Essential Reads

Being "Good in Bed"

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on June 25, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Many men and women worry about not being "good in bed." The advice I give applies to many other sort of personal encounters: a first date, a job interview, or selling something

Hating the Elite

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Many deride the wealthy elite as symbols of inequality in democratic societies supposedly founded on equality. Why do people hate them so much?
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Why Posted Prices Are Often Meaningless

There’s a significant gap between asked-for prices and what customers actually pay.

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5 Common Factors Influencing Our Feelings of Time

The perception of time as lasting too long is associated with too high of a cost, which leads to the selection of alternatives with more immediate outcomes.

Will A Robot Take Your Job?

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on June 23, 2017 in The Next Step
Can you be replaced by technology?

Beliefs: Twelve Myths You'll Be Relieved to Debunk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Getting realistic about beliefs can go a long way toward peace of mind and better decision-making.
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Cognitive Diversity

By Sara Canaday on June 18, 2017 in You (According to Them)
What does the concept of cognitive diversity mean? When leaders surround themselves with people who "constantly validate and reflect their own beliefs," it stifles fresh thinking.

Why It's So Hard to Buy Father's Day Gifts

There's a psychological reason why we're stumped when it comes to what to buy dad for Father's Day. Here's why and three tips.

Judging Your Worth

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
China is developing a digital system to track and evaluate its population of 1.3 billion people. They’re not the only ones.

Riding the Next Wave of Human Evolution

With their deep comfort with uncertainty and technology, coupled with their hardwired sense of inclusion, Millennials are blazing the trail by transforming workplaces.

What is the Design Pattern of Engaging Products?

Products we find most engaging have a basic design pattern called a hook, experiences that connect users’ problems to a product with enough frequency to form a habit.

The Deep Roots of Left vs. Right

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The fundamental distinction in politics as in life is between constraint and freedom. We need both.

How Food and Energy Led to Polarization in America

By The Research Lab on June 05, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Explanations for this polarization revolve around one thing: Energy consumption. By Carey W. King, Ph.D.
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Inside the Mind of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May

The key psychology over the timing of elections is that they reveal information about how well incumbents expect to perform in the future.

How Authoritarians Leaders Get Away with It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Ambigamy
Authoritarian followers for whatever cause and however motivated, treat life as perfectly manageable with machine-like habits of thought.

What is Undisciplined Spending?

It’s a repeated, habitual pattern of three potentially harmful spending behaviors.
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Sorting Fact From Fiction: Why Expertise Matters

Are you able to utter the three magic words "I don't know"? If not, you could be on your way to making some really bad decisions.

Is It Ever Okay to Lie to Your Lover?

Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of trust. However, it is surprisingly easy to be deceptive in an intimate relationship. Can you be honest and still be kind?

Behave Yourself: Moral Behavior and Conformity

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Should we induce our kids to conform?
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A Scientific Perspective For Making Better Decisions

By John Nosta on May 19, 2017 in The Digital Self
While multiple factors must be considered in any decision, the intrinsic stability or instability of a system or scenario can be a powerful tool in guiding decision making.

Rewarding Exercise with Food: A Novel Approach

Is it wrong to run that extra mile for a slice of guilt-free cake?

Why Aren’t People More Open-Minded? Think To-Do Lists

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
One of the best ways to predict behavior is to focus on how events affect people's to-do lists.

I Have Seen Your Brain and It Might Not Be So Pretty

Can a specialized scan of your brain tell us if you are awake and aware? If you are a nice person or a psychopath?

Every Human Interaction, Explained

The secret motive underlying all of our interactions, according to a famous acting coach.

Inspire the New You: Getting Change to Stick

How can you change yourself and make the change stick? This article shows the way.
Source: Pew Research Center

The Psychology of Bias in the Digital Age

By John Nosta on May 09, 2017 in The Digital Self
Subtle yet powerful, the Internet is subconsciously driving our choices.

Should Global Companies Have Global Boards of Directors?

You want to be a global company. Should you have a global board?

Be Positive. Be Neutral. Which Is It?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
Six practical tips for managing your loyalties and doubts, your positive certainty and your neutral receptivity, your open-mindedness and your closed-mindedness.

Blind Spots

Can you see your conversational blindspots? Learn three exercises to try today for a more productive meeting.

What Is Behavioral Economics?

The basic message of behavioral economic is that humans are hard wired to make judgment errors and they need a nudge to make decisions that are in their own best interest.

Survey: Startups With Female Founders Perform Best

By Victor Lipman on May 03, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
New research shows that female-founded startup companies outperform their male-founded counterparts. What factors are driving these results?

Complements and Substitutes

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Ambigamy
If they have this trait, do they have that trait? We deal with such questions a lot. Understanding substitutes and complements can help us answer them well.

Trump Supporters Voted for a Fantasy

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Life After 50
Trump supporters are still convinced he will "do the right thing" despite everything he says to the contrary. They hold on to their fantasy that he is "on their side."