Why social exclusion is hard to change: A behavioral perspective There is a lot of discussion in the press lately about whether impediments to equality of opportunity remain after structural barriers have been removed. Political ideology often dominates these discussions. … Continue reading Socio-psychological barriers
Close friends become absorbed into our self-concept, affecting our ability to distinguish their faces from our own When we say that our close friends have become a part of us, we’re usually talking metaphorically. Yet prior research has shown there … Continue reading Face perception
Happy, Healthy Economy In 1869, a neurologist named George Beard identified a disease he named neurasthenia, understood as the result of fast-paced excess in growing industrial cities. William James, one of the many patients diagnosed, called it “Americanitis.” According to … Continue reading Growth and well-being
The “beautiful mess” effect: other people view our vulnerability more positively than we do Admitting mistakes, seeking help, apologising first, confessing one’s romantic feelings – all these kind of situations involve intentional expressions of vulnerability, in which we may fear … Continue reading Vulnerability is courage in you
Is the Key to Successful Prosocial Nudges Reputation? In the last 30 years, the behavioral community has documented a myriad of quirks of altruism: we display warm glow; we’re weirdly sensitive to defaults and communication around norms, frames, and identity; … Continue reading Frames matter
White America is quietly self-segregating There’s a small town in Minnesota called Worthington. It’s a place that fascinates sociologists. In the 1980s, Worthington was on its way to becoming a ghost town, like many other white, blue-collar communities. But in … Continue reading Do you really want diversity?
Why You Should be Worried About Underconfidence Sometimes it happens that people change the world without intending to. Most of us are capable of more than we imagine. When Steve Wozniak dropped out of UC Berkeley and founded Apple Computer … Continue reading The consequences of underconfidence