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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Papers: CRSP Special Issue on Psychological Processes and Applications of Nudging

18.02.2019, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Submission deadline: May 31st, 2019

The concept of nudging has been gaining widespread attention over the last two decades, from psychology through behavioral economics and beyond into other disciplines. Nudging has become a subtle policy intervention tool applied across a range of contexts, from healthy eating, recycling and other sustainable behaviors, to essentially any behavioral choice context. Likewise, there has been interest in investigating the underlying psychological processes responsible for the effectiveness of nudges and to delineate its boundaries to neighboring concepts such as priming.

In this Special Issue, we invite original and replication research that focus on the psychological aspects of nudging, including process analyses and tests of boundary conditions. For example, there are unresolved questions related to the transparency of the nudge and on the construction of the choice sets. Furthermore, topics could be -- but are not limited to -- the stability of nudged behavior, the experience of nudges from the perspective of the target population, stimulus habituation, and novel applications. Replications are welcome, though at CRSP replications are generally part of replication plus extension designs.

Beyond the individual submissions by each research team, broader coordination leading to more substantive advances is possible. This can include meta-analyses to be performed on all submissions of a special issue. (For an example of a successful formula, please see the Special Issue on Power Poses in Volume 2, Issue 1, 2017.) We encourage submitting authors to include one “classic” nudging study or set of conditions to their proposal that could be included in such a meta-analysis. Other options to be suggested by authors are welcome.

Please follow the author guidelines that can be found on our website:

Submit proposals via the submission portal, indicating "Special Issue Nudging" with the submission:

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