Essential Reads

Do You Overeat? You Might Want to Blame Childhood Stress

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Eating only when you are hungry: That’s a real luxury.

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.

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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?

By Judith E. Glaser on January 14, 2016 in Conversational Intelligence
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

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 in Baffled by Numbers
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.

Celebration Time

By Judith E. Glaser on December 28, 2015 in Conversational Intelligence
Neuroscience explains what impact you as a leader can have on healthy physical and emotional changes in your team by having positive celebrations and intelligent conversations.

The Claim: People Don't Want Economic Equality

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on December 24, 2015 in Good Thinking
A recent Atlantic essay argued that people don't really want equality. We want fairness. So when is inequality considered unfair?

The Psychology of Christmas Presents

Females are disproportionately active as Christmas gift givers, giving 84% of all gifts, and receiving only 61%...

There’s Gold in Them Thar Kitchens

This past week, the CDC released a report on a 59-year-old Iowa man who got sick trying to extract precious metals from scrap computer parts, by cooking mercury on a kitchen stove.

Is Christmas Killing the Planet?

According to sources cited by Carol Farbotko and Lesley Head, Santa Claus as a myth developed as a method for removing perceived commercial taint during the festive season.

The Magic Trifecta of World-Class Gifting

By Kit Yarrow Ph.D. on December 19, 2015 in The Why Behind the Buy
A trio of psychological buttons that world-class gifters know how to push.

Making Ends Meet

By E E Smith on December 19, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
So far, so good. The first interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve in nearly a decade has been mostly shrugged off by Wall Street.

Why Health Insurance is Now a Bigger Nightmare Than Ever

By Victor Lipman on December 18, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
Does it seem even remotely reasonable that a married couple earning $63,000 a year could spend $33,000 in premiums and out-of-pocket expenses? Welcome to health insurance in 2015.

John Lewis Lost the Christmas Ad Crown, but Why?

By Patrick Fagan on December 18, 2015 in Money On Your Mind
Every year prior, John Lewis has used psychology to win the Christmas advertising battle in the UK. But this year, it has been beaten both rationally and emotionally.

Give Yourself and Your Loved Ones the Best Holiday Gift Ever

By Michael F. Kay on December 17, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Every year, the same hysteria arises. The over-the-top "need" to spend more money than is rational—leading to January misery.