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The hidden forces that shape how and what we buy
Matt Johnson Ph.D.
What is controlled fury, and how can we cultivate it?
What can the late, great James Gandolfini teach us about how to be angry?
How can individuals and organizations recognize and harness the impact that mimetic desire has on them?
The "Mimetic Theory of Desire" posits that desire is fundamentally social: We want what other people want. How does this play out on social media?
What is the relationship between our thoughts and our mental health? Dr. Diana Hill Weighs in.
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)? And how does it relate to other psychological perspectives, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness?
People tend to see their future selves as distant strangers. Connecting with their future selves can lead to better decision-making.
How can an anthropological perspective help us better understand the current state of atomization? Design anthropologist Adam Gamwell weighs in.
How can we uncover cultural assumptions, linguistic nuance, and unspoken social taboos? Cultural anthropology may provide an important perspective.
How does thinking about the very long-term future impact our psychology?
Recognizing the role of luck presents a fuller picture of our own success. This perspective isn’t just more comprehensive - it’s also good for us.
We tend to assume that if someone becomes wealthy, it reflects something about them as a person, and not something about their circumstance. Should we question this assumption?
Cities are one of the most important features of human civilization, and they shape our lives in profound and mysterious ways.
Why do we feel the pull of our phones even when we're not using them? It all comes down to the psychology of digital discontent.
Love it or hate it, hipster culture poses a key question: Why do attempts to be different all end up looking the same?
Why would someone wear a Justin Beiber shirt to a death metal show, or a "Vegan" hat to a steakhouse? The answer comes down to the strange psychology of irony.
Across cultures and across time, the underdog story is simply irresistible. Why is the psychology of the underdog so captivating?
What is executive coaching? An opportunity to uncover new dimensions of problem-solving, cultivate new skills, and overcome hurdles as part of a tailored plan of growth.
Intrinsic motivation is the drive that comes purely from within, pushing us forward regardless of any external reward. How can we harness this?
What sounds more appealing: Patagonian toothfish or Chilean seabass? Goosefish or monkfish? It all comes down to the name.
The film industry has always tried to use data to better anticipate the audience's response. But now in the era of big data, does this trump an appreciation for human creativity?
People with unique skillsets force us to question the supposed divide between art and science. Dr. Radhika Patnala helps us understand this transformation.
There is one aspect of book-buying that e-commerce can't touch: the psychology of the bookstore experience. Can it save bookstores?
As AI becomes more advanced, ethical questions become more important. How should this power be wielded? A tech ethicist can help us navigate this space.
Authenticity is held in high regard. But what do we actually mean when we say we're being our authentic, true self?
Zombies present us with a key question: Why are humans conscious, but zombies aren't? A new theory weighs in on the psychology of consciousness.
The story of airline safety videos is a strange cocktail of regulation, competition, and innovation. Underneath it all is a rare window into human attention.
The more endangered a site becomes, the more we want to visit it. And the more we visit, the more it's damaged. How can we overcome the paradox of doom tourism?
If we're brutally honest, the only thing we can be sure about is our own consciousness. How do we get beyond that and experience the perspectives of others?
You’ve lost your keys before. You’ve lost memories before. But losing your self? The curious case of Ansel Bourne teaches us how fragile the "self" can be.
Matt Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer, speaker, and professor at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, California. He is the author of Blindsight: The (Mostly) Hidden Ways Marketing Reshapes our Brains.