Do You Spend Like a Baboon?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

A great animated video explaining our evolutionary ability to process numbers, and why it’s a hazard to our wallets.

Honesty about Dishonesty

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Popular behavioural economist Dan Ariely explains how people can be dishonest and honest at the same time.

Changing Perspective Leads to Happiness

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Perspective is Everything

– Perspective is essential to happiness, says Rory Sutherland. He gives examples of applied perspective and argues that the element of choice is what makes a situation more tolerable. Psychological factors should be added to mechanistic ideas in cost-benefit analyses. Things like train arrival clocks and traffic light timers have improved lives because they address human anxieties.

People believe that a company that only sells one type of product is better than a company that sells a wide array of products, which means “Google is as much a psychological success as it is a financial one.” Economics and advertising often fail to understand that what something is, has value, he asserts. An interesting intellectual TEDxAthens Talk.

Fast Times for Our Brains

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A leading neuropsychiatrist describes how our body and brains function in modern society.

Plenty of Fish But Few Catches

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The discouraging economics and psychology of online dating sites, explained.

Irrational Career Incentives

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

In a funny and revealing short lecture, behavioural economist Dan Ariely talks about what motivates and what doesn’t motivate people in the workplace.

Does Pursuing Happiness Cause Misery?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Debate on the pursuit of happiness: internal or external? Pleasure or satisfaction? Experts in diverse fields discuss issues.

What Motivates People to Work Better?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Drive and motivation – what makes people work, and work better? Portion of an RSA lecture, remixed with hand-drawn animation.

Cooperative Games and Agencies

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Nobel laureate Dr. John Nash on economic theory.

Political Behaviour

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Left Brain, Right Brain: Human nature and political values

Trends in economics and politics including consumerism and changes in democracy, and how research into psychology, social networks and behavioural economics is relevant.

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