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Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Using Behavioral Psychology to Encourage Healthy Habits

Advertising agencies employ behavioral scientists to use psychology to persuade people to make healthy lifestyle choices. They've discovered key insights into how the human mind works when faced with a call to action. Behavioral scientists used a universal human trait — fear of shame or social rejection — to encourage workers at a food factory to improve their hand washing habits.

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Behavior

Learn the importance of persuading the public to protect themselves during health crises.
Season 1 Episode 4
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Data

Track the importance of data mapping and analysis in the quest to improve public health.
Season 1 Episode 3
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Medical Drugs

Learn about the surprisingly recent invention of medicine that combats illness directly.
Season 1 Episode 2
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Vaccines

See the role vaccination plays in our growing ability to prevent the spread of illness.
Season 1 Episode 1
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