Essential Reads

Beyond the Bystander Effect

By Cameron Brick, Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Grasping Risk
Are you more likely to recycle if someone is watching? It may depend on your identity

Why Meticulously Made Decisions Motivate Us to Persist

Decision effort signals the task's worth, raises confidence & increases chances of succeeding.

Hooked on Homicide

Is it possible for someone to become addicted to killing? Here's what crime experts, soldiers, and serial killers say.

Health 2.0, It's All About You

By David Rosen on July 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
A health revolution has put us back in control of our health and wellness, with technology and social media redefining every stage of our of life. Welcome to Health 2.0.

More Posts on Behavioral Economics

Getting Change to Stick!

Are you have trouble sticking to new behaviors? Read this post for some tips.

Making Healthy Choices

A third of Americans are obese and consumers spend more than $50 billion on weight loss. The reasons for the obesity epidemic may surprise you. Hint: Big Brother is trying to help.

Unpacked, the Serenity Prayer is an Instant Wisdom Upgrade

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
Decades studying decision-making and I keep coming back to the serenity prayer. Unpack it for a wealth of wisdom.

Real Reasons for Sex Before Marriage

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in The Human Beast
More people today are sexually active before marriage than ever before. The true reasons are practical and have little to do with changing belief systems.

Wisdom Made as Simple as Possible, No Simpler

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Golden Rule and other "Always do X" rules are one-sided half-truths posing as whole truths. Learn to see through them for greater wisdom and peace of mind.
By star5112 (JOH_0364) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Do We Love to Chase?

Unpredictable rewards produce much larger pleasure than expected ones.

Small Acts of Generous Behavior Can Make Your Brain Happier

New research shows that very small amounts of generosity can affect you on a neurobiological level.

Not All Sensitivity and Insensitivity Is Indulgent

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The right acts like all sensitivity is indulgent. The left acts like all insensitivity is indulgent. For give and take to prevail, that's got to change.

Four Common Qualities of Really Bad Bosses

By Victor Lipman on July 05, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Here are four all too common types of management dysfunction. If your boss shows these behaviors, it's probably time to vote with your feet.

Happy Birthday America

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on July 04, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
In the struggle of human evolution versus devolution, America is clearly Gettysburg

The Price of Choice

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on June 30, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Have you ever faced "choice anxiety"--fretting over decisions, setting unrealistic expectations, and blaming yourself for "failing"? Research shows us how choose a better way.

What It Means to Be a Human

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in The Human Beast
From Darwin onwards, scholars struggled to define our species. There are two leading theories, but neither seems workable.

Buyers and Sellers

Consuming need not be a passive experience.

Living By Simple Moral Codes Makes Us Worse, Not Better

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Ambigamy
Always be honest, never dishonest, kind, never unkind, open, never closed. We can't live by such always-principles and we pay a big price for pretending we can.

The Psychology of the Curated Closet

How cleaning out our closets can ease our minds and de-clutter our lives, while helping our wallets.

Five Common Factors Influencing Our Feelings of Time

The perception of time as lasting too long is associated with too high of a cost, which leads to the selection of alternatives with more immediate outcomes.

Will A Robot Take Your Job?

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in The Next Step
Can you be replaced by technology?

Beliefs: Twelve Myths You'll Be Relieved to Debunk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Getting realistic about beliefs can go a long way toward peace of mind and better decision-making.
Sara Canaday

Cognitive Diversity

By Sara Canaday on June 18, 2017 in You (According to Them)
What does the concept of cognitive diversity mean? When leaders surround themselves with people who "constantly validate and reflect their own beliefs," it stifles fresh thinking.

Why It's So Hard to Buy Father's Day Gifts

There's a psychological reason why we're stumped when it comes to what to buy dad for Father's Day. Here's why and three tips.

Judging Your Worth

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
China is developing a digital system to track and evaluate its population of 1.3 billion people. They’re not the only ones.

Riding the Next Wave of Human Evolution

With their deep comfort with uncertainty and technology, coupled with their hardwired sense of inclusion, Millennials are blazing the trail by transforming workplaces.

What is the Design Pattern of Engaging Products?

Products we find most engaging have a basic design pattern called a hook, experiences that connect users’ problems to a product with enough frequency to form a habit.

The Deep Roots of Left vs. Right

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The fundamental distinction in politics as in life is between constraint and freedom. We need both.

How Food and Energy Led to Polarization in America

By The Research Lab on June 05, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Explanations for this polarization revolve around one thing: Energy consumption. By Carey W. King, Ph.D.
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Inside the Mind of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May

The key psychology over the timing of elections is that they reveal information about how well incumbents expect to perform in the future.

How Authoritarians Leaders Get Away with It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Ambigamy
Authoritarian followers for whatever cause and however motivated, treat life as perfectly manageable with machine-like habits of thought.

What is Undisciplined Spending?

It’s a repeated, habitual pattern of three potentially harmful spending behaviors.
Bev Webb, 2012

Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.

Is It Ever Okay to Lie to Your Lover?

Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of trust. However, it is surprisingly easy to be deceptive in an intimate relationship. Can you be honest and still be kind?