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Whom Do We Trust on Social Policy Interventions?

Osman, M; Fenton, N; Pilditch, T; Lagnado, D; Neil, M; (2018) Whom Do We Trust on Social Policy Interventions? Basic and Applied Social Psychology , 40 (5) pp. 249-268. 10.1080/01973533.2018.1469986. Green open access

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Abstract

Social policy interventions, such as nudges (behavioral change techniques), have gained significant traction globally. But what do the public think? Does the type of expert proposing a nudge influence the kinds of evaluations the public make about nudges? Three experiments investigated this by presenting U.S. (N = 689) and U.K. (N = 978) samples with descriptions of nudges (genuine and fictitious) proposed by either scientists or the government. Overall, compared to opaque and fictitious nudges, transparent and genuine nudges were judged more ethical and plausible, and scientists proposing them were judged more trustworthy than a government working group. Also, trust in fictitious interventions proposed by scientists was higher than in genuine interventions proposed by a government working group.

Type: Article
Title: Whom Do We Trust on Social Policy Interventions?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2018.1469986
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2018.1469986
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054781
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