Behavioral Science

Four Links to Make You Think September 13th - 17th

Vanessa Munteanu
How to overcome the ‘curse of expertise’, why do we form bad habits quicker than the better ones, how copying can help personal and societal development and why we tend to snooze saving for retirement?

Dumbing down isn’t dumb

Many experts tend to under-explain and over-complicate in dialogues with non-expert peers, bringing more confusion than clarity at the table. Psychologists call it the "curse of expertise," or sometimes the "curse of knowledge." Here’s a practical article to help you identify the traps and help yourself become an insight super spreader. 

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The science behind forming better habits

Would indulging yourself in self-help sections help you form good habits faster than the bad ones? In this Big Brains episode, Katy Milkman, author and professor at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania explains why it’s better to turn to behavior science for answers instead.

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When in doubt, copy

This exhaustive article is a brilliant adaptation of the book “I’ll Have What She’s Having,”, both written by three authors, Alex Bentley, Mark Earls and Michael J. O’Brien. Dive in to learn why copying is useful in society, and how it can help predict or understand probabilities when it comes to populations. 

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Why it’s so hard to save for retirement

Although it’s a crucial part of financial life, people tend to fall into their own traps, like believing there’s plenty of time to actually start saving for later in life. Learn about the common pitfalls and how you can change your behavior toward a much-needed pension.

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