You’ve been framed: Why Narratives Matter How many times have you seen a headline similar to this – “Nigeria loses $34 billion to tomato/fish/toothpick imports?” If you’re Nigerian, you’ve heard an assertion like this at least once. And how does … Continue reading Framing economic policy
Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
The myth of self-control As the Bible tells it, the first crime committed was a lapse of self-control. Eve was forbidden from tasting the fruit on the tree of knowledge. But the temptation was too much. The fruit was just … Continue reading Are you horrible at resisting temptation?
Read This Story Without Distraction (Can You?) Stop what you’re doing. Well, keep reading. Just stop everything else that you’re doing. Mute your music. Turn off your television. Put down your sandwich and ignore that text message. While you’re at … Continue reading Focus on monotasking
The Economics of Noncognitive Skills When most people think about the goals of education, their minds turn to cognitive skills involved in reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and reasoning. We think about test scores on the well-known US-based tests of cognitive ability … Continue reading Can non-cognitive skills be taught?
Practice doesn’t make perfect Zach Hambrick has always been fascinated by exceptional performance, or what he calls “the extremes of human capabilities.” Growing up, he’d devour Guinness World Records, noting the feats it described and picturing himself proudly posing in … Continue reading Training is not everything
10 of The Most Widely Believed Myths in Psychology In a sense we’re all amateur psychologists – we’ve got our own first-hand experience at being human, and we’ve spent years observing how we and others behave in different situations. This … Continue reading What not to believe in psych