The Upside of Irrationality

Another?pleasurable summer read for me was Dan Ariely‘s?The Upside of Irrationality.? Put simply, the book is an impressive achievement.? It interweaves Ariely’s compelling personal narrative with what seems like dozens...

Our Love/Hate Relationship with Carrots and Sticks

...sticks are often counterproductive.? In fact, one of the coolest experiments described in Dan Ariely‘s?The Upside of Irrationality shows that incentives sometimes backfire. Ariely (together with his collaborators Nina Mazar,...

Spicing Up the Awkward First Date Conversation

Dan Ariely brings behavioral economics to the awkward, boring first date conversation: “Basically, in an attempt to coordinate on the right dating strategy, we stick to universally shared interests like...

A New Car or Ten Thousand Lattes?

At Big Think, Dan Ariely discusses ways to think about money so you splurge less — like equating expensive wine with gallons of milk and making paying hurt a little...

How Much Progress Have Psychology and Psychiatry Really Made? A Freakonomics Quorum

...people who think a lot about such issues — David B. Baker, John Medina, Dan Ariely, Satoshi Kanazawa, Peter D. Kramer, and Laurie Schwartz — and asked them the following:...

More Expense = Less Pain

...therapeutic effects. But this new study – by Dan Ariely and coauthors – shows that the placebo effect is itself subject to experimental manipulation. Their experiment is incredibly clever, and...

Some Links We Like: Economists in the News Edition

Allen Sanderson on numbers in the news. Dan Ariely on how online dating is like drinking wine: “You could describe it, but it’s not a very useful description. But you...