Annie Duke Will Beat You at Your Own Game Late last year, I wrote to Annie Duke, a former professional poker player, about the possibility of profiling her. Duke, who for years was the leading female money winner in the … Continue reading Profiling a poker player
How to Cope When Debt Damages Your Mental Health So much writing about personal finance focuses on the basics, like sticking to a budget or paying off debt. The emotional toll of money, however, is often missing from the conversation. … Continue reading How do you feel about debt?
The Happiness Boomerang Effect: When Positive Activities Backfire One of the most poignant scenes in season two of NBC’s This Is Us is when Kevin—a former high school star quarterback and homecoming king turned failing actor struggling with addiction—returns to … Continue reading The unpleasant gratitude
Sorry, but imagining you’re a professor won’t make you smarter (an unsuccessful mass replication of the Professor Prime effect) A pre-registered mass replication attempt published in Perspectives on Psychological Science has raised doubts about another celebrated psychology finding. The collaboration … Continue reading Yes you can replicate
If you aim for average you’ll serve no one well In the late 1940s the US Air Force faced a problem: a worrying number of planes were crashing. The situation deteriorated until, in February 1950, 17 planes plummeted to the … Continue reading Beware averages
We’ve located the part of the brain which understands social interactions The ability to quickly detect and recognise the purpose of a social interaction is as indispensable today as it would have been to our ancient ancestors – but how … Continue reading Measuring social interactions
A bias too far Not so long ago most of the stuff published on behavioural economics and behavioural science had a limited audience of practitioners and academics. It may have been a bit dry (the majority were scientific papers), but … Continue reading Popularity pitfalls