Essential Reads

How New Payment Technology Can Manipulate You

Can you resist paying the 'suggested' tip?

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

Conflicting Goals Can Make You a Better Decision Maker

Some conflicts actually improve your ability to choose.

How to Become the Most Attractive Job Candidate

Why understanding your strengths will help you stand out.

Recent Posts on Behavioral Economics

Creating Control in 2015

By James Ullrich on January 01, 2015 in The Modern Time Crunch
It’s easy to feel you’re not in control of your life sometimes. While stress and the unpredictable are unavoidable, there are a few simple ways to reduce the feeling of not being control of your destiny.

7 Keys to Increasing Your Self-Esteem Today!

Self-esteem can be defined as healthy respect for yourself, as well as healthy self-worth. In our competitive society, the propensity to be affected by low self-esteem is chronic and pervasive. The good news is that having low-self-esteem is largely a learned phenomenon. Here are seven keys to enhancing self-esteem...

7 Things We Just Learned About Human Nature

By Matthew Hutson on January 01, 2015 in Psyched!
Uri Gneezy and John List are known for their field experiments, testing hypotheses in the real world.

The 5 Step Plan to Be One of the 10% Whose Resolutions Last

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 31, 2014 in The Why Behind the Buy
If you follow these five resolution rules, next year at this time you’ll be a resolution winner - and on stronger financial ground, too.

Is a Company Name Important to Investors?

By John Nofsinger Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Mind on My Money
A rose by any other name is not so sweet to investors. Investors like fluency in the name of their stocks and mutual funds. Fluently named stocks are valued higher and have broader ownership.

What the World Needs Now

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Ambigamy
We don't necessarily get the government we deserve but we do get only as good a government as we're educationally prepared to elect. Leaders realized this in the Renaissance and so developed a curriculum aimed at creating a sane, savvy citizenry. Here's an idea about updating it for modern times.

Change and Habituation

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Science of Choice
Habitation may explain boredom in marriage, why rich people who seem to have everything are not necessarily happy.

It's Not About the Goal

By Michael F. Kay on December 30, 2014 in Financial Life Focus
We are taught to achieve our goals instead of living our values.

Why You Need to Talk to Your Teen about Marijuana

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Singletons
Already some two million teens smoke pot. We have sex-ed classes for teens that aren’t supposed to be having sex. Shouldn’t we be having marijuana-ed classes as well? Legalizing marijuana sends mixed message to teens. The claim that casual marijuana use is harmless is a myth. How to make your teen less vulnerable.

The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People’s Ideas

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on December 30, 2014 in Give and Take
Kleptomnesia: the idea theft you didn't see coming

Time Chauvinism, Time Blindness and Moral Chauvinism

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 28, 2014 in Ambigamy
"What a piece of work is man," said Shakespeare, "how noble in reason." True, but we're also a piece of work, earth's problem child. We are genius and fools; idiot savants. I'm an hopeful cynic. I trying to pin down what makes us stupid--me included, hopeful that maybe we can overcome it in time to save ourselves. This week I'm thinking about time and moral chauvinism.

Are Your Tweets Ratting You Out? Should They?

By Thomas P Keenan MA, M.Sc., Ed.D on December 28, 2014 in Technocreep
British charity Samaritans has pulled their controversial "Radar" app, which was intended to catch potential suicides through their sad-sounding Twitter posts. Privacy advocates around the world thought it was creepy to watch your friends' tweets for phrases like "I hate myself". It turns out that many others monitor what you say on Twitter - for less noble purposes.

Simple Truths

A clash of doctrines is not a disaster, it is an opportunity. – Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947)

Elitism and Climate Change Denialism

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on December 27, 2014 in The Green Mind
How can we begin to address the society-threatening damages caused by climate change when one of our major political parties is wholly set against action? Congressional Republicans stand alone in the industrialized world as the only major political party to refuse to acknowledge the threat. The will to dominate other people and nature may factor into their recalcitrance.

False Positives

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 26, 2014 in Hidden Motives
We tend to assume the opposite of a negative is a positive. The opposite of unemployment, for example, is employment. But it turns out the relationship between the two is more peculiar than that.

Motivation: Can You Encourage Your Tween to Care?

Tweens are at the age of assertion. This becomes more obvious the older they get. They may start to make more of their own choices about friends and interests. It is the values that their parents impart to them however, that have a great hand in determining these decisions.

Killing Me Softly:

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 22, 2014 in A Swim in Denial
The turmoil over killing innocents isn’t just about cops and race. Have you noticed that the structure of power in America is changing and it's affecting you? From work to entertainment, stress is rising. You can't change what you don't see.

The War on Weed is Over

By Richard Taite on December 22, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
The war on weed pursued by countless law enforcement personnel since at least the 1960s is effectively over.

How Quickly Should You Say 'I Love You'?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 21, 2014 in In the Name of Love
Hearing your partner say "I love you" and "You are my greatest love" is regarded as one of the highlights of a romantic relationship. However, people are often uncertain about when to declare their love: whether to be the first to do so or whether to wait till the other has given an indication that they feel the same. Is there a best time to reveal your heart?

The Wisdom of Science: Questions, Guesses, and Predictions

We're building a machine that will be proud of us. – Daniel Hillis

10 Tips for Surmounting In-Law Difficulties

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Singletons
“Neutral” is rarely a word associated with in-laws; most are puzzling or problematic in some way— attempting to oversee your life, meddling in your marriage, telling you how to raise your children and the list goes one. Here, insights and tips for understanding and "managing" bothersome in-laws and building a healthier relationship.

Stuck In A Money Rut?

By Michael F. Kay on December 19, 2014 in Financial Life Focus
Stuck in a rut? Time to get creative.

The Anxiety of Freedom

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on December 17, 2014 in Science of Choice
Making authentic choices in the face existential anxiety is psychological courage in action.

Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

By Peter A. Ubel on December 17, 2014 in Scientocracy
We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.

Behavioral Science and Development Economics

By Diogo Gonçalves on December 17, 2014 in There Are Free Lunches
If governments adapt to, instead of resisting, individual bias in decision-making, they can, through small, low-cost, but powerful actions, enable people to make decisions and behave in ways that will lead to their longer term well-being. The WDR15 is a very important contribution that signifies a changed reality is not so far away.

5 Tips for Talking About Holiday Spending with Your Spouse

By Kerry Patterson on December 16, 2014 in Crucial Conversations
More than 60 percent of people either overspend during the holidays or have a spouse or partner who overspends. How do you talk about it?

Racial Anxiety Can Perpetuate Racial Inequalities

Sometimes the best way to reduce racial anxiety is the easiest: By hanging out together.

Yet More Corruption in Banks

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in Hidden Motives
The rule was strict in banking. There was a firewall between analysis and sales — for good reason: to protect customers. But that now seems a thing of the past.

The Cruel Optimism of Xmas

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on December 15, 2014 in Love, Inc
Xmas induces a feeling of hopefulness in hopeless times. That hopefulness is a kind of cruel optimism that stops us from facing the reality of income disparity in the US in favor of believing that a magical event like Black Friday shopping can save us.

Scientists - On Themselves and On Their Colleagues

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance—the idea that anything is possible. Touch a scientist and you touch a child. – Ray Bradbury