There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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The psychology of what we buy, how we choose, and why we need to make sense of it all.
Alain Samson Ph.D.
These simple challenges are proven to create “aha moments” about rationality and bias. Why not try them at work?
How a problem is framed influences how much risk we're willing to tolerate—but culture plays a part, too.
Does the gig economy encourage spending?
Whether it’s a sports drink or COVID-19 vaccine, people often think that others will benefit more from consumer products. Why?
Do you have trouble completing big projects? Behavioral science can nudge you over the finish line.
How the pandemic has enabled research on the effects of social pressure in sports.
Does the fear of sanctions make people follow social distancing rules?
Has the pandemic hastened a need for professional ethics in behavioral science?
Behavioral science is sometimes accused of focusing on what people get wrong. During the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s also ask why and how people are getting it right.
Putting on a happy face is unlikely to turn you into Joaquin Phoenix's "Joker." But faking your emotions can have profound effects on your thoughts and feelings.
How to decide what to give your family and friends this holiday season.
Can money buy positive habits? Rewards can contribute to behavior change in four key ways.
Anchoring is a psychological bias that can leave a lasting mark that's difficult to correct.
Are you thinking about transitioning from academia to practice as a behavioral scientist? Here are five challenges to prepare for.
Find out what the pain of paying may mean to you—and why it matters.
The boundaries between behavioral economics and social psychology have become increasingly blurred in practice. What differences remain?
"Hot hands" and "fallacious gambles" with an interpersonal twist.
About to file your taxes? Make the moment count!
New research shows how much consumers value digital vs physical media.
When you think about money, think it through.
The thin ideal turns big people into big spenders.
When ignorance is bliss: How much would you pay to avoid potentially threatening information?
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.
Slow to hit the purchase button? Here’s how you may be nudged to buy.
An uncertain world requires simple decision-making processes.
New insights on scoring in the men's room
When small differences carry heavy effects
You are probably concerned about the privacy of your information online, but do you act accordingly? Here's why you may not.
How understanding the taken-for-granted can enrich behavioral science
What's the state of your bad decision making? Read Dan Ariely's exclusive take on irrationality and its consequences.
Alain Samson, Ph.D., is the founder of the Behavioral Economics Group and editor of the Behavioral Economics Guide, which is available on his domain, BehavioralEconomics.com.