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How Technology is Tricking You Into Tipping More

Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips. Here's how...

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

6 Keys for Narcissists to Change Toward the Higher Self

Self-aware narcissists have the potential to change for the better. Here are six essential keys...

Confident Communication Skills for Introverts

Are you an introvert who would like to strengthen your communication skills? The key to communication success for introverts is not to act like an extrovert, but to leverage the qualities of introversion with empowering communication skills, so you can achieve the best impact with minimum stress...

Instant Gratification, Instant Fear

By Russ Gerber on October 10, 2014 in Our Health
Common ground for combating passion and panic.

Another "Law" of Economics Bites the Dust

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on October 10, 2014 in Hidden Motives
“Since the 1970s, economic orthodoxy has argued for low tariffs, free capital flows, elimination of industrial subsidies, deregulation of labor markets, balanced budgets and low inflation.” But does it work?

Reliving Your Past

By Michael F. Kay on October 09, 2014 in Financial Life Focus
The secret to creating positive change might lie in our memory and our imagination for a better future.

Lab Successfully Grows Penises for Human Transplantation

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 08, 2014 in The Squeaky Wheel
Now that we have the capability to transplant a penis, who should benefit?

Do You Take Your Relationship for Granted? Congratulations!

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 07, 2014 in In the Name of Love
People are often advised not to take their romantic partners for granted; this advice is wrong when love is profound and trust prevails.

Your Child’s Engagement with Technology: Test Your Savvy

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 07, 2014 in Singletons
Devices have become a centerpiece in modern families. Are they interfering with how children and teens develop? Test your savvy.

About Morality, Are You Old-School or New-School?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 06, 2014 in Ambigamy
Brenda has unconventional beliefs but an old-school approach to morality: Find the moral formula and police yourself and others to conform to it. Heather has traditional beliefs but a new-school approach to morality: Embrace broad universal moral standards, and negotiate the rest as a matter of personal preference. Are you more like Brenda or Heather?

Today, I Cured ADHD

Using a smart phone, a love of nature and a little bit of adventure to battle ADHD

How to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence ― 6 Essentials

Emotional Intelligence (EQ or EI) can be defined as the ability to understand, manage, and effectively express one's own feelings, as well as engage and navigate successfully with those of others. Here are six keys to increasing your emotional intelligence...

Why Don't We Consume Ethically?

By Ian Zimmerman Ph.D. on October 04, 2014 in Sold?
Values, complex decision factors, and the perception of your own actions as insignificant can result in less ethical consumption.

Who Do You Trust?

By Ulrich Boser on October 03, 2014 in The Social Trust
The sorry state of social trust

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on October 03, 2014 in Glue
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people's priorities take center stage. Fortunately, there's a smarter approach.

The Psychology of Choice

People love to have many options, even if they only exist in theory. When asked, who wouldn’t prefer to choose from five different items rather than two? Intuitively, people feel that the more options they have, the greater their chances are of finding the choice that will perfectly satisfy their needs. But this intuitive assumption turns out to be misguided.

Are Selfies and Smartphones the New Comfort Food?

Millennials have an almost compulsive attachment to all things digital. Using Phillip Cushman's concept of the "empty self," we can try to understand this behavior by considering whether it is an unconscious way of compensating for what is not being provided in the culture and society in which they live.

The Best Leaders Are Always Self-Aware

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2014 in Mind of the Manager
"How would you experience your actions if you were on the receiving end?" It's a critical question for anyone in a management role to ask himself or herself. A new book explores the role of self-awareness in business leadership.

Feeling Conflicted?

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on October 01, 2014 in Science of Choice
An important idea in behavioral is that our behavior seems to be controlled by a narrow-minded “doers” who cares about immediate gratification and a farsighted “planner” who is concerned with the long-term satisfaction.

The Sunshine Act and What It Means to You

The public now has the ability to see specific payments made by pharmaceutical companies to individual physicians. The question now is what to do with that information.

Why We Cannot Trust Political Pundits, or Ourselves

By Peter A. Ubel on October 01, 2014 in Scientocracy
None of us perceive the world objectively. Our sense are contaminated by our hopes. Our vision is clouded by our biases.

Nudge: The Real Ethical Debate?

Is all the discuss around the ethics of nudging missing the key point? In this blog I argue that it often is and suggest an alternative focus for this ethical attention.

Struggling with Substance Abuse/Addiction during Pregnancy

Friends of mine who are mothers and addicts in recovery say that one of the most horrifying experiences of their lives was using during pregnancy. They knew what they were doing might hurt their unborn children, but they could not stop.

When Statistics are Seriously Sexy

Maybe you don’t think of statistics as sexy. But Christian Rudder's new book "Dataclysm" might very well change your mind about that. He has mined the data from the clicks and messages of millions of online daters to reveal some surprising patterns of human choice, and he argues convincingly that Big Data can tell us things that traditional scientific methods can not.

That Person Behind You is Stealing Your Pin Number

By Thomas P Keenan MA, M.Sc., Ed.D on September 30, 2014 in Technocreep
Infrared cameras are moving from the world of house inspectors and border guards into the hands of the general public. For $350 you can now buy one at the Apple store. Like most technologies, we haven't fully considered the implications. But the bad guys have. Already, they're snapping pictures of pinpads to track where your fingers have just been. And worse!

Don't Override Your Gut; Train It For Wiser Intuitions

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 30, 2014 in Ambigamy
Your gut is not infallible hardwired, under your direct control or under anyone else's control. Your gut can get wiser. Here are three questions that get it wiser faster.

Precision and Persuasion in Negotiation

How the numbers we choose to ask for raises, sell our cars, or negotiate might just be dead wrong. Fortunately, there's a simple fix.

How Long Until the California Legislature Gets It

By Richard Taite on September 30, 2014 in Ending Addiction for Good
Yet again, the California legislature makes a terrific blunder with SB1283, showing the electorate that they have no idea how to deal with the dangerous problem of synthetic drugs, in this case, synthetic marijuana and speed. Known as Spice, K2, or by a myriad of other names, synthetic marijuana has been a “legal” substitute to the real thing.

The Politics and Subjective Well-Being Paradox Explored

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on September 29, 2014 in Beyond the Cubicle
We are definitely not suggesting people adopt conservative views in order to be happy. This could actually be detrimental to all citizens because countries actually need a good deal of citizens with liberal political orientations to continue to fight for and advance the causes that are representative of liberal governments.

How Many “iRules” Should Your Family Have?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 29, 2014 in Singletons
Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to thrive.

How to Let Go of Negative Thoughts & Emotions: Self-Blame

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on September 28, 2014 in Communication Success
All of us make mistakes in life. When you look back at your past deeds, perhaps there were decisions and actions you regret. There may have been unfortunate errors in judgment. You may have caused harm to yourself and/or others. Here’s an exercise to help you let go and move on...