Behavior

Ravens Are More Cunning Than Human Preschoolers

A recent study finds that ravens are capable of planning and bartering, and they also forgo an immediate reward to obtain a better reward in the future<p>Common ravens (Corvus corax) are more cunning than human toddlers, according to a recent study. (Credit: Helena Osvath / Lund University)<p>Anyone who …

Birds

Is Your Dog Moody? Fido Apparently Has a Teen Phase, Too

If you own a puppy, or perhaps just love dogs, then you most definitely know how easily distracted and difficult they can be — just like humans! …

Lifestyle

8 Reasons Why It's So Hard To Really Change Your Behavior

Source: Wikipedia<p>Changing our behavior is a self-engineering challenge with few equals. I’m talking about long-term, sustained change, not short-run …

Happiness

Got a Big Decision to Make? Here's When to Go With Your Gut

Research shows that emotions do have a role to play when making big decisions.<p>I often get asked how I'm able to act so quickly on some business decisions without doubting myself. The answer? I've learned to listen to my gut.<p>While it may sound like a clich, there is something to be said for …

Leadership

5 ways to win with passive-aggressive people

Passive-aggressive people. You know the type.<p>They never say they <i>won’t</i> do something. They agree but then, aw shucks, “the dog ate their homework” – …

Happiness

The Pygmalion Effect Sneakily Boosts Your Performance

It's your first day of math class, and, unbeknownst to you, your algebra I teacher has been bragging on you — your new algebra II teacher has heard …

4 Psychology Insights That Will Help You Build Links

Outreach can be grueling work, and it takes an understanding of how people work in order to find any kind of long-term success by putting it to …

Search Engines

The new science of first impressions

The irresistible science of first impressions

Psychology

NextGen: Isaiah Wakoli's Stimulating Art Is Inspired by Color's Interaction with Human Behavior

<b>DIASPORA</b>—<i>Over the course of July we’ll be publishing short profiles, essays and interviews on the theme of “Afrofutures.”</i> <i>Together these stories will</i> …

Africa

In Search of Answers

Would you rather receive $11 today or $30 a week from now? A tendency to pick the smaller-but-sooner reward can be revealing: It has been associated …

Psychology

The hidden ways your language betrays your character

Every time we open our mouths, we unwittingly reveal our personalities.<p>If you overheard a conversation on a bus, do you think you could tell from the words that were used and the topics discussed, the personality of the people who were chatting? What about if I showed you a short story? Could you …

Personality

The power of framing: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

The 2016 election and a wealth of psychological data show how much our reasoning can be influenced by how information is framed<p>In March 2016, before Trump was selected as the Republican nominee, cognitive scientist George Lakoff was already concerned about the emerging Trump phenomenon. So he wrote …

Psychology

From data overload to effective decision-making

This is the age of data. A simple activity like going for a run now involves data collection and analysis through a FitBit wristband with GPS …

Economics

When Behavioral Science Backfires

Instead of following the intervention of the week, put time into figuring out what works best for your unique user.<p><i>By Shirin Oreizy, founder of Next Step.</i><p>By now you're probably familiar with nudges and biases. From New York Times bestseller <i>Predictably Irrational</i> by Dan Ariely to Britain's Ministry …

GAO: TSA doesn't have scientific justification to detect terrorists through most behavioral tics

The Transportation Security Administration doesn’t have scientific justification for most of the behavioral clues that officers use to identify potential terrorists, a government watchdog reported Thursday.<p>Despite a lack of scientific validation, TSA told the Government Accountability Office that …

TSA

Think like an economist

follow us<p>omnivore<p>Think like an economist<p>Catherine Sophia Herfeld (Zurich): Between Mathematical Formalism, Normative Choice Rules, and the Behavioral …

Keynesian Economics

What Do We Really Want?

Good news: Our desired attitudes (don’t eat unhealthy things) affects behavior more than our actual attitudes (that looks delicious). | …

Stanford University

All The Passive Aggressive Stuff You Should Never Do In A Relationship

Nobody enjoys being with someone who is always passive aggressive. If you're not sure what that looks like, here's an excellent, and funny, …

Marriage

The Cost-Effective Power Of Psychological Nudges

Shutterstock<p><b>By Michael Blanding</b><p>Most governments aren’t subtle when they want citizens to do something. The United States spends close to $1 billion annually on advertising—trying to convince citizens to do everything from taking flu prevention shots to reporting unattended suitcases at the airport. …

H&R Block

How to Make Difficult Decisions

For most of my life, I’ve been terrible at decision making. As a child, I was perfectly content to lay back and let other people make my choices for …

Pros and Cons

Do Dogs Have a Negativity Bias?

Negativity bias – We all suffer from it.<p>This is the phenomenon in which we naturally pay more attention to and give more weight to negative …

Pets

That's different: Minnesota's passive-aggressiveness inspires hit T-shirt

Minnesotans are notorious for not saying what they really mean — and now they can wear it proud.

Minneapolis

This Time Is Not Your Call – Stretch for Change

Daily Stretch # 6: Let Go of Power<p>“Too many problem-solving sessions become battlegrounds where decisions are made based on power rather than …

How Can You Tell If Someone's Lying? A.I. Study Sees Truth in a Face

Unanimous A.I. hopes to eliminate bias in decision making.<p>Scientists have long studied collective intelligence in animals, but now San Francisco tech …

Artificial Intelligence

Contrasts in how groups of neurons function during decision making: Results suggest cooperation between neurons allows choice-relevant information to persist over time

Results suggest cooperation between neurons allows choice-relevant information to persist over time<p>A new study in mice trained to perform a sound …

The Brain

One Third of Fake Images Go Undetected

A new study reveals people fail to spot almost one third of manipulated, or fake, images shown to them. Researchers say that, with the technology to …

Neuroscience

Brain implants help nervous mice find their competitive side

Social competition and establishing dominance are a part of the culture of many species, from humans to mice. That's why the results of a recent study published in <i>Science</i> are so interesting. A team of Chinese scientists changed the behavior of mice to turn "loser" mice into "winners."<p>The experiment …

Neuroscience

Kissing bias could have wider implications for cognitive, neuroscience: study

Kissing bias could have wider implications for cognitive, neuroscience: study<p>New research that looked into people's kissing bias could have wider …

News (China)

13 Persuasion Techniques to Convince Ecommerce Visitors to Buy More

When running an ecommerce store, it’s easy to forget that visitor #3456 is a real, live person. A person subject to cognitive biases, persuasion …

Marketing

Want to Be a Better Decision Maker? Here Are 3 Timeless Guidelines for Leaders

Two senior partners at McKinsey & Company offer practical advice for honing your decision-making process and prowess.<p>Before McKinsey & Company senior partners Scott Keller and Mary Meaney decided what to include in their new book about organizational leadership, they grouped all of the …

Management