Essential Reads

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Seeing the Bigger Picture Can Promote Self-Control

From a distant perspective one sees the forest, but from a proximal perspective one sees trees.

What Motivates Us and Why

What methods work best to encourage people to strive for lofty goals?

A Fool and His or Her Money, Psychologically Speaking

Three cognitive biases that can lead to unwise financial decisions.
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The Collaborative Error That's Killing Innovation

By John Nosta on April 17, 2017 in The Digital Self
The problem with conventional collaboration is that it often drives us to more of an intellectual average than to true innovation.

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The Psychology of Effective Fundraising

Research on the psychology of fundraising can help you avoid these 4 common mistakes!

When Should You Go With Your Intuitions?

Do you trust your gut? Going with your intuitions can be dangerous in some situations. This article helps you see when you should go with your gut, and when you shouldn't.

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

Three Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

How well do you distinguish between incompetent people and defective processes?

Cultivating the Pasture They Put You Out To

The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.

Didgeridoo Dilemma

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in One Among Many
Are you ready to accept the risks of haggling?

Friends as Allies

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in One Among Many
Friends are allies, but not all allies are friends.

Will Your Next Car Drive Itself?

For success new technologies must create experiences that engage and satisfy consumers. Experience, not technology, determines whether we will buy and use a new product.

How Men Attract Women

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in The Human Beast
How men attract women is a much more difficult question than vice-versa because women are both more selective, and also more individualistic in what they want.

Why Do Some People Deny Climate Change?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 17, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How can people deny climate change? The evidence is extremely strong, and the danger is clear and present. Research gives clues as to what factors are really at play.

Scarcity Makes Everything Desirable

Scarcity contributes to an interesting and a meaningful life.

In Defense of United Airlines

The fiasco of dragging a passenger off a plane needs more tempered reaction.

The High Cost of Receptivity

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 11, 2017 in Ambigamy
Don't pretend that you're exceptionally ready to change your mind.

Positive Heuristics

Researchers are looking at heuristics the wrong way — as sources of bias and error. In fact, they are powerful strategies for making inferences under uncertainty and ambiguity.
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Eating Too Much? Your Table Made You Do It

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Scientocracy
The key to healthy eating is to make self-control effortless.

Paying Income Taxes Makes Us Happy

When we pay taxes, it triggers reward areas in our brain & is associated with greater well-being.

Wanting Less, So Long As Others Don't Get More

If others get more, would we prefer to get nothing?

10 Strategies for Developing Self-Control

Self-control strategies are considered key drivers of behavior change to promote healthier behavior.

With Two Sides to Everything It’s Dangerous to Ignore One

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in Ambigamy
Here's a simple trick for making decisions you won't regret.

The Caring Effect

Great leaders identify, measure, recognize, and reward meaningful efforts and achievements. Why should managers and leaders celebrate more?
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Singletons
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Or what your patient is not telling?

The Serenity Prayer and 16 Variations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Serenity Prayer is extraordinary moral guidance, not some unworkable "always do X" rule, but a way to frame up a fundamental judgment call we all have to make over and over.

A Really Big Question Part 2

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Ambigamy
Two friends happen to meet at a coffee shop and get talking about the meaning of life. They end up opening a giant worm can of wondering.

Cultivating Smarter Prejudices

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Ambigamy
An exploration of what prejudice really is, why we need it, how prejudices go wrong, and how to argue for better prejudices.

Want to Avoid Bad Decisions? It’s All About Framing

No one wants to make bad decisions. These tips will help you avoid them.

Strong and Kind Negotiation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in How To Do Life
An interview with negotiations expert Seth Freeman.

Can Modern People Survive in the Wild?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
The history of European explorers contains nasty stories of intelligent people failing to adapt to harsh new environments. One exception may be Viking colony in Greenland.

Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How

By Nir Eyal on March 07, 2017 in Automatic You
Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. This article provides practical research-backed tips for staying focused.

If I Were a Rich Man, the Inner Dimension

This is something all of us can do: align our actions with our values, even when it means stepping outside our comfort zone, and reaching out to others.