How Contagious Is Behavior? With Laurie Santos of “The Happiness Lab.” (NSQ Ep. 63)
Also: life is good — so why aren’t you happy?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab.
- Stephen M. Kosslyn, professor emeritus of psychology at Harvard University.
- Kevin Ochsner, professor of psychology at Columbia University.
- Iain Couzin, chair of Biodiversity and Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz.
- John Bargh, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University.
- Tanya Chartrand, professor of marketing at Duke University.
- Albert Bandura (deceased), professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University.
- Francesca Gino, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.
- Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University.
- Cristine H. Legare, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
- Edward Diener (deceased), social psychologist.
- Clay Cockrell, psychotherapist and founder of Walk and Talk Therapy.
- Aristotle (deceased), philosopher.
- Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus of psychology at Princeton University.
- Amos Tversky (deceased), professor of psychology at Stanford University.
- “The Hedonic Treadmill – Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows?,” by Seph Fontane Pennock (Positive Psychology, 2021).
- “The Costs of Code-Switching,” by Courtney L. McCluney, Kathrina Robotham, Serenity Lee, Richard Smith, and Myles Durkee (Harvard Business Review, 2019).
- “Episode 2: The Unhappy Millionaire,” by The Happiness Lab (2019).
- “Revealing the Hidden Networks of Interaction in Mobile Animal Groups Allows Prediction of Complex Behavioral Contagion,” by Sara Brin Rosenthal, Colin R. Twomey, Andrew T. Hartnett, Hai Shan Wu, and Iain D. Couzin (PNAS, 2015).
- “The Surprising Value of Negative Thinking,” by Ryan Holiday (Psychology Today, 2014).
- “A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology,” by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2014).
- “A Calm Look at the Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience — Mirror Neurons,” by Christian Jarrett (WIRED, 2013).
- “Contagion and Differentiation in Unethical Behavior: The Effect of One Bad Apple on the Barrel,” by Francesca Gino, Shahar Ayal, and Dan Ariely (Psychological Science, 2009).
- “Emulation, Imitation, Over-Imitation and the Scope of Culture for Child and Chimpanzee,” by Andrew Whiten, Nicola McGuigan, Sarah Marshall-Pescini, and Lydia M. Hopper (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 2009).
- “The Chameleon Effect as Social Glue: Evidence for the Evolutionary Significance of Nonconscious Mimicry,” by Jessica L. Lakin, Valerie E. Jefferis, Clara Michelle Cheng, and Tanya L. Chartrand (Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 2003).
- “The Chameleon Effect: The Perception–Behavior Link and Social Interaction,” by T. L. Chartrand and J. A. Bargh. (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999).
- “Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision Under Risk,” by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky (The Econometric Society, 1979).
- “Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative?,” by P. Brickman, D. Coates, and R. Janoff-Bulman (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1978).
- “Transmission of Aggression Through Imitation of Aggressive Models,” by Albert Bandura, Dorothea Ross, and Sheila A. Ross (Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1961).
- “Nicomachean Ethics,” by Aristotle (350 B.C.E).