Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

Recycling Arcade

May 5, 2021

Want to encourage recycling? Make it fun.

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The Bottomless Bin

January 15, 2021

Want to encourage people to stop littering? Make trash bins fun.

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Piano Stairs

December 3, 2020

Want to encourage people to exercise? Make it fun.

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What Men Think About

December 3, 2019

What Men Think About

“By means of a golf tally counter, 283 college students kept track of their thoughts pertaining to food, sleep, or sex for one week. Males reported significantly more need-based cognitions overall, but there was no significant interaction between sex of participant and type of cognition recorded. Therefore, although these young men did think more about sex than did young women, they also thought more about food and sleep.”

— “Sex on the brain?: an examination of frequency of sexual cognitions as a function of gender, erotophilia, and social desirability,” Fisher, Moore, Pittenger,  Journal of Sex Research 2012, via NCBI

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Confident Idiots

May 6, 2019

The Dunning–Kruger Effect is a cognitive bias in which people of low ability mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. They are ignorant of their own ignorance.

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Us versus Them

February 22, 2018

Immigration, Empathy and Psychology. Written by Teagan Wall; animated, and hosted by Vanessa Hill. Produced by BrainCraft for PBS Digital Studios.

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Thinking About Climate Change

July 19, 2017

The University of California’s Dr. M. Sanjayan explains why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change. A Vox video.

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Blame

August 27, 2016

Dr. Brené Brown explains blame in this 3-minute animation by Katy Davis, based on Dr. Brown’s presentation to the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). See the full presentation here.

Animation by Katy Davis.

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Entrepreneurs Take Wild Risks, Right?

January 26, 2015

Entrepreneurs Take Wild Risks, Right?

Since capitalism rewards risk-taking, entrepreneurs must be be less risk-averse than the rest of us, right? Not so fast. A 2004 paper by Hongwei Xu and Martin Ruef concludes that “entrepreneurs are significantly more risk-averse than the general population in pursuing pecuniary benefits.” They tend to limit financial risks that may endanger autonomy and business viability.

More:

“Maybe Entrepreurs Don’t Like Risk Much After All,” Livia Gershon, JSTOR Daily

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Grocery Bags Carry Unintended Consequences

May 12, 2014

Grocery Bags Carry Unintended Consequences
People who bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to help the environment are more likely to buy organic items … and then buy ice cream and cookies, according to new research. Hey, those folks saved the environment, they deserve a treat, right?

More:

“How Grocery Bags Manipulate Your Mind,” Carmen Nobel, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

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