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Kevin Kniffin (@KevinKniffin) is a behavioral scientist at Cornell University who studies topics that are relevant for everyday work and life. He has written research articles for academic journals including Evolution and Human Behavior, Human Nature, and Group & Organization Management on topics including salary structures, physical attractiveness, and gossip. He is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA), Academy of Management (AoM), Association for Psychological Science (APS), Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES), and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

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Streaking (at Home) for the Stanley Cup

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:16 AM

Co-authored with Joakim Ryan

Who's going to be hotter -- the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Chicago Blackhawks?

Streakiness is one of the concepts -- like clutchness, choking, and luck -- that we often use to make sense of a multi-game series like the Stanley Cup Finals.

Does the evidence,...

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Why We Say Cheese When Posing for Pictures

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Whether it's "cheese," "peace," or "Milwaukee," there's a common thread to the cue that photographers use to prod smiles from their subjects. The word needs to end with emphasis on the hard E sound.

The fact that smiling is basically required when clearly enunciating a word that ends with the...

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Revenge of the Jocks -- and Adventures in Academic Peer Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Should we care that Presidents Obama (basketball), Bush and Bush (baseball), and Ford (football) played competitive sports in the past? Should employers care whether you were among the approximately 43 percent of Americans who played at least one sport in high school?

New research published this month...

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The Science of Momentum: Does a Win Today Predict a Win Tomorrow?

(7) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:39 PM

If your favorite team or player wins on a given day -- especially if it's a landslide win, then it's likely that "momentum" gets thrown around by people previewing the next event.

Winning in any activity often gets used to build confidence for the next contest. Along with sports commentators,...

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