Essential Reads

Sex, Power, and Risk

By Joye Swan Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in Up Close and Personal
When it comes to power in sexual relationships, who really controls what goes on in the bedroom?

Man's Fate

By Allen J Frances M.D. on October 18, 2016 in Saving Normal
Easter Island tells us all we need to know about our greatness and our fallibility- and also about our prognosis as a species.

What Great Parents Do: Are You Doing It?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Singletons
75 Bite-size chunks of sensible strategies for raising children. How many do you use?

Can We Trust the Decision Researchers?

By Gary Klein Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Seeing What Others Don't
The Heuristics and Biases (HB) movement has had a tremendous influence and has generated the field of Behavioral Economics. However, the HB community has its own set of biases.

More Posts on Behavioral Economics

How Much Money Should You Spend On a Wedding Gift?

Economics & psychological perspectives provide us with different spending values in response to this common question.

Willy Wonka and Financial Happiness

By Michael F. Kay on October 21, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Do you have the discipline to make your dreams become reality?
J. Krueger

Why Teach More?

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in One Among Many
Professors teach because they love it (and make a living). Therefore, they will teach more when the opportunity arises, no?

How the Trump Foundation Scandal Hurts the Nonprofit Sector

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Emotional intelligence research shows how you can be in danger due to scandals that have nothing to do with you!

Pre-Suasion: Before You Try to Persuade Someone…

In Pre-Suasion, Robert Cialdini asks: What is most important if you want to persuade? Hint: it’s not so much what’s IN your message, as in what happens in the moment just BEFORE.

Earth Home Economics: Rebecca Adamson and “Enoughness"

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 16, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
"If you don’t change directions, you’re going to end up where you’re headed.” The words Rebecca Adamson's mother told her as a child find new meaning in a globalized world.

The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on October 12, 2016 in What the Luck?
Is success a curse?

The Emotions of Luxury

Emotions are the foundation of why consumers are attracted to luxury brands. And the luxury emotions of the very rich are different than those of the rest of us.

The Psychology of the American Dream

The American Dream is an optimistic, motivating force that propels people to achieve and accomplish things that we might otherwise not strive for.

What’s It All About, Alfie? (And Fred)

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
Are schedules of reinforcement an accurate template for education? Or is operant conditioning irrelevant? Is education all about 'intrinsic motivation'?

The Subtle but Very Real Human Costs of Reorganizations

By Victor Lipman on October 06, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Reorganizations have become almost a form of corporate sport. Beyond the obvious costs for consultants and retraining, they often entail unintended long-term human costs.

Intelligence Is No Bar to Irrationality

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on October 06, 2016 in Am I Right?
Have you ever wondered why smart people do irrational things?

The Psychology of Being Middle Class

Poll after poll reveals that most Americans think they’re part of the middle class even if they’re clearly not.

Dealing With Financial Woes During Life Transitions

By Michael F. Kay on October 06, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Dealing with financial issues during periods of significant change can be nearly difficult, if not impossible.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with Nobel Prize winner, Robert Shiller

3 Decision-Making Principles I Taught My Son

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How recent research on behavioral economics can help you make better decisions

Why Do We Panic in Emergencies?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Media Spotlight
In virtually every disaster, there is always the risk of mass panic which can often cause more casualties than the disaster itself. Can new research help prevent this?

Groping for Sex and More Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
Terror Management Theory (TMT) offers a scientific way of understanding the spellbinding effects of Donald Trump's fantasies..

How Powerful Is Status Quo Bias?

By Rob Henderson on September 29, 2016 in After Service
Research sheds light on our resistance to change.

Why Lending With Interest Is Felt to Be Immoral

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Cui Bono
A mismatch between evolved feelings about fairness in exchanges and modern economic practices might eventually lead to a revolution against the current political/economic system.

Will Trolls Inherit The Earth?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Ambigamy
Trolls take cheap shots, any easy path to attack and self-defense. There's a troll epidemic now. Here's a possible historical explanation for their risky rise.

Medical Errors - A New Leading Cause of Death

Each year, one out of every four hospital patients in the United states will be harmed by the care they receive. Simple cost-free safety behaviors could cut these deaths in half.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Bah, Humbug?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Many people focus on the pursuit of happiness, but there are other options. It's up to you.

Trust Your Gut—There's Nothing Woo-Woo About the Vagus Nerve

By Christopher Bergland on September 23, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study found that financial traders who trust their gut feelings and have grace under pressure are more successful. What is the physiological explanation for this phenomenon?

Deciding When to Demand Change

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Ambigamy
They say, "Stand strong. Don't lower your standards" and "Accept reality. Don't fight it." Just rarely in the same breath. The Serenity Prayer shows how to handle these opposites.

Five Easy Steps to Recharge Your Money Life

By Michael F. Kay on September 22, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
Along with the flying calendar pages comes the feeling that you’re running out of time to accomplish all those financial goals you’d so optimistically planned out last January.

Do We Control Our Own Purchasing Habits?

By Liraz Margalit Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Behind Online Behavior
Flaws in our decision-making ability are fuel for the market. In certain situations we are especially susceptible to external influences.

“Burnout”: The Indelicate Reality of Job Exhaustion

By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Envy This!
“Burnout” sounds like a dirty word, but work-life imbalance is becoming an ever-increasing reality in the workforce.

Seasons Change. So Do Laws and Regulations

It’s clear that the legal and regulatory climate of our world is changing. Whether you run a masonry firm or a medical office, the changes are everywhere.

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?