Essential Reads

The Border Fence Principle

9% of Americans don't know what country New Mexico is in. Those who are bad at geography are more likely to favor building a border fence.

Children Are Not Career Killers, But…

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Singletons
Waiting just a few years to start your family makes a big difference in income gains or losses. Is there one age that’s better than others?

An Appreciation for Trump and Blue Bicycles

Trump and blue bicycles are an invitation for personal and societal exploration

Too Many Employees Feel the Need to "Cover" Their Identities

By Victor Lipman on May 03, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Data show large numbers of employees conceal their true identities at work. That's not good for the employees - or for productivity.

More Posts on Behavioral Economics

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!

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
In an age of exponential growth that is rapidly approaching a technological “singularity”, what we need to do is a little 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 on May 10, 2016 in Feeling Smart
A useful trick to deal with overspending

Homelessness: What the Research Gets Wrong

By focusing on what is wrong with "the homeless, however, we risk following the classic steps of blaming the victim

Bernoulli and the Taxman, Part II: Fair (and Painless)?

Income tax is a psychological as well as an economic problem. Is it fair? Does it provide the right incentives? Here's a simple way to think about a needlessly complex problem.

Enforced Trust

You think your doctor and lawyer will take care of you. And often they do. But then again, they also have to worry about the bottom line.

Why Was Kennedy’s Love-Making Always Very Brief?

Choosing a romantic partner is a tricky business. A common questionable criterion for doing so—to aim high—often confuses the best person with the most suitable partner.

Measuring Success in the Game of Life

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on May 08, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
What happens to society when we create games that define losers? Reimagine the rules of life so that each of us can define our own success without comparing with others.

Retirement—Dealing With Uncertainty and Fear

If you are like most people, you find comfort in a certain level of stability and routine. Retirement can be a source of great anxiety and uncertainty.

3 Ways to Improve the Conversation on Economic Policy

We need to stop asking who has a right to our generosity and ask instead who is included in “we.”

Your Hormones and Making (Or Losing) Money

We think cold logic determines how we spend or make our money. But our hormones may be influencing us in ways we don't know, if results on financial traders applies to us all.

The Two Ways We Shop For Psychological Insights

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Ambigamy
Psychological therapy and psychological science have different goals. It's useful to be clear on the difference.

What Do Workers Really Want?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in The Human Beast
A lot of Americans are feeling disgruntled about how they are treated in the current economy – as highlighted by the popularity of presidential candidates like Sanders and Trump.
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The Power of Small Decisions

Choices that create an undesirable way of life are made one day at a time.

Inside the Mind of a Risk Taker

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Good Thinking
"The take home message from these success stories is not just that perseverance pays off. It is that successful entrepreneurs are not risk-takers, they are calculated risk-takers."

Exploring Influence Versus Control With Adolescents

By James Ullrich on April 25, 2016 in The Modern Time Crunch
Parents run headlong into brick walls of resistance employing the tried and tested ways that worked before. Try adjusting the approach to one based on motivation and negotiation.

Do You Know How to Be Practical?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
A self-assessment inventory that may help you decide if and how you want to be more practical.

Bernoulli and the Taxman, Part I: Fair Tax

By John Staddon, Ph.D. on April 24, 2016 in Adaptive Behavior
Psychology can help design a fair income tax

Are You Hearing Truth?

By Michael F. Kay on April 21, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
It might be tough to admit, but many of us prefer to hear what we want rather than the unvarnished truth.

Why Do So Many Americans Actually Like Paying Taxes?

Research from psychology, economics, and political science provides some thought-provoking answers.