People Are More Homophobic Than They Say They Are The Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide may have registered as a transformative moment in and of itself, but it also served as the culmination of one of … Continue reading Are self-reported biases significant?
We Need Optimists My wife, Ester, and I had just endured a difficult parent-teacher conference for one of our teenage children. It was a grades issue. The ride home was tense, until Ester broke the silence. “Think of it this … Continue reading Is optimism a bias?
The trick that makes self-checkouts almost tolerable I spent the last few days in Deal and Folkestone with Professor Richard Thaler at Nudgestock, Ogilvy’s seaside festival of Behavioural Science. On my way home I decided to stop off at M&S … Continue reading Is scan-bag-weigh-pay wrong?
Smoking – the toughest habit can be broken We’re non-smokers, but we empathize with those who want to quit after years of smoking. It’s not easy. People try lots of things to quit smoking – nicotine patches, cold turkey, replacing … Continue reading How to quit smoking and donate to charity
Americans Are Finally Eating Less After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans’ eating habits have begun changing for the better. Calories consumed daily by the typical American adult, which peaked around 2003, are in the midst … Continue reading Do anti-obesity campaigns work?
Exposing What You Hide in Your Garbage In 1988 the Supreme Court said it was okay that “animals, children, scavengers, snoops…” and the police have access to your garbage. Placed outside for pickup, your garbage is not private. The majority … Continue reading Your garbage is not private
A Neuroscientist Argues That Everybody Is Misunderstanding Fear and Anxiety Every age believes itself to be the age of anxiety, as Auden’s famous poem first put it. But in his new book, Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat … Continue reading How fear and anxiety arise in your brain