line.”


Why you might feel weird when you go maskless

Cristina Bicchieri of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited for her theory of social norms, which purports that people conform to meet the expectations of others.