An Easy Way to Prevent a Traffic Jam To prevent a traffic jam, just let everyone cut in front of you. Yes? Yes. If drivers can effortlessly change lanes, then they have no need to slow down. Consequently, no one … Continue reading Traffic Problems and Solutions
Still ticking: The improbable survival of the luxury watch business On 17 March 2016, the watch manufacturer Breitling opened a lavish new stall at Baselworld, the world’s biggest watch fair, to show off its latest marvels. There was the Avenger … Continue reading When time was still our friend
Inside Psychology’s ‘Methodological Terrorism’ Debate It isn’t every day that an academic researcher publicly compares some of her colleagues to terrorists, so it’s probably no surprise that what happened last month sparked a heated debate. That’s when a draft version … Continue reading Is methodological terrorism out there?
Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?) Stop what you’re doing. Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing. Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you’re at … Continue reading Focus on monotasking
The Economics of Noncognitive Skills When most people think about the goals of education, their minds turn to cognitive skills involved in reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and reasoning. We think about test scores on the well-known US-based tests of cognitive ability … Continue reading Can non-cognitive skills be taught?
Why You Should Bet Against Your Candidate When your favorite sports team is defeated, you’re disappointed, even dismayed. The same is true when your preferred political candidate doesn’t win. It hurts when your side loses. Fortunately, you can insure yourself … Continue reading Loss aversion on betting
White House releases report on applying behavioral science to government policy The White House’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), a subgroup of the Office of Science and Technology Policy that has been working to make government more effective, recently … Continue reading Obama’s behavioral policies