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Behavioral Science

Irrational Markets Or Irrational Individuals? Designing 'Smart' Environments Improve Decision-Making and Make Markets More Efficient

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 08.14.2014 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

How can markets be made efficient when people aren't? Apparent market failures are often attributed to individuals making apparent 'irrational' decisions. However, I argue that markets can be made more efficient when creating environments for individuals that aid their decision-making.

How to Be More Creative Tomorrow

Caroline L. Arnold | Posted 07.27.2014 | Good News
Caroline L. Arnold

So often what stops us from altering our behavior is the belief that transformation can only be achieved through drastic action. Yet studies conclude that it doesn't take a lot of walking to reap a lot of benefit -- a small move delivers a big change.

This Is Why You Stare At Your Phone On Your Commute -- And Why You Should Stop

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

While the subway's arrival may be ambiguous, one thing about your commute is certain: No one wants to talk to each other. In our contemporary culture,...

How Behavioral Science Can Make You a Mind Reader

Nicholas Epley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Science
Nicholas Epley

We simply do not understand others' thoughts, beliefs, emotions or intentions nearly as well as we think we do, even for those we presumably know the most.

Master the New Science of Business Psychology in 5 Steps

Troy Campbell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Alright, so most likely you don't have time to hire your own private behavioral insights team. So, what can you do? Here's how to become an amateur behavioral scientist.

WATCH: Kissing Is WAY More Complicated Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science

Kissing feels good--no doubt about that. But why does it feel good, and what happens inside your body when you lock lips with a loved one? The ans...

Are Health Scientists Healthy?

Troy Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

Behavioral scientists don't just study irrationality; we live with it. Despite our own efforts to live rational lives and all the effort we spend designing environments that help people behave more rationally, we scientists find ourselves choosing irrationally.

Here's How Big Data Will Help Solve Problems in 2014

Beverly Macy | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Beverly Macy

Everywhere you look, the conversation around 'big data' is growing. From conferences, to B2B blog posts, to tech writers, to the board rooms of multi-national companies -- everyone is looking for ways to unlock the promise that comes with big data.

The Science Beneath the Untethered Soul: Defusion

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

The Untethered Soul is one of those backlist anomalies like Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now that just happen to hit a chord.

How Tourist Snapshots Help Scientists

Posted 02.13.2013 | Travel

A new study conducted at Imperial College London used a collection of tourist snapshots to identify migratory sharks in the Maldives using the fingerp...

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

The Value of Experiencing Through Someone Else's Eyes

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research suggests that reading about different groups can be helpful for aspiring leaders. One of the greatest problems in business leadership is a failure to understand how the work environment can influence different people in different ways.

Do You Smell A Love Connection?

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

A pivotal stage in any relationship is the point where people grow accustomed to each other's smell. But what if you could just skip the awkward court...