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By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on March 19, 2019 in Supersurvivors
Science shows that people's obsession with money runs deeper than you might think.
By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on March 19, 2019 in Canine Corner
New data shows why people care more about dogs than cats. However, it is only true if the dogs don't act like cats.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on March 18, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
Over-withholding taxes seems imprudent but it can have psychological benefits.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on March 11, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
Charging more for women’s versions of personal-care products raises thorny questions about fairness.
By Louis Putterman Ph.D. on March 10, 2019 in The Good, The Bad, The Economy
Reach out and touch someone? Sounds trite, but now read this...
By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on March 08, 2019 in Animals and Us
Do people everywhere agree that autonomous vehicles should prioritize a human life—even if it means running over a dog or cat?
By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 27, 2019 in The Human Beast
Technology accelerates, a phenomenon that emerged with modern humans and is absent in other species that use tools.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on February 25, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
The "two months’ salary for an engagement ring" rule shows the power of marketing.
By Louis Putterman Ph.D. on February 18, 2019 in The Good, The Bad, The Economy
Inequality in China has raced ahead of the U.S.'s and far ahead of Taiwan's. With a still growing economy, do any of China's people care?
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on February 11, 2019 in Stretching Theory
Ever fall prey to clever sales techniques and find yourself overspending? It might be time to tackle your anchoring bias.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on February 04, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
Although the NYOP pricing method empowers consumers putting them in charge of the final price, it has significant downsides.
By Steve Rathje on January 25, 2019 in Words Matter
Why our preference for single-cause explanations is a problem.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on January 21, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
We are naturally drawn to price points, and they simplify our buying decisions. But they can also encourage us to purchase thoughtlessly.
By Louis Putterman Ph.D. on January 20, 2019 in The Good, The Bad, The Economy
The mixed economy has helped bring a better living standard to hundreds of millions. Now, falling trust in government raises doubts about its survival. Enter OECD's "TrustLab."
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on January 07, 2019 in The Science Behind Behavior
American sellers focus on consumer psychology while Asian sellers emphasize luck.
By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 28, 2018 in Mental Mishaps
So many choices. Good choices. Irrational ones. Do you drive to work? Is that rational? Probably. And that’s the problem. Being rational ruins the environment. You need a nudge.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on December 24, 2018 in The Science Behind Behavior
The shoe retailer's prank teaches us 3 vital lessons on how to purchase wisely.
By Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, Ph.D. and Abigail Marsh, Ph.D. on December 19, 2018 in For Goodness’ Sake
Giving gifts feels good. Does that make the act of gift-giving fundamentally selfish?
By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on December 16, 2018 in Reality Play
A 15 year-old Swedish activist reminds us that climate change is a psychological crisis, whatever else it is.
By Eva M. Krockow Ph.D. on December 10, 2018 in Stretching Theory
Mental accounting is a common strategy to avoid overspending. But beware of common pitfalls - they can have quite the opposite effect!
By Douglas T. Kenrick Ph.D. on December 03, 2018 in Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life
Like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, social media earns tremendous profits by parasitizing evolved mental mechanisms that were good for our ancestors but mismatched to the modern world.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on December 03, 2018 in The Science Behind Behavior
Most studies focus on financial literacy, but there’re five other qualitatively different types of financial knowledge.
By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 30, 2018 in Talking Apes
Meetings are a dreaded part of almost any job. But when they’re done well, meetings can build team spirit and motivate members to work toward common goals.
By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D., MPP on November 26, 2018 in Ambigamy
Loyalty to good people is a virtue. Loyalty to bad people is a vice. Loyalty proves nothing.
By Utpal Dholakia Ph.D. on November 26, 2018 in The Science Behind Behavior
By carefully considering design features and offering value, discounts can be a win-win for consumers and the brand.