Brag Wisely In early 2016, Princeton University professor Johannes Haushofer posted a “CV of failures” on his professional website. In the document, he posted a long list of positions, grants, and awards that he had applied for and been rejected … Continue reading Do you hide your failures?
Neuromodulation of the Cerebellum Influences Social Behavior A potentially game-changing new study on mice by neuroscientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) reports that social impairments can be improved by brain stimulation of targeted areas in the cerebellum. This study, … Continue reading Motor control vs. social behavior
The Secret to Weight Loss According to Behavioral Economics Losing weight is incredibly difficult. People who have put on unwanted pounds need all the help they can get to trim their waistlines. Will behavioral economics come to their rescue? Behavioral … Continue reading How to upset the set point
New analysis suggests most Milgram participants realised the “obedience experiments” were not really dangerous Stanley Milgram’s experiments in the 1960s – in which ordinary volunteers followed a scientist’s instruction to give what they apparently thought was a deadly electric shock … Continue reading Engaged followership
Behavioral insights are key to retirement success When University of Chicago Economist Richard H. Thaler was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for his seminal role in behavioral economics, it came as no surprise to those of us working in the … Continue reading The retirement challenge
Insurers Hope Insurtech Will ‘Nudge’ Customers to Less Risky Behaviors Insurers are counting on real-time technology to help them cut back payouts, from a system warning ships of nearby pirates to an app offering to buy sleepy drivers a coffee … Continue reading How to encourage safer behavior
Policy shouldn’t rely on economic theory, but on data about actual human behavior The tax overhaul bill before Congress has a professed rationale that rests on economic theory. As neuroscientists who study decision making, we would like to raise a … Continue reading Truly rational policy