Behavioral Nudges Timed to Certain Days are Effective Motivators How we relate to the passage of time is a popular area of study among academics seeking to understand human decision making — and to coax people toward better decisions. Appealing … Continue reading Milestones for action
The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature. The … Continue reading The replication crisis
Why More White Americans Are Opposing Government Welfare Programs A new study shows that since 2008, more white people in the United States oppose welfare programs, in part because of increasing “racial resentment.” One of the reasons for this opposition, … Continue reading Are you feeling envious?
Web Searches Reveal (in Aggregate) What We’re Really Thinking What are the weirdest questions you’ve ever Googled? Mine might be (for my latest book): “How many people have ever lived?” “What do people think about just before death?” and “How … Continue reading Inside your private thoughts
Struggle With Self-Control? Take Yourself Out of the Equation Picture this: You’re staring down a plate of fresh brownies during your 2 p.m. lull. You had an early lunch so your stomach is grumbling, and dinner feels a lifetime away. … Continue reading Succumbing to temptation
Business Meets Emotion Through Memory “There’s no WAY I did or said any of those things,” I interrupted my sister. She had been calmly telling me about something horrible I’d done to her, growing up. She had no reason to … Continue reading Shaping emotions
A Cognitive Scientist Explains the Evolutionary Roots of Smartphone Addiction Much ink has been spilled worrying about what the scourge of smartphone addiction is doing to the kids, in particular. So much so that Apple rolled out a suite of … Continue reading Craving for smarthphone