With Smarter Living, the New York Times Is Making an Old Bet on Service Journalism I have been thinking a lot about what to say no to in my life. Second dates with people who are just fine, a new … Continue reading How to make decisions
When the Bully Is the Boss Senator Amy Klobuchar’s nascent campaign is fending off a stream of stories from former staffers that she was a volatile, highhanded boss who often demeaned and humiliated people who worked for her. She has … Continue reading Does being tough help?
Fitness trackers turn health into a game that users rarely win In August, Google announced a major redesign for its health tracking platforms: Google Fit for Androids and Wear OS for iPhones. Instead of simple step counts, users will now … Continue reading Rewards for fitness
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
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?
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
Uber Shows How Not to Apply Behavioral Economics A recent New York Times article on how Uber is using various insights from behavioral economics to push, or nudge, its drivers to pick up more fares — sometimes with little benefit … Continue reading More on Uber