In a recent post, I noted how some 20% of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines. Many of you expressed disbelief that the number was so high, and you may also be wondering what to do if you encounter a person who holds such a belief. … Continue reading Dan Ariely Offers Advice on How to Deal with Conspiracy Theorists
A tip of the hat to fellow blogger, Dumbest Blog Ever (DBE), for the idea for this post. DBE left a comment on one of my blogs earlier this week: Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later, which noted how I had been singing the wrong lyrics to my favorite Bruce Springsteen song … Continue reading False Memories, AKA the Mandela Effect
Many high schoolers, and their parents, are often looking for ways to boost their SAT scores. The hope is that a higher score will increase their probability of getting into their school of choice. One popular approach is to hire an SAT tutor; someone who will work one on one with the student to improve … Continue reading Want to Boost Your Kid’s SAT Scores? Don’t Hire an SAT Tutor, Hire a Swimming Coach Instead
From the Decision Lab: Anchoring bias is a cognitive bias that causes us to rely too heavily on the first piece of information we are given about a topic. When we are setting plans or making estimates about something, we interpret newer information from the reference point of our anchor, instead of seeing it objectively. This … Continue reading Was I a Victim of the Anchoring Bias?
It's Time For Another Pinkcast. In this episode, Dan Pink shares three tips from Erica Dhawan, author of the new book Digital Body Language, about how to write more effective emails, ones that people will actually read. Tip Number One: Break long emails into two parts. The top part offers a quick summary and then the rest … Continue reading ITFAP
It's my favorite song of all time, and I sing along with it every time I hear it. In fact, one of my blog posts features the one and only solo singing performance of my life. In case you missed it (it's from 2017, so most readers have not seen it), here it is again: … Continue reading Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post with the title: If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?. Well, after two nights of watching the Olympics, I can confirm the answer I gave two weeks ago with a resounding yes! There is just something … Continue reading The Answer Is a Resounding Yes!
Researchers at Northwestern University say that every time another $50,000 is accumulated by middle age, an individual’s risk of death drops by five percent. In addition, for those who had stashed $139,000 more than a sibling, their chances of outliving them increased by 13 percent. The study is based on 5,400 Americans tracked for almost … Continue reading Money May Not Buy You Happiness, But It Does Buy You a Few Extra Years
I don't know what's more fun; getting old, or whining about getting old. Within the first 30 seconds of my walk today, my right ankle, my right knee, and my left hip were all feeling a little bit less than ideal. I hoped they would start to feel better as I eased into my walk, … Continue reading At Least My Right Elbow Was Fine
My son and I just finished watching the first episode of a relatively new series on Apple TV: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. Here's a brief description of the eight-part series: An immersive, deep-dive rich with archival footage and interviews, “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything,” will show how the musical icons … Continue reading Music Monday: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything