Essential Reads

Are You Ready to Be Your Own Doctor?

By Haider Warraich M.D. on August 14, 2017 in On Modern Medicine
Shared decision making is all the rage in medicine, with several recent studies espousing its benefits. But how ready, willing and able are patients to take on that role?
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Money on the Mind

Researchers are exploring the influence of historic income inequality on how we make choices and behave.

Working Conditions for Providers Affects Patient Health

Being flexible as employees meet their family needs is good for the health and well-being of workers. If those workers are healthcare providers, patients benefit also.

Yearning for the Romantic Road Not Taken

In “The Road Not Taken,” Frost refers to “the road less traveled” and “the road not taken.” Are the two notions identical? How does this distinction relate to the romantic realm?

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Team Player: Professor Shiller and Finance as Panacea

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Is modern finance a kind of engineering? Does it really power the economy? How big should the finance industry be?

Elasticity of Belief

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Adaptive Behavior
Attitudes based on little experience can be changed.

Why Women Want to Lose Weight

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
In subsistence societies, heavier women are perceived as fertile and sexually attractive. In developed countries, women strive to be more slender. Why?

Confessions of an Accidental Financial Therapist

By Teresa Ghilarducci Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in When I’m 64
How the retirement crisis makes an economist an accidental therapist.

The Most Popular Color in the World Just Got A Bit Trendier

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in General Intelligence
Consumer psychologists explore the power of the color blue

Kenneth Arrow

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on February 24, 2017 in Feeling Smart
From the Impossibility Theorem to Ken's WWII story.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

By Jefferson M Fish Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Looking in the Cultural Mirror
Sapiens provides insights into human behavior by tracing the history of our species from its emergence amidst other pre-humans through its journey to the present day.

The Biggest Psychological Mystery We Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Ambigamy
All of the biggest philosophical, theological, biological, psychological and sociological questions boiled down to one that most of us haven't heard nor thought about.
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10 Patterns of Addictive Behavior

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Science of Choice
The following list identifies several important behavioral patterns associated with addiction.

Greed Is Good?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Greed is good! Sharing is for Communists and losers! Do such maxims capture the essence of human social behavior?

The Psychological Roots of Our Current Hypocrisy Epidemic

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
We find it hard anxious work to seek the wisdom to know the difference between what to constrain and what to set free. Hypocrisy is the easy alternative to that hard work.

Getting Inside the Heads of Consumers

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in This Is America
Why does any product break out of the pack and keep on selling? What is the psychology of hits and the role of social networks through which markets can be reached?
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

Super Bowl Ads Wade into Politics

By The Research Lab on February 07, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Why would companies take a stand? By Julie Irwin, Ph.D.

The Anxiety of Globalization

By The Research Lab on February 06, 2017 in The Fundamentals
And leveraging human capital. By Moris Simson.
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Why Soft Skills Mean Hard Results in Business

Have you ever learned how to roll with the punches or get along with others? It’s never too late to learn new tricks. Here are 5 steps you can take to sharpen your soft skills.
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The Lure of the Special Occasion

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Science of Choice
Why is relapse so often preceded by the statement that this is a “special occasion”?

Why Have Super Bowl Ad Prices Doubled Since 2007?

By Utpal Dholakia on February 02, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
One big reason is growth of consumer engagement through social media.

From Function Head to CEO's Valued Adviser

From function head to CEO's valued business adviser. Ready to make the journey? We have a road map for you.
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How Breaking Up is Like Quitting Your Job

By Samantha Joel on January 31, 2017 in Dating Decisions
What do romantic breakups and employment "breakups" have in common? A lot, actually.

A New Kind of Clairvoyance

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on January 31, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
Your digital behavior now lets others predict your future

"A Vicious Cycle": The Paradox of Apologies and Lawsuits

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on January 30, 2017 in So Sue Me
Do apologies invite litigation? Or do apologies prevent litigation?

Just How Many Amazon MTurk Survey-Takers Are There?

Amazingly, Amazon doesn’t share the number. Other sources give us some idea, and the number is much smaller than we might expect.

Team Trump's Troubling Relationship with Truth

By Victor Lipman on January 26, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
It's common for business people to "spin" the facts a bit, but spinning and lying are very different.

The Neurochemistry of Power Conversations

You will recognize this situation: The boss gathers all the teams reporting to business unit heads, including you, for a meeting. Why doesn't it work?

Noblesse Oblige in a “Let Them Eat Cake” Nouveau Riche Era

By Christopher Bergland on January 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
All too often, a "greed is good" mentality makes people behave selfishly. This post presents anecdotal and empirical evidence that reaffirm the benefits of generosity and kindness.

How Donald Trumps Facts With Feelings

By Douglas Van Praet on January 23, 2017 in Unconscious Branding
If you were surprised by the election you shouldn't be. Campaigns are won by feelings not facts.

500 or 5,000 Jobs Lost: It's All the Same to Us

By Jeff Galak Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in The Psychology of Everyday Life
Job loss and growth is constantly being discussed in the media. Do we really understand how to interpret the numbers thrown at us? Maybe not.

Fat Cats Are Actually Slim

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
New research finds that people who are slim and tall are significantly more likely to buy stocks.

Marketing is Evil

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in How To Do Life
Marketers use many psychological ploys to make you buy what you shouldn't.