Our special guest this week is Dan Ariely. Dan is a scientist and author who is well known to our listeners and readers. He is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University and the author of several bestsellers, including Predictably Irrational. Dan’s newest book is Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles.
At Duke, Dan is a part of the School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, the School of Medicine, the School of Public Policy, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Coach Krzyzewski hasn’t yet asked Dan to help with basketball, but based on this story perhaps even that gig is only a matter of time.
I invited Dan to share the results of his simple, yet elegant, research studies that provide solutions to some of the world’s most fundamental unanswered problems. Join us as we discuss everything from how to help parents raise smarter children to why people cheat. Get ready for some valuable information that just might help you find the answers to some of the problems plaguing your life.
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On Today’s Episode We’ll Learn:
- The difference between a scientist and a behavioral hacker.
- How a simple hack helped people in Kenya’s Kibera slum save more money.
- Why 4-year-olds with college saving accounts since birth performed better on mental and social skills testing.
- The big lesson that sports teams can learn from the U.S. Marines.
- How Dan came to write a “Dear Abby” style column for the Wall Street Journal.
- Amazon: Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles by Dan Ariely
- Kindle: Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles by Dan Ariely
- Amazon: The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely
- Dan Ariely
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
- George Lowenstein
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