Sludge Detectives: The “Behavioural Economics Police” Take On Hotel Booking Sites 

Love this. The term Sludge is a great one.

Sludge highlights how companies and organizations can and are taking advantage of innate consumer traits and fallibilities, such as inertia and inattention, knowing that they can profit from consumers’ weaknesses and biases.

Regulators are realizing the need to act as a type of “behavioral economics police” to protect consumers from a deluge of sludge.

From: Sludge Detectives: The “BE Police” Take On Hotel Booking Sites – Behavioral Scientist

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Humans are Bad at Multitasking

Well of course we are. It’s never been about gender. People are just bad at multi-tasking but really at kidding ourselves we can multitask.

Source: Research: Women and Men Are Equally Bad at Multitasking

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The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations 

There are some great behavioural nudges at Japanese (busiest in the world!) railway stations.

Source: The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations – CityLab

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Middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance 

So now you know. Add that middle initial and look more clever…

Middle name initials often appear in formal contexts, especially when people refer to intellectual achievements. On the basis of this common link, the display of middle initials increases positive evaluations of people’s intellectual capacities and achievements. We document this effect in seven studies:

Source: The impact of middle names: Middle name initials enhance evaluations of intellectual performance – Tilburg – 2014 – European Journal of Social Psychology

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Body Language Lessons from a Poker Pro

If you’ve been to one of my workshops you’ll know my obsession with body language. Here are some great tips:

https://youtu.be/l-WNI7BJQbg

via Swiss Miss

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Specific parts of the brain do many things

A really interesting study looking at the different regions of the brain do many things, rather than the received wisdom that each brain region is specialised for one thing.

What Does Any Part of the Brain Do? – Neuroskeptic

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The Neuroscience of Changing Your Mind 

Great stuff. It explains why changing one’s mind is so hard.

Xu hopes these insights into how difficult it is for the brain to amend its plans—a task that only gets harder as we age and neural communication slows—can eventually help researchers devise ways to intervene and help us make faster, safer decisions.

Source: The Neuroscience of Changing Your Mind – Scientific American

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What next for behavioural economics?

Tim Hartford takes a long hard look at Behavioural Economics.

…there is something unnerving about a discipline in which our discoveries about the past do not easily generalise to the future.

That’s always been my problem with BE. It promises big but rarely delivers and then when it does know one is sure why.

Check out the full essay here:

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Icons: research and psychology 

Loads of background, research, psychology and good advice on using icons.

Great job Matthew Standage.

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Beware of Selfies

There is some proper science going on here.

Results revealed that selfies were indeed evaluated more negatively than photos taken by others. Persons in selfies were rated as less trustworthy, less socially attractive, less open to new experiences, more narcissistic and more extroverted than the same persons in photos taken by others.

From: Beware of Selfies: The Impact of Photo Type on Impression Formation Based on Social Networking Profiles. – PubMed – NCBI

Quick, remove that selfie from your Twitter and LinkedIn.

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