4840377002 bf84a3cecc z Nudges work even if we know we are being nudgedDo subtle attempts to change your actions still work when you know they’re happening? It was thought that it’s easier to manipulate people who are kept in the dark, but it now seems we don’t mind being clearly “nudged” to behave in certain ways.

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drug deaths650 Why Are Drug Deaths Rising When Drug Use is Falling?
Despite falling drug use, record numbers of people are dying in drug-related deaths in the UK. What’s behind the trend? Some newspapers have suggested that the rise in deaths is due to rising drug use among the affluent and the rising purity of illegal party drugs, and there has been much concern over new psychoactive substances, but does the data back up these claims? A deep dig into the evidence suggests that the reality is far more complicated.

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