What Can Brain Imaging Tell Us About Violent Extremism? Before answering that question, I’ll tell you about an incredibly impressive ethnographic study and field survey. For a one year period, the investigators (Pretus, Hamid et al., 2018) conducted field work … Continue reading Social exclusion and sacred values
When targets and metrics are bad for business There’s an old fable from Soviet Russia that goes something like this: A nail factory manager (we’ll call him “Big Boss”) wants his workers to produce more, more, more! So, he decides … Continue reading Goodhart’s Law
The Psychological Impact of Light and Color Light creates more than just visual effects (image, shape, intensity, perception, contrast, etc.); it also has biological and psychological effects that can impact the health and wellbeing of humans. When light biologically impacts … Continue reading Environmental cognition
Do You Have the Courage to Stop Doing? Our basic state of wellbeing is obscured because of the essential paradigm (or misunderstanding) we live by, namely, that we are human doings not human beings. We see ourselves, our value, as … Continue reading To stop or not to stop?
Immediately Re-Watching Lecture Videos Doesn’t Benefit Learning Given a passage of text to study, many students repeatedly re-read it in the hope the information will eventually stick. Psychology research has shown the futility of this approach. Re-reading is a poor … Continue reading Distributed practice
Why Behavioral Scientists Need to Think Harder About the Future It’s taken for granted now that behavioral science is the future. Applied behavioral science has become part of the “innovation agenda,” and, with behavioral units proliferating, its methods seem destined … Continue reading Futuristic visions
The Art of Decision-Making In July of 1838, Charles Darwin was twenty-nine years old and single. Two years earlier, he had returned from his voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle with the observations that would eventually form the basis of “On the … Continue reading Choose wisely