Unraveling the hidden systems of the brain If no one has any strenuous objections, I’d like to tell you about some work we’ve just had published. Oh, you do? OK, read this instead: it’s an alleged academic miserably failing to … Continue reading The hidden brain
Using Behavioral Science to Redesign the Built Environment China’s most famous painting is “Along the River during the Qingming Festival.” Often referred to as “China’s Mona Lisa” (more for its fame and mysterious history than for any likeness to da … Continue reading How to make our environment hospitable
The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief Rational beliefs are formed on the basis of solid evidence and are open for appropriate revision when emerging evidence makes them less likely to be true. In contrast, a person with a delusion … Continue reading The effect of delusion
When Are You Really Random? After Age 24 The ability to behave randomly can be a great asset. Think of the mouse trying to outrun a cat — moving in an erratic, unpredictable way makes it harder to catch. In … Continue reading Are you good at random tasks?
More on “Behavior Priming” and Unconscious Influences Last year, psychologists B. Keith Payne and colleagues breathed new life into the debate over ‘social priming’ with a paper called Replicable effects of primes on human behavior. Behavioral or social priming – … Continue reading Priming or non priming
When behavioral economics meets a $700M Powerball jackpot Business Insider went out onto the streets of NYC and tried to buy people’s just-purchased Powerball tickets ahead of the $700 million drawing. They did not get many takers, even when offering … Continue reading Lottery sucks
Why you tip as much as you do At a cafe in Upstate New York, a waiter paused for a moment in the kitchen to draw a playing card from a shuffled deck before bringing a check out to a … Continue reading Tipping anxiety