Essential Reads

A Voice of Moderation in the Time of Trump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Robert Samuelson, a self-described “messy moderate.”

What is Psychology’s Single Most Brilliant Discovery?

What is the most profoundly important thing we've learned from 150 years of scientific psychology? Here is one nomination.

Cheat to Keep or Cheat to Reap?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Consumed
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

More Posts on Behavioral Economics

The 5 Most Common Reasons We Procrastinate

The path of least resistance isn't always the best path to take.

2 Reasons Growth Rate Numbers Can Mislead Us

Using incorrect measures & ignoring the base size can lead to wrong conclusions.
By Charlesjsharp (Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

5 Reasons People Fail to Follow Through on Health Goals

The most basic consequence of behaving inconsistently is that we are strangers to ourselves.

Go the Distance! From Distrust to Trust

By Judith E. Glaser on June 14, 2016 in Conversational Intelligence
Daily we see headlines that suggest we are becoming mired in distrust, at high cost to our organizations.

Popular Sociopathways

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Ambigamy
Some of us act like life is war, no room for negotiation, as if we won't survive unless we compete as aggressively as possible. How do we get like this? And could it happen to you?

How Can We Prevent Regret About Our Charity?

How can we prevent unscrupulous people from taking advantage of our charity?
By steffen heilfort - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2844159

10 Reasons We Rush for Immediate Gratification

In the same way that preferences for food items differ across people, so do preferences for time.

A Letter to Therapists 2: Finance Language Lessons

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 06, 2016 in In Therapy
“If you knew my income, my debt, my bad decisions, my cover-ups, you definitely wouldn’t like me.”

The Snake, the Dog and the Calculator

Online behavior: To persuade someone of something we need to target the three layers of the brain.

How Your Childhood Affects Your Money Today

By Michael F. Kay on June 02, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Your past holds the secret key to unlocking the reasons why you are either stumbling or strutting in your money life.

The Best Managers Keenly Understand the Power of Teamwork

By Victor Lipman on June 01, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A common challenge in the corporate world is low "collaboration EQ." But very little gets accomplished in business without the support of other people - often many other people.

Compassionate Health Care Is Wise Health Care

By Thomas Gilovich, Ph.D., and Lee Ross, Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in The Wisest One in the Room
Some worry that providing "compassionate care" to homeless patients in the ER might them more likely to use emergency services for conditions better treated elsewhere. It doesn't.

What Mr. Trump’s Success Teaches Us About Authentic Branding

An authentic brand is a powerful differentiator and persuades target customers. But it is difficult to pull off.

Debate Like It's 2028

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 31, 2016 in Ambigamy
Debates aren't won in the present but the future when outcomes are revealed. Here's a quick tip on how to shift a debate's focus to the future and what really counts.

A Letter to Therapists: Beware of Financial Stress

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on May 30, 2016 in In Therapy
Despite all of our research and experience, the field of psychology continues to ignore an issue hidden in plain sight.

Cracking the Shell for Better Money Habits

Well, you may approach money the same way I approached my breakfast: fumbling, stumbling, sometimes getting it right and sometimes complete disaster.

Will FDA’s Nutritional Label Changes Affect Buyer Behavior?

Studies about consumers’ use of nutrition labels suggest a need for skepticism.

Are Corporations Inherently Psychopathic?

It has been said that corporations have "neither bodies to kick nor souls to damn." Can we diagnose psychopathy in non-human entities?

Why Is Budweiser Changing Its Brand Name to "America"?

There is some marketing logic behind the brand name change, but there are also many question marks.

Put That Muffin Down, I Said!

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in Baffled by Numbers
Your car tells you to buy a banana instead of a muffin. Futuristic nightmare? Joseph Kvedar, MD, author of ‘The Internet of Healthy Things’ thinks the future is here.

How "The Self-Made Man" Myth Feeds the American Dream

By Ray Williams on May 15, 2016 in Wired for Success
Our beliefs in the “self-made man,” and "the American Dream" largely myths, don’t serve society well, and may perpetuate economic and social inequality.

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