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Ben Newell Interviews Craig Reucassel — Vision For The Anthropocene

Climate change, pro-environmental behaviour & the problem with academic jargon. Craig Reucassel is host of the ABC’s Fight for Planet A and the War on Waste. In this Conversation he talks to Ben Newell about what individuals and governments can and should be doing to address climate change; whether we should be ‘nudging’ or ‘boosting’ pro-environmental behaviour; comparisons of our response to COVID-19 and our response to climate change; Craig’s vision for the Anthropocene (and his dislike of academic jargon…)!

Rutger Bregman in Conversation with Ben Newell

If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers, and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. But what if it isn't true?

Hot Mess - Spin Cycle

In Episode 1 Ben talks to Richard Aedy about what makes climate change hard to get our heads around and even harder to do something about.

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Psychological Barriers to Climate Action

Here, Professor Ben Newell talks with Anna Freeland about the psychological barriers which prevent people from both understanding and acting on climate change.

The Replication Crisis

In this podcast, Ben talks with Harry Greenwell, BETA’s (Behavioural Economics Team of The Australian Government) head of trial design and evaluation, about the replication crisis facing many scientific disciplines, psychology in particular. Ben and Harry first discuss why experimental replication is fundamental to science, then discuss the causes of the replication crisis, such as erroneous statistics and exploratory research, the methods to combat the issue – the open science framework and pre-registered studies – as well as the progress scientific fields have made since the replication issue came to a head at the start of the decade.
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Music Festival Waste

This podcast addresses the issue of waste, in particular waste leftover from music festivals. Ben gives insights into the strategies festival organisers may implement when trying to reduce festival waste, informed by cognitive research, as well as the reasons humans are averse to short term loss for long term gain (environmental action to reduce long term negative consequences) in the first place. Research shows social norm information, uncertainty reduction, and increasing the ease of recycling and proper waste disposal are all useful methods in increasing pro-environmental behaviours. (5 – 10 minute mark is Ben)

Medical Decision Making

In this episode of the Emergency Trauma Management podcast Ben chats about the role of decision making theory in the emergency room. Doctors and medical practitioners are constantly fraught with high stakes decisions under immense time pressure. Here, Ben talks about the common biases and heuristics which influence our decisions and how self-awareness of these biases as well as other training and education practices can mitigate their effect.
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Form-a-Palooza Applying Behavioural Insights To Child Protection

We explore whether simple behavioural insights techniques can be successful for addressing a policy issue within one of society's more complex and difficult sectors: child protection.

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ABC's Catalyst

Ben gives his scientific insight into this episode of ABC's Catalyst, "Should I Risk It?", which assesses how maths can help us make more rational decisions in risky scenarios.

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"Should I Risk It?" Link

The Psychology of Climate Change

Watch the video below to see Ben discuss his paper co-authored with Prof Andy Pitman on the psychology of global warming.


Read an article on ABC Online discussing the 2015 Newell et al Nature Climate Change paper on rare disaster risk.

Read an article in The Sydney Morning Herald discussing the Newell & Pitman paper on the Psychology of Global Warming.

Read articles in TIME magazine and The Independent on our paper Think, Blink, or Sleep on it? The impact of modes of thought on complex decision making published in QJEP..

Go here to see some fun tips on how to improve your decision making courtesy of BBC Horizon.

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