The RSA is launching a new project to ask how insights from cognitive and behavioural sciences can help us respond to pressing social challenges.
Our core hypothesis is that major social change occurs when profound challenges are matched by powerful new solutions. Technological, economic and social progress has created complex, unpredictable challenges, but emerging knowledge about how we think may help us to respond to these challenges.
So we’re looking at how insights from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to neuroscience, behavioural economics, anthropology and social psychology may apply to concrete public policy challenges.
But we’ll also be asking whether a cross disciplinary approach to these subjects can enable the emergence of profound shifts in how we think about ourselves and the world and what possibilities this may open up.
A key part of this work is to open up the public debate and this blog is intended to be a place where we can bring together some of the latest insights into human behaviour and cognition, share ideas and debate…
The RSA Cognition Blog is written by Jonathan Carr-West who is leading on this work at the RSA.