The 50-state Laboratory: How Can Behavioral Science Bolster Vaccination Policy? Vaccinating kids saves a lot of lives and a lot of dollars. High rates of vaccine coverage assure community protection (“herd immunity”), and in the United States we achieve this … Continue reading Make vaccine education count
How Irrational Labs Creates “Irrational” Bonuses 70% of U.S. employees are disengaged at work. When we think about how to fix this, most companies turn to financial incentives. Pay-for-performance year-end bonuses are pervasive. But do they work? A meta-analysis of … Continue reading Money and happiness
The Economics of Team Success, or How to Waste Money on Big-Name Stars in Pro Football It’s a no brainer to think that talents lead to high performance. That’s why we go after them with money. But does it work … Continue reading Salary fairness
Go Ahead, Heap Rewards on Your Kid A few months ago, my husband and I met a psychologist who advised us to start using rewards with our 6-year-old. Our son is happy, but he struggles at times with his behavior … Continue reading Incentives for kids?
9 Things Great Performers Do Differently Over the past two years, I, along with a co-author who is a performance scientist and coach of Olympians, have been researching and reporting for a new book, Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid … Continue reading Cultivate purpose
It’s time to destroy startup-style workaholism once and for all There’s a debate raging in Silicon Valley this week that you should really know about. Though it may look like just a few heated Twitter exchanges and at least one … Continue reading Burning out isn’t cool
The science of business decision making: giving out perks doesn’t necessarily lead to results Research shows that when it comes to cognitive tasks, like decision making, paying people more can lead to worse outcomes. If we want to get the … Continue reading The reverse effect of motivation