Essential Reads

The Bonus Effect

By Alfie Kohn on September 27, 2016 in The Homework Myth
If you're told "Do this, and you'll get that," you're likely to become less interested in "this" -- and more interested in "that." Especially if "that" turns out to be money.

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.

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An Explanation for Trump's Appeal

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 29, 2016 in Fighting Fear
An examination of those aspects of personality and behavior that have led to Donald Trump's success. A comparison to an incident long ago that also had political implications.

Everyday Delusions of Success

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 in The Human Beast
Clinical delusions involve a sharp break with reality. Delusions of everyday living are milder. They are a mark of psychological health and well-being.

Money Can Feed Your Heart and Soul As Well As Your Belly

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 in Emotional Currency
Take off your blindfolds about money and discover if how you spend money is in sync with what you value in the world.

Panic-Shopping: The Psychology of the Bread-Milk-Eggs Rush

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on January 23, 2016 in Happy Trails
Winter-weather behavior, explained.

Watching Waiters' Weights

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on January 22, 2016 in Consumed
When small differences carry heavy effects

Seed Money

By Kate Levinson Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 in Emotional Currency
The dark time of the year is the time to plant seeds in our psyches--including seed money.

Employee Development: Often Overlooked, Always Appreciated

By Victor Lipman on January 20, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Research shows employee development is both highly valued and highly neglected. When I recently overlooked its importance, an old friend quickly took me to task on it.

The Hidden Message of the University of Missouri Scandal

Was the University of Missouri scandal, leading to the President's and Chancellor's departure, about racism? Political correctness? Student activism? Or something more important?

When Teamwork Backfires

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 in Good Thinking
Work productivity soars when men and women work on the same team. But men are more likely to get the credit.

The Oscars Boycott and the Psychology of Race in Movies

Racial bias in newspaper critics means films with a black lead actor and all white supporting cast are scored approximately on average 6 percent lower in movie reviews

10 Steps to Great Customer Service

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 in The Why Behind the Buy
Bad customer service is maddening. Here's what you can do to always get the best possible responses from the companies you deal with.
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Figuring Out What You Really Want

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on January 15, 2016 in Science of Choice
We often want something not for its own sake but to achieve some other goal.

Dirty Talk

By Michael F. Kay on January 15, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Talking about money is tough. Not about what it buys or how much a celebrity makes, but two people having a head-to-head, heart-to-heart discussion about what money means to them

How to Turn a Cold Call into a Warm Call?

Anybody who has ever practiced cold calls knows what resistance and avoidance mean and how they feel. But why don’t people want to be sold, though they love to buy?

The Surest Way to Spot a Good Manager

By Victor Lipman on January 14, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A good manager can be the sole difference between an enjoyable job and an unpleasant one. Practical tips to help you find a winner in the future.

UK Government Uses Psychology To Destroy Medical Profession

It might be better to endure a brief strike and negotiate reasonable terms, than to create a split between employees by delaying agreements and hardening the fault line.

Why Saving Goals Don’t Always Help Consumers

Research shows goals to save money can backfire, unless they are used carefully by savers.

What Maine Can Learn from Lowell, Massachusetts

By The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on January 12, 2016 in Sound Science, Sound Policy
All of this is very much about how we learn from each other to create a vibrant economic future. And it is also about how we do so without losing the past.

The Psychology Behind the Doctors Strike in the UK

Strikes can also serve a psychological function, because if the union were never to strike, the employer would always offer the lowest possible remuneration...

Music in Shops

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 in A Sideways View
Change a shoppers mood and you change their behaviour. That is why shops use smells and sounds to make us react and hopefully get us spending more

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

The fashion industry has adapted to our speed-of-light lifestyle, at a very high price. Fast fashion is killing us. Here's why.

Why You Should Consider Making Love to Your Ears

Having a hard time doing what's good for you? Gamifying and Mimifying to the rescue!

The Perks of Being an X-File-ophile

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on January 04, 2016 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
After binge-watching all 202 episodes of the original X-files series, I have learned (or re-learned) 6 basic truths.

Duct Tape and WD40 for Relationships

There's a saying that there are only two tools anyone needs in life: duct tape and WD40. Are there tools that basic for relationship maintenance?

Three Reasons Why Pets Don't Lower Health Care Costs

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on January 04, 2016 in Animals and Us
An industry study claims that the medical benefits of owning pets save Americans $12 billion dollars a year on health care costs. Here are the reasons they might be wrong.

Why Calm Management is Good Management

By Victor Lipman on January 03, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
These five traits of good leaders are underrated - but effective.

Mexican Standoff

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on January 02, 2016 in One Among Many
The Mexican Standoff is a cinematic trope and a hopeless trap from a psychological perspective – unless you add foresight.

A Shredded Life

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on December 31, 2015 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology
Rarely does one have the opportunity to measure the passage of time by the hours.
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Money and Happiness

Happiness research by economists offers interesting insight, but no final resolution, to the problem of the hedonic treadmill.

Why Do Women’s Products & Services Cost More?

Some reasons for a pink tax on women are legitimate but others stem from crafty marketing practices.