The Age-Old Debate – Reward vs. Punishment

Dan Ariely's column today addresses the age-old debate - what works better for modifying behavior - punishments or rewards. Here is the email: Dear Dan, One grocery store I shop at charges a nickel for paper bags, while the other gives me a nickel when I bring my own bag. Which approach is more likely … Continue reading The Age-Old Debate – Reward vs. Punishment

Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

A reader wrote the following to Dan Ariely in today's Wall Street Journal: Hi, Dan. I offered to purchase a computer as a gift for a close relative, and I asked him to pick out the one he wanted. But he simply can’t make a choice. He keeps comparing different models and researching all the … Continue reading Paralysis by Analysis – Guilty as Charged

Did I Just Read What I Think I Read?

side note before I get started - I think my title may give a hint as to why English may be so confusing for people trying to learn it. I used the word "read" twice, but hopefully, most of you you pronounced it two different ways each time. How would somebody not familiar with English … Continue reading Did I Just Read What I Think I Read?

Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

It's "Every Other Saturday" day, which means there is a good chance that there is a Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. So imagine my delight when I turned to the Review section, and there it was, two questions for Dan. That meant the odds were pretty high that my blog today would … Continue reading Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

I’ve Wrapped Up Today’s Blog Post as a Gift for My Readers

To read today's blog, just click on the package above; it's my gift to you, the reader.

I Wouldn’t Want to Be These Research Assistants

I'm not sure if it's an issue that really bothers a lot of guys, or if Dan Ariely is just recycling some of his old letters from readers and his responses. But this is twice in the past few years that Dan has received and responded to the pressure that many men feel when using … Continue reading I Wouldn’t Want to Be These Research Assistants

Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

It's Saturday, which means there's a decent chance I'll be sharing one of Dan Ariely's responses to an email he received from a Wall Street Journal reader. And today is one of those lucky Saturdays. Here was the question: Dear Dan, When I host friends for dinner, can I ask them to help with cleaning … Continue reading Hmmm… I’m Not So Sure About This One

The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

I'll admit it. Over the years there have been times when students have asked me a question to which I didn't quite know the answer, but for some reason, I decided to answer anyway. Sometimes I got lucky and gave the right answer, and sometimes I've given the wrong answer. And sometimes I gave an … Continue reading The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

Some of my long-time readers (i.e., my wife and three sons) might know what today is - it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's blog has something to do with behavioral economist Dan Ariely. For people new to my blog, it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's … Continue reading Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us

If you're of a certain age, you may well remember Sally Field's famous Oscar Acceptance speech in 1985 when she won Best Actress for her role in Places in the Heart. Here is a short clip of her speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FJtsL8AJx0 Field's gushing acceptance speech is well remembered and has since been both admired as earnest … Continue reading Maybe Sally Field Was Speaking for All of Us