Dan Ariely Offers Advice on How to Deal with Conspiracy Theorists

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

Want to Boost Your Kid’s SAT Scores? Don’t Hire an SAT Tutor, Hire a Swimming Coach Instead

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

Was I a Victim of the Anchoring Bias?

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?

ITFAP

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

Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t a Microchip in the COVID Vaccine

Some 20% of Americans believe in the conspiracy theory that microchips may have been planted inside COVID-19 vaccines that millions of people have already taken worldwide, according to a study by YouGov and The Economist that was conducted last week. Despite a lack of evidence to support such a claim, the poll concluded overall that 15% of Americans … Continue reading Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean There Isn’t a Microchip in the COVID Vaccine

Sorry, But This Post May Make One in Three of You Feel Ill

A recent survey by The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London found that 48 percent of parents with kids between the ages of five and 13 years old don’t know what “STEM” stands for. So it's not surprising that one in three of these parents admit that the very thought of having to answer … Continue reading Sorry, But This Post May Make One in Three of You Feel Ill

I Think the Hairstylist Was Trying to Tell Me Something

I went for my quarterly haircut today to one of those national chains, the same one I've used for several years now. I never ask for a specific stylist, whoever is available is fine with me. And today was my first time to have my haircut by this particular woman. I should have had an … Continue reading I Think the Hairstylist Was Trying to Tell Me Something

How a Visit to an Apple Genius Bar Led to Better Eating Habits

A few months ago my beloved MacBook Air, circa 2012, started acting up. It finally got to the point where I couldn't use it for more than about 30 minutes before it would conk out. When I tried to reboot it, the screen was a very ominous-looking gray background with an icon of a folder … Continue reading How a Visit to an Apple Genius Bar Led to Better Eating Habits

Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…

A few months ago, I wrote a post about my new favorite TV show, Ted Lasso, giving some background on the show and my enthusiasm for it. Apparently, I am not alone in my opinion about the show. Jason Sudeikis, who plays Ted Lasso, has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award … Continue reading Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…

Cognitive Bias Friday: the Cheerleader Effect

After reading about this cognitive bias, I feel like I need to change all of my social media pictures from individual photos to group photos, preferably a group photo where everyone is better-looking than me, which is easily done. In fact, it would be impossible for that not to happen. The reason? The cheerleader effect. … Continue reading Cognitive Bias Friday: the Cheerleader Effect