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"When taxes are more frustrating, people are more opposed to the general idea of taxation. This drives movements to redu...
04/18/2022
Why We Hate Taxes, and Why Some People Want Us To - Behavioral Scientist

"When taxes are more frustrating, people are more opposed to the general idea of taxation. This drives movements to reduce taxes more and more, achieving the aims of the anti-tax lobbyists, but not necessarily those of the American people at large."

Special interests in the U.S. want the tax process to be opaque and difficult. Is it any wonder Americans hate taxes?

Special interests in the U.S. want the tax process to be opaque and difficult. Is it any wonder Americans hate taxes? — ...
04/18/2022
Why We Hate Taxes, and Why Some People Want Us To - Behavioral Scientist

Special interests in the U.S. want the tax process to be opaque and difficult. Is it any wonder Americans hate taxes? — Why We Hate Taxes, and Why Some People Want Us To by Syon Bhanot and Reed Orchinik

Special interests in the U.S. want the tax process to be opaque and difficult. Is it any wonder Americans hate taxes?

"Given the present historical moment’s critical need for science, we wondered: What if scientists allowed skeptics in th...
04/13/2022
Opening up Science—to Skeptics - By Rohan Arcot & Hunter Gehlbach - Behavioral Scientist

"Given the present historical moment’s critical need for science, we wondered: What if scientists allowed skeptics in the general public to look under the hood at how their studies were conducted? Could opening up the basic ideas of open science beyond scholars help combat the epidemic of science skepticism?"

What if scientists allowed skeptics in the general public to look under the hood at how their studies were conducted? Could opening up help combat the epidemic of science skepticism?

"If you can structure when you work, so that the work you do is integrated with the rest of your life, that makes unbear...
04/07/2022
Incorrect Ideas About ‘Why We Work’ Warp Our Organizations ... And Our Views of Human Nature - By Evan Nesterak - Behavioral Scientist

"If you can structure when you work, so that the work you do is integrated with the rest of your life, that makes unbearable work bearable … But it also does not address what is to me the fundamental question, which is, What is it that you’re doing when you’re doing it, no matter where you’re doing it?" — Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz on why we work and what the dismal state of our workplaces tells us about the power of our theories of human nature to shape our world—even if those theories are false.

"This notion that people work for pay, period, is false. But, perhaps more importantly, it could become true if you crea...
04/06/2022
Incorrect Ideas About ‘Why We Work’ Warp Our Organizations ... And Our Views of Human Nature - By Evan Nesterak - Behavioral Scientist

"This notion that people work for pay, period, is false. But, perhaps more importantly, it could become true if you create workplaces that essentially deprive people of any other satisfaction that might come from work." — Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz on why we work and what the dismal state of our workplaces tells us about the power of our theories of human nature to shape our world—even if those theories are false.

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03/14/2022
Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World - Behavioral Scientist

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Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas. Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths t...

Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s jour...
03/11/2022
Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World - Behavioral Scientist

Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas.

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Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas. Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths t...

Behavioral science teams: Head here to reserve Brain Meets World copies and tickets for your team today. (There's still ...
03/09/2022
Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World - Behavioral Scientist

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Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas. Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths t...

We've been quiet recently, but it's been for a good reason. We were putting the finishing touches on our second print ed...
03/08/2022
Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World - Behavioral Scientist

We've been quiet recently, but it's been for a good reason. We were putting the finishing touches on our second print edition. Introducing Brain Meets World....

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Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas. Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths t...

We're excited to announce Brain Meets World, our second print edition and event. Through prose, poetry, historical archi...
03/05/2022
Print Edition #2 — Brain Meets World - Behavioral Scientist

We're excited to announce Brain Meets World, our second print edition and event. Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas.

Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths that our ideas take—and take us on.

