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COVID-19 and the ‘What-the-Hell’ Effect — What We Can Learn From Dieting and Safe Sex

By Sara Isaac October 29, 2020

Nearly 40 years ago, psychology professor Janet Polivy co-authored research that showed if you..

5 Things We Need To Do In This Pandemic — And Why We Aren’t Doing Them

This has happened before: Millions of Americans opting to take mortal risks despite clear..

How to Make Face Masks Fun, Easy and Popular

By Sara Isaac June 19, 2020

Last weekend, a colleague of mine who lives in Florida’s Tampa Bay area spontaneously conducted..

How #BlackOutTuesday Backlash Could be Hurting the Movement

By Karen Ong June 4, 2020

For many, the days since George Floyd’s death feels like a new dystopian world. A world of..

How COVID-19 is Shaping a New Normal for U.S. Parents

By Peter Mitchell April 15, 2020

Normal is changing, and now, we have a statistical glimpse of what that means for parents. For..

Public Health is My Health

By Peter Mitchell April 1, 2020

You heard her: “There’s no magic bullet.” White House Task Force Coordinator Deborah Brix told..

Coronavirus Has Hit — Here's Why You're Still Not Washing Your Hands

By Sara Isaac March 13, 2020

My local Costco has run out of toilet paper. Home Depot has been raided of all N95 masks. Across..

Behavioral Science v. Social Marketing — Which is Better for Behavior Change?

By Sara Isaac January 23, 2020

I’m a practitioner at a behavior change marketing agency with roots in social marketing. Then..

Why Guilt and Fear Appeals Backfire

By Sara Isaac August 22, 2019

We’ve all felt it — what I call the “Screw You Don’t Tell Me What To Do” effect. So why do we..

Why Cass Sunstein Hates Sludge — And How You Can Harness it for Good

By Sara Isaac July 11, 2019

Cass Sunstein, the gentle intellectual giant of behavioral economics, is on a crusade against..

You are Cursed by Knowledge. Here's What to Do to Break Free.

By Sara Isaac June 6, 2019

I work with experts all the time. People who are deeply informed and passionate about helping..

Climate Is Worse Than You Think — Here's How to Not Give Up

By Sara Isaac May 1, 2019

Last week I had the luck to meet two climate change heroes: scientists who for decades have..