Why the Mona Lisa stands out In 1993 a psychologist, James Cutting, visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to see Renoir’s picture of Parisians at play, “Bal du Moulin de la Galette”, considered one of the greatest works of impressionism. … Continue reading Exposed to Mona Lisa
Longer deadlines make people donate more money “If you give a donation within three days, an anonymous contributor will donate an additional DKK 10.” This was the message that researchers from the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS … Continue reading Do deadlines make sense?
Behavioral Economics: The Best Kept Secret in Startups I hated Economics in high school. My teacher was a womanizing drunk who sat all the pretty girls in the front row and drew boring graphs on the whiteboard. I remember thinking … Continue reading Deserving the best
The Law’s Emotion Problem In the 1992 Supreme Court case Riggins v. Nevada, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy acknowledged — perhaps unwittingly — that our legal system relies on a particular theory of the emotions. The court had ruled that a … Continue reading Mind in the eyes
How to Hire the Right Person Over the course of speaking with almost 500 leaders for my weekly “Corner Office” series, I’ve asked every one of them, “How do you hire?” Their answers are always insightful because after years of … Continue reading Tips for job interviews
Psychologists uncover a new self-serving bias – if it’s my theory, it must be true If you look at the research literature on self-serving biases, it’s little surprise that critical thinking – much needed in today’s world – is such … Continue reading The SPOT Effect
There is no ‘rule of six’ – the truth about the science of queueing Every Saturday at 7am, Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology at University College London, can be found shopping at his local supermarket. “It’s the same sad old … Continue reading Queueing behaviour