What happens to our ideas and theories when they leave their cozy, ordered homes and venture into the chaos and disorder of the real world? Find out with Brain Meets World.

https://behavioralscientist.org/print-edition-2-brain-meets-world/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=behavioral+scientist+in+print

Through prose, poetry, historical archives, and art, Brain Meets World takes readers on a hero’s journey of ideas. Across seven chapters (161 pages), articles authored by leading behavioral scientists and science writers provide glimpses into the electric, surprising, painful, and peculiar paths t...

Have you every said "At Least" or "If Only" as you think about how things could have gone differently? From Dan Pink's n...
02/24/2022
What Can We Learn from the Solace of ‘At Least’ and the Sting of ‘If Only’? - By Daniel H. Pink - Behavioral Scientist

Have you every said "At Least" or "If Only" as you think about how things could have gone differently? From Dan Pink's new look at regret: "At Least counterfactuals preserve our feelings in the moment, but they rarely enhance our decisions or performance in the future....If Only counterfactuals degrade our feelings now, but—and this is key—they can improve our lives later."

When we use mental time travel to imagine what might have been, “at least” delivers comfort and consolation in the moment, but the sting of “if only” motivates us to be better in the future.

"Two decades of research on counterfactual thinking exposes an oddity: thoughts about the past that make us feel better ...
02/23/2022
What Can We Learn from the Solace of ‘At Least’ and the Sting of ‘If Only’? - By Daniel H. Pink - Behavioral Scientist

"Two decades of research on counterfactual thinking exposes an oddity: thoughts about the past that make us feel better are relatively rare, while thoughts that make us feel worse are exceedingly common." Dan Pink explains why and goes into how this feeling can be productive.

When we use mental time travel to imagine what might have been, “at least” delivers comfort and consolation in the moment, but the sting of “if only” motivates us to be better in the future.

In his new book, The Power of Regret, @DanielPink details our experiences with “what might have been” and explores the s...
02/21/2022
What Can We Learn from the Solace of ‘At Least’ and the Sting of ‘If Only’? - By Daniel H. Pink - Behavioral Scientist

In his new book, The Power of Regret, @DanielPink details our experiences with “what might have been” and explores the science behind it. In an excerpt from the book this week, Pink dives into the counterfactual thinking that accompanies regret, as we contemplate an alternative course of events.

When we use mental time travel to imagine what might have been, “at least” delivers comfort and consolation in the moment, but the sting of “if only” motivates us to be better in the future.

Today is Presidents’ Day in the United States, so it seems like a good time to revisit Geoffrey Cohen’s lesson on leader...
02/21/2022
What Our Politicians and Pundits Need to Know About Leadership - By Geoff Cohen - Behavioral Scientist

Today is Presidents’ Day in the United States, so it seems like a good time to revisit Geoffrey Cohen’s lesson on leadership. Cohen’s piece asks an intriguing question about the hidden psychological influence our leaders can wield over us: What view of human nature are they conveying through their rhetoric and actions, and how does it affect our own views?

Cohen is particularly perturbed by the penchant to paint everything as a threat. “Science tells us that the world is not Hobbesian, at least not necessarily. But leaders and media pundits can make it Hobbesian by spreading a view of society as filled with threats,” he writes. “Who we are depends on how we are led, especially how we are led to understand each other.”

https://behavioralscientist.org/what-our-politicians-and-pundits-need-to-know-about-leadership/

Leaders can profoundly influence our worldview. Too often, they peddle a false theory of human nature that weakens social ties.

What can we learn from the solace of ‘At Least’ and the sting of ‘If Only’? The Olympic podium offers a portal into the ...
02/21/2022
What Can We Learn from the Solace of ‘At Least’ and the Sting of ‘If Only’? - By Daniel H. Pink - Behavioral Scientist

What can we learn from the solace of ‘At Least’ and the sting of ‘If Only’? The Olympic podium offers a portal into the science and experience of regret, explains @DanielPink.

When we use mental time travel to imagine what might have been, “at least” delivers comfort and consolation in the moment, but the sting of “if only” motivates us to be better in the future.

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