The Upside of Irrationality

...like dozens of his own super-interesting academic experiments.? Ariely explains how his own struggle with being severely burned as a youth put him on the path to being one of...

Our Love/Hate Relationship with Carrots and Sticks

...and 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...

The Upside of Quitting: Full Transcript

...center. The fact almost no one takes it, just doesn’t make sense. It does, however, make sense to Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at Duke who studies decision-making. He says...

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...

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Appetizer: Full Transcript

...and appeal to us… Dan Ariely and some of his colleagues did a study where they offered students on campus a choice, they could purchase a fancy Lindt Chocolate for...

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...

The Tax Man Nudgeth: Full Transcript

...actually going to be spent.  Right?  Dan Ariely, a behavioral psychologist at Duke, has a nice idea: to let taxpayers direct a small portion of their tax money to the...

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

...some 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...

More Expense = Less Pain

...have 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,...

FREAK-est Links

...founders. Human brain chemistry: older than animals. Dan Ariely: Fire your financial advisor, hire an algorithm to manage your money. Rutgers study: Biggest concern among unemployed Americans? Too old....