Cam’s Reads: Dismay, Courage, and Sensory Feasts What helps you understand your experience of the world? The behavioral sciences are one great way, but they’re not the only way. In the second installment of “Cam’s Reads,” I selected several pieces … Continue reading World in technicolor
Building a Culture of Voting Through Choice Architecture With one Instagram post, Taylor Swift ignited a surge of voter registrations on Vote.org. Samantha Bee is gamifying civic action, Parkland students have made a video and are traveling the country urging … Continue reading Participatory democracy
The cigarette smoker as two-self economic man In a landmark report released in May 1988, the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that the nicotine in cigarette smoke was an addictive drug. The report described cigarette smoking as a … Continue reading Are you rationally addicted?
How the Brain Decides What to Learn In order to learn about the world, an animal needs to do more than just pay attention to its surroundings. It also needs to learn which sights, sounds and sensations in its environment … Continue reading The learning brain
The elephant as a person Have you ever stood in a field full of cows? It’s obvious that they’re aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped together as they graze, … Continue reading Hypersociality
A novel way to prevent email overlaod I ask people to donate $20 to cold-email me. And I think everyone should. Allow me to start by making this personal: this is what I do for a living. I spend my … Continue reading The ‘sender pays you’ model
The more money you make, the more fast food you eat The stereotype is that poor people eat more fast food than rich people, who virtuously eat only organic salads and cows with names. One problem with this assumption: It … Continue reading Fast food and income