Behavioral Economics Essential Reads

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10 Cognitive Biases Ruining Your Diet

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in Science of Choice
Cognitive biases lead to craving and overeating thereby contributing to weight gain and obesity

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.
Catalina Toma

Choice of Partners in Online Dating: The More, the Better?

By Catalina Toma Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Virtual You
I examine how the number of matches online daters are provided with (few vs. many) affects these daters' satisfaction with a selected partner.

Increase Funding for Mental Illness Now

The time has come to declare war on mental illness and place a priority on funding innovative neurobiological research for better prevention, diagnosis, and early intervention.

Is Empty Nest a Myth?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Singletons
Is sending your child off to college as emotionally draining and stressful as having a newborn or raising a child during the middle school years? What new research tells us.

Who Deserves the Right to Choose Green?

By Michele Wick Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Anthropocene Mind
People who earned their income, as opposed to receiving welfare, were deemed more deserving of the right to spend extra cash to cool the planet.

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

How Will the "Endowment Effect" Affect You?

Want to lessen this economic bias? A little experience goes a long way!

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.

Specific Commitments Can Change Behavior

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Psychology has learned a lot in experimental studies about how to change behavior. Will that work in the real world?

The Role of 'One-Sided Sex' in Relationships

Peace-inducing sex is one-sided sex intended to maintain industrial peace within one’s relationship. Is it beneficial? Yes and no.

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

Crowding Out Virtue

By Samuel Bowles on July 14, 2016 in The Moral Economy
Monetary rewards are proposed to promote everything from losing weight to reading books. But an experiment with villagers in Colombia shows that incentives can backfire.

Stuart Smalley Was Wrong

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in Loaded
Can affirmations help you avoid over-spending? The right way to affirm yourself for better self-control.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes With Their Money: Part 1

Are your beliefs about the stock market costing you money?

Do Misspelled Menus Matter?

By William Poundstone on July 12, 2016 in Head in the Cloud
Has texting made proper spelling obsolete? A survey shows that spelling and grammar really don't matter on menus.

Does It Matter Whether You Pay With Cash Or A Credit Card?

Research shows that pain of spending affects shopper behavior.

Why Do People Buy Guns? A Behavioral Economics Perspective

Emphasizing the prevalence of guns in America (as gun control advocates often do) might lead people to buy more guns. I use behavioral economics to explain why.

Restructuring Your Money Code

By Michael F. Kay on June 28, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Your money code is what you believe about your financial life. It’s your guide, your foundation and the meaning behind your money

From Freud to Frodo

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Loaded
Money messages surround us. What stories do you believe about money, and how have they affected your life?

What Is Global Mental Health?

The exciting field of Global Mental Health aims to address the shortage of mental health services in low-resource communities around the world.

Do Shoppers Benefit When Stores Use Everyday Low Pricing?

Academic research has found EDLP has pros & cons for stores and shoppers. The cons might outweigh the pros.
R. Douglas Fields

A Neuroscience Perspective on Brexit

By R. Douglas Fields Ph.D. on June 26, 2016 in The New Brain
The “T” trigger in the LIFEMORTS mnemonic of the nine neural circuits of rage in the human brain accounts for the momentous decision of the United Kingdom to exit the EU.

The Political Gender Gap: Do Women Care More About Fairness?

One reason women tend to prefer candidates who seem more committed to economic equality and a strong social safety net may be that women are less overconfident about the future.

Choices Are Based on Feelings Not Value

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
New research explores the relationship between people's feelings and the choices they make.

Do People Everywhere Cheat?

Do people in some countries generally cheat more often than people in other countries? Two international teams of researchers think not.

Are You Sure You Want to Read This?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Consumed
An uncertain world requires simple decision-making processes.

Random Acts of Kindness Can Be Dangerous

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Ambigamy
To maximize your capacity for empathy and compassion, don't automatically move toward charity.
J. Krueger

Cup > Coffee

When a purchase of one item (e.g., coffee) also involves the temporary use of a second item (e.g. a cup), what amount of collateral is fair?

Muhammad Ali and Where Determination Lives in the Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
As our will becomes stronger than our skill our determination to achieve may grow greater still.