Essential Reads

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Should You Quit Your Job When You Start a New Business?

What entrepreneurship research says about working in your startup part-time vs. full-time.

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in What the Luck?
We are tempted to look for psychological explanations for successes and failures, when the more convincing explanation is simply that people get lucky—and luck is fleeting.

Are Men Attracted to Clever Women?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
The claim that men are intimidated by clever women has been backed by the results of a new study of speed-dating by Polish economists.

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Feel the Singularity

By Moses Ma on May 12, 2016 in The Tao of Innovation
Should we redistribute existing wealth or create new wealth? Here's some quantum thinking about the economy.

9 Strategies for Effective Donors

Want to give with joy and maximum impact? Applying these steps will help you achieve that goal.

How Your Mindset Can Change You

What we don’t always get is that sometimes, our beliefs and our “normal” work completely against our values and best interests.

How to Fix Dual Ticket Pricing at India's Taj Mahal

Four psychology-based suggestions to change the way tickets are priced will improve every tourist’s experience to this monument.

10 Ideas for Wise Decision-Making

High intelligence is not enough for successful decision-making.

The Mind Mechanics of Making Simple Decisions

Every day, you make dozens of small decisions. What are the mind mechanics behind decisions such as, "Should I order coffee or tea?" Neuroscientists have identified how we decide.

Remote Workers Are Happier and More Productive

By Victor Lipman on May 10, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
These are key findings from a new survey examining pros and cons in the remote workplace.

Time is Money: Setting your Money Watch a Few Dollars Ahead

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Feeling Smart
A useful trick to deal with overspending

Homelessness: What the Research Gets Wrong

By The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on May 10, 2016 in Sound Science, Sound Policy
By focusing on what is wrong with "the homeless, however, we risk following the classic steps of blaming the victim

Bernoulli and the Taxman, Part II: Fair (and Painless)?

Income tax is a psychological as well as an economic problem. Is it fair? Does it provide the right incentives? Here's a simple way to think about a needlessly complex problem.

Enforced Trust

You think your doctor and lawyer will take care of you. And often they do. But then again, they also have to worry about the bottom line.

Why Was Kennedy’s Love-Making Always Very Brief?

Choosing a romantic partner is a tricky business. A common questionable criterion for doing so—to aim high—often confuses the best person with the most suitable partner.

Measuring Success in the Game of Life

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on May 08, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
What happens to society when we create games that define losers? Reimagine the rules of life so that each of us can define our own success without comparing with others.

Retirement—Dealing With Uncertainty and Fear

If you are like most people, you find comfort in a certain level of stability and routine. Retirement can be a source of great anxiety and uncertainty.

3 Ways to Improve the Conversation on Economic Policy

We need to stop asking who has a right to our generosity and ask instead who is included in “we.”

Your Hormones and Making (Or Losing) Money

We think cold logic determines how we spend or make our money. But our hormones may be influencing us in ways we don't know, if results on financial traders applies to us all.

The Two Ways We Shop For Psychological Insights

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Ambigamy
Psychological therapy and psychological science have different goals. It's useful to be clear on the difference.

What Do Workers Really Want?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in The Human Beast
A lot of Americans are feeling disgruntled about how they are treated in the current economy – as highlighted by the popularity of presidential candidates like Sanders and Trump.
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The Power of Small Decisions

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Inside the Mind of a Risk Taker

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Good Thinking
"The take home message from these success stories is not just that perseverance pays off. It is that successful entrepreneurs are not risk-takers, they are calculated risk-takers."

Exploring Influence Versus Control With Adolescents

By James Ullrich on April 25, 2016 in The Modern Time Crunch
Parents run headlong into brick walls of resistance employing the tried and tested ways that worked before. Try adjusting the approach to one based on motivation and negotiation.

Do You Know How to Be Practical?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory that may help you decide if and how you want to be more practical.

Bernoulli and the Taxman, Part I: Fair Tax

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on April 24, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
Psychology can help design a fair income tax

Are You Hearing Truth?

By Michael F. Kay on April 21, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
It might be tough to admit, but many of us prefer to hear what we want rather than the unvarnished truth.

Why Do So Many Americans Actually Like Paying Taxes?

Research from psychology, economics, and political science provides some thought-provoking answers.

The Three Rules for Healthy Money

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on April 19, 2016 in Loaded
Understanding the psychology of financial decisions can improve financial thinking.

16 Hacks for Your Social Life

By Ryan Anderson on April 18, 2016 in The Mating Game
Psychology really is one of the most important things to know about, especially for social interaction. Some of these techniques can help you to navigate your social world

Why Management Rapport Leads to Employee Productivity

By Victor Lipman on April 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
An old HR colleague of mine was bothered by how little our managers talked with their employees. What were the implications for engagement and productivity?

Why Are Smokers Less Likely to Get a New Job?

A recent study from Stanford University found that being a smoker has detrimental impacts on new employment opportunities and wage earning.

The Two-Minute Meal

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
And yes, they’re tasty, healthy, and inexpensive.