Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
The Neuroscientist Who’s Building a Better Memory for Humans In an epysode of the dystopian near-future series, Black Mirror, a small, implantable device behind the ear grants the ability to remember, access, and replay every moment of your life in … Continue reading Simulating memories
Time for Wall Street to Produce Products for People, Not Robots Investors have a tendency to unnecessarily intervene and rebalance their portfolios, which often results in long-term underperformance (see chart below). As Morningstar has eloquently put it, investors “suffer[ing] from … Continue reading People are not robots
Matching Kidney Donors with Those Who Need Them—and Other Explorations in Economics Each year, more than 100,000 people in the United States need a kidney transplant. Less than 20 percent of them get one. On average, 13 people die each … Continue reading The market of kidneys
The Power Of Saying ‘I Don’t Know’ We are conditioned to having and providing quick, confident answers as a sign of competence and leadership. We behave as though any gaps in knowledge should be hidden at all cost. But is … Continue reading The risks of assuming to know
Why do people make bad decisions? ‘Information avoidance’ can explain Investors avoid looking at their financial portfolios when the stock market falls. People at risk of health conditions neglect to take medical tests even when they are free. Voters avoid … Continue reading Are you bad at decision-making?
Five Scientific Reasons Why So Many Productivity Hacks Fail As the chief scientist at a Fortune 25 health care company, it was my job to put behavioral science to good use in the workplace. For a number of reasons, that … Continue reading How to activate good intentions