Essential Reads

Don’t Let Your Thinking Sabotage Your Goals

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Talking Apes
How you see yourself in the future can either help or hinder your ability to delay gratification.

Status in a Group Affects Generosity Toward the Group

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Groups of people naturally form groups that have status hierarchies. How does someone's status affect their generosity toward other group members?

Employee Engagement Is Declining, but Managers Can Help

By Victor Lipman on February 09, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
Three key metrics involving recognition, transparency and peer relationships show a decline in employee engagement. All of these issues are fixable with effective management.

Five Ways to Shop Smart and Spend Less On a Must-Have Toy

Here's what an analysis of 34,000+ Hatchimals auctions on eBay tells shoppers to do.

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The Psychology of Being Middle Class

Poll after poll reveals that most Americans think they’re part of the middle class even if they’re clearly not.

Dealing With Financial Woes During Life Transitions

By Michael F. Kay on October 06, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Dealing with financial issues during periods of significant change can be nearly difficult, if not impossible.

Irrationality

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with Nobel Prize winner, Robert Shiller

3 Decision-Making Principles I Taught My Son

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How recent research on behavioral economics can help you make better decisions

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Media Spotlight
In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

Groping for Sex and More Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Terror Management Theory (TMT) offers a scientific way of understanding the spellbinding effects of Donald Trump's fantasies..

How Powerful Is Status Quo Bias?

By Rob Henderson on September 29, 2016 in After Service
Research sheds light on our resistance to change.

Why Lending With Interest Is Felt to Be Immoral

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Cui Bono
A mismatch between evolved feelings about fairness in exchanges and modern economic practices might eventually lead to a revolution against the current political/economic system.

Will Trolls Inherit The Earth?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Trolls take cheap shots, any easy path to attack and self-defense. There's a troll epidemic now. Here's a possible historical explanation for their risky rise.

Medical Errors - A New Leading Cause of Death

Each year, one out of every four hospital patients in the United states will be harmed by the care they receive. Simple cost-free safety behaviors could cut these deaths in half.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Bah, Humbug?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Many people focus on the pursuit of happiness, but there are other options. It's up to you.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on September 23, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Deciding When to Demand Change

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Ambigamy
They say, "Stand strong. Don't lower your standards" and "Accept reality. Don't fight it." Just rarely in the same breath. The Serenity Prayer shows how to handle these opposites.

Five Easy Steps to Recharge Your Money Life

By Michael F. Kay on September 22, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Along with the flying calendar pages comes the feeling that you’re running out of time to accomplish all those financial goals you’d so optimistically planned out last January.

Do We Control Our Own Purchasing Habits?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Behind Online Behavior
Flaws in our decision-making ability are fuel for the market. In certain situations we are especially susceptible to external influences.
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“Burnout”: The Indelicate Reality of Job Exhaustion

By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Envy This!
“Burnout” sounds like a dirty word, but work-life imbalance is becoming an ever-increasing reality in the workforce.
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Seasons Change. So Do Laws and Regulations

It’s clear that the legal and regulatory climate of our world is changing. Whether you run a masonry firm or a medical office, the changes are everywhere.

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

The Challenge of Connecting Dots

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Acquired Spontaneity
What I realized in a moment of sharp and instantaneous insight that came from nowhere and hit me at the core was utterly simple: the Waltons and I see a different reality.
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Why Do You Always Have Room for Dessert?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Science of Choice
Research consistently shows that exposure to a variety of foods results in overeating and weight gain.

What Is Required for a Happy Life

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 12, 2016 in Fighting Fear
A discussion of some of the important ingredient in living a happy life

From Chimps to Champs

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
There seems to be a growing perception that experts are hopelessly biased and shouldn't be trusted to make important decisions. This belief is clearly mistaken and also dangerous.

5 Reasons Why We Eat More Than We Realize

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Science of Choice
Human eating behavior is not solely regulated by homeostatic mechanisms but also by the food reward system.

FOMO Strikes Again

By Michael F. Kay on September 08, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Who doesn’t love a sale? After all, it might be the LAST chance to buy something you REALLY NEED at a lower price. Right?

Confessions of a (Former) Skeptic of Basic Income

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Are you skeptical about cash handouts? Find out if research supports your skepticism!

Calm-onomics: The Everyday Economics of Stress Prevention

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Ambigamy
Life is an inherently anxious affair. This creates high demand for ways to keep anxiety at bay. Here's a behavioral-economic analysis of demand for and supply of ways to stay calm.

Psychological-Mindedness as a Worldview

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on September 06, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
The fantasy of personal perfectibility has always been the enemy of psychological-mindedness.

How Should Market Researchers Ask About Gender In Surveys?

New gender identity research shows we need to rethink the answer for designing accurate and inclusive surveys.

Ironic Faith: A Healthy Coping Strategy

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Ambigamy
An eye-opening trip to Indonesia teaches radical co-existence through ironic, stress-reducing faith.

Behaving Morally: Are We More or Less Likely to Continue?

By Joel Brockner Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in The Process Matters
To keep doing the right thing, it is how you think about your behavior that matters.