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Exploring the boundary between thinking fast and slow: a tribute to Anne Treisman

Attention. It lies at the boundary between perceiving, and thinking, fast and slow. In our everyday experience, attention, awareness and consciousness are intimately linked. Can you feel your toes? Well now you can. A few moments ago, you probably weren’t aware of them, but now your attention is drawn to them you can feel them, […]

February 22, 2018

Improving the experience of non-traditional university students

Great progress has been made in improving access to university in the UK, including work conducted by colleagues at BIT [1] [2]. However, disadvantage does not vanish the moment a student steps onto campus. In fact, “widening participation” students (those from backgrounds that mean they are less likely to enter higher education) participate systematically less […]

February 20, 2018

EAST en español y nuestro trabajo en América Latina

(This post is also available in English) Cuando hablamos de nuestro trabajo en el Reino Unido frecuentemente nos hacen la pregunta: ¿podría algo así funcionar también en otros países? Durante los últimos cuatro años hemos estado colaborando con Gobiernos en América Latina aplicando nuestra metodología, y encontramos que la respuesta es: ¡Sí! En nuestro primer […]

February 13, 2018

EAST in Spanish and our work in Latin America

(This post is also available in Spanish) When we talk about our work in the United Kingdom, we are often asked the question: Will our approach also work in other countries? Over the past four years we have been collaborating with governments in Latin America applying our methodology, and we found that the answer is: […]

February 13, 2018

One letter that triples energy switching

In the UK, 9.5 million households can save over £300 a year by switching energy supplier. For many people that is a substantial boost to their household budget, and yet in a survey of UK consumers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that 34% of respondents had never considered switching supplier. This can be […]

February 12, 2018

Join us in Singapore: New Associate Advisor role

If you are passionate about applying behavioural insights to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations, apply to join us in Singapore as an Associate Advisor. As an Associate Advisor, you will: Assist in the design and delivery of projects across a broad range of policy areas. Develop expertise in BI-relevant policy knowledge and/or research methodology. […]

February 8, 2018

One hundred years of votes for women: what next to close the gender gap in politics?

Today marks one hundred years since some women in Britain got the right to vote. It’s an important milestone, with plenty to celebrate a century later — a record number of female female MPs entered Parliament in the last election. But the gender gap in political representation remains wide. Women make up only 32 percent […]

February 6, 2018

A busy week for evidence builders

Five years of What Works Monday saw the publication of a 5-year update on the UK’s What Works Network. The event was hosted at the Institute for Government and introduced by Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office. There’s a lot to be proud of. We’ve gone from having one such centre in […]

February 2, 2018

Why text?

At BIT, we send a lot of text messages. It’s not just us – other behavioural scientists use them a lot too. In fact, you could wonder aloud whether we have any other ideas. In the last six years we’ve used text messages to increase fine repayments, GCSE pass-rates, University engagement, and the quality of […]

February 1, 2018

A day in the life of… an Associate Research Advisor

My typical day… I arrive in the office between 8:30am and 10am, depending on what I have planned for the day. I grab a coffee, check through my emails and get back to anything that’s urgent, have a quick check-in with my manager, then make a to-do list for the day. On Mondays we have […]

December 26, 2017