Essential Reads

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

Should You Become an Uber or Lyft Driver?

The economics will vary dramatically depending on your incremental costs.

Do Only Dead Fish Swim With the Stream?

Many people's long-term romantic behavior is similar to dead fish floating with the current, slowly drifting with the stream. Is such behavior damaging? Not always, it would seen.

Moral Incentives for Dummies

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
What is basic morality and what incentive system does best to promote it?

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With Two Sides to Everything It’s Dangerous to Ignore One

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Ambigamy
Here's a simple trick for making decisions you won't regret.

The Caring Effect

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements. Why should managers and leaders celebrate more?
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

What It's Like on Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Singletons
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Or what your patient is not telling?

The Serenity Prayer and 16 Variations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Serenity Prayer is extraordinary moral guidance, not some unworkable "always do X" rule, but a way to frame up a fundamental judgment call we all have to make over and over.

A Really Big Question Part 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Two friends happen to meet at a coffee shop and get talking about the meaning of life. They end up opening a giant worm can of wondering.

Cultivating Smarter Prejudices

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Ambigamy
An exploration of what prejudice really is, why we need it, how prejudices go wrong, and how to argue for better prejudices.

Want to Avoid Bad Decisions? It’s All About Framing

No one wants to make bad decisions. These tips will help you avoid them.

Strong and Kind Negotiation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
An interview with negotiations expert Seth Freeman.

Can Modern People Survive in the Wild?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
The history of European explorers contains nasty stories of intelligent people failing to adapt to harsh new environments. One exception may be Viking colony in Greenland.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How

By Nir Eyal on March 07, 2017 in Automatic You
Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. This article provides practical research-backed tips for staying focused.

If I Were a Rich Man, the Inner Dimension

This is something all of us can do: align our actions with our values, even when it means stepping outside our comfort zone, and reaching out to others.

Team Player: Professor Shiller and Finance as Panacea

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Is modern finance a kind of engineering? Does it really power the economy? How big should the finance industry be?

Elasticity of Belief

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Attitudes based on little experience can be changed.

Why Women Want to Lose Weight

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In subsistence societies, heavier women are perceived as fertile and sexually attractive. In developed countries, women strive to be more slender. Why?

Confessions of an Accidental Financial Therapist

By Teresa Ghilarducci Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in When I’m 64
How the retirement crisis makes an economist an accidental therapist.

The Most Popular Color in the World Just Got A Bit Trendier

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in General Intelligence
Consumer psychologists explore the power of the color blue

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens provides insights into human behavior by tracing the history of our species from its emergence amidst other pre-humans through its journey to the present day.

The Biggest Psychological Mystery We Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
All of the biggest philosophical, theological, biological, psychological and sociological questions boiled down to one that most of us haven't heard nor thought about.
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

Greed Is Good?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Greed is good! Sharing is for Communists and losers! Do such maxims capture the essence of human social behavior?

The Psychological Roots of Our Current Hypocrisy Epidemic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We find it hard anxious work to seek the wisdom to know the difference between what to constrain and what to set free. Hypocrisy is the easy alternative to that hard work.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

Super Bowl Ads Wade into Politics

By The Research Lab on February 07, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Why would companies take a stand? By Julie Irwin, Ph.D.

The Anxiety of Globalization

By The Research Lab on February 06, 2017 in The Fundamentals
And leveraging human capital. By Moris Simson.
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Why Soft Skills Mean Hard Results in Business

Have you ever learned how to roll with the punches or get along with others? It’s never too late to learn new tricks. Here are 5 steps you can take to sharpen your soft skills.
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The Lure of the Special Occasion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Science of Choice
Why is relapse so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”?

Why Have Super Bowl Ad Prices Doubled Since 2007?

One big reason is growth of consumer engagement through social media.