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On the Life Threatening Dangers of Overconfidence

December 23, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On the Life Threatening Dangers of Overconfidence”

Cindy Gagnon was backcountry skiing in Canada when she was buried in an avalanche.

Just a few hours later, the people she was skiing with — her friends — acted like nothing had happened. They reveled in the fresh powder, hooting and hollering as they skied home.

How could that be? And what did it mean?

This is a story about a type of denial we all engage in, whether in the wilderness or in our careers. It’s a denial that simultaneously explains — and impedes — our ability for survival. And it might make you think twice about the decisions you make in the future.

Listen: Out There: Denial


On Giving to Increase Happiness

December 16, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On Giving to Increase Happiness”

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we examine an old insight about happiness and giving. It’s an insight that is now backed up by behavioral science.

The episode begins with a scene from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. From there we hear from the founder and CEO of Charity: Water, Scott Harrison. When Scott turned 18, he moved to New York City and got a job as a nightclub promoter. He lived a hedonistic lifestyle that included private jets and exotic parties. He should have been on top of the world, but he was miserable. It wasn’t until Scott moved to one of the poorest countries in the world that he started to find fulfillment. You can learn more about Scott’s story and his incredible transformation in his new book Thirst.

Next Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton explores the topic of happiness and spending. He’s the co-author of a study on the subject of happiness and spending, and the book Happy Money: The New Science of Smarter Spending.

Finally, we hit the streets to conduct an experiment. We gave out five dollar bills to random people and asked them to spend it on themselves or give it away. Which group do you think will experience a greater level of happiness?

Listen: Choiceology: Season 2 Episode 4: Happiness: With Guests Scott Harrison & Mike Norton


Why Uncompleted Tasks Are So Exhausting

December 9, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “Why Uncompleted Tasks Are So Exhausting”

At the end of the day, after all our tasks are done, we may not realize the fatigue we feel due to all of the things we’ve left undone.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the so-called Zeigarnik Effect.

Also, check out the article Rebecca McInroy references in this week’s show here

Listen: Two Guys on Your Head: Why Uncompleted Tasks Are So Exhausting

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On the Power of Background Music

November 25, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On the Power of Background Music”

Once derided, the successors to muzak have grown more sophisticated – and influential – than any of us realise.

Listen: The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads: Inside the booming business of background music

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On The Power of a Story to Increase Donations

November 11, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On The Power of a Story to Increase Donations”

This episode is with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water and Joshua Coombes, founder of Do Something For Nothing.

I had the best time getting to know two amazing entrepreneurs last week when I hosted a master class called “Passion to Purpose” at the WeWork Creator Awards in London. Scott has the most interesting story and has helped millions get access to clean water. Joshua is probably best known for the haircuts he offers to homeless people all over the world and whose stories he shares shares their stories to encourage people to connect with others. These two guys essentially created their own opportunities in social entrepreneurialism using cultural norms like water and grooming to serve marginalised communities. I learned a lot and I hope you find this episode as inspiring as I did. Thank you to WeWork for having me host this.

Listen: CTRL, ALT, DELETE Podcast: #159 Scott Harrison & Joshua Coombes

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On Errors of Judgment Based on Rules of Thumb

November 4, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On Errors of Judgment Based on Rules of Thumb”

Adam talks with American writer Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Money Ball, Liar’s Poker etc.) about his book ‘The Undoing Project’, which tells the story of the friendship and fascinating work of psychologists Amos Tversky and Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman.

Much of the work of Tversky and Kahneman focuses on the human capacity to make errors of judgment based on unhelpful prejudices and rules of thumb that frequently operate beneath the level of our awareness.

Michael explains a few of these to Adam (who has never engaged in fallacies or systematic errors of any kind) as well as talking about the tensions that shaped Kahneman and Tversky’s friendship.

The conversation was recorded when Michael was visiting London in November 2017.


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On The Science of Nudging

October 28, 2018 Posted by Podcasts 0 thoughts on “On The Science of Nudging”

Every day, each one of us is “nudged” by external factors and actors to change how we behave. Whether it’s the weather forecast, an advert on the train, or advice from a friend, we are all influenced by nudges. But what is a nudge? What is the human psychology behind their effectiveness? And when does a nudge become something more sinister – such as coercion or manipulation?

To explore this and more, Ian Sample speaks to the Harvard Law School’s Professor Cass Sunstein about the psychology and history of nudging, as well as some of the ethical quandaries explored in his new book The Ethics of Influence: Government in the the Age of Behavioural Science. We also hear from head of the UK’s ‘nudge unit’ (aka the behavioural insights team), Dr David Halpern, about how nudges are helping governments with tax repayments, more effective approaches to job seeking and reducing further education dropout rates.

Listen: Nudge theory: the psychology and ethics of persuasion – Science Weekly podcast


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