2021

06 Jan Best books I read in 2020

2020

12 Jun Aren't we smart, fellow behavioural scientists
07 Apr The limits of behavioural science: coronavirus edition
18 Feb Risk and loss aversion in ergodicity economics
28 Jan Best books I read in 2019
22 Jan Ergodicity economics: a primer

2019

05 Dec The case against loss aversion
14 Nov The next decade of behavioural science: a call for intellectual diversity
06 Nov What can we infer about someone who rejects a 50:50 bet to win $110 or lose $100? The Rabin paradox explored
09 Oct My latest article at Behavioral Scientist: Principles for the Application of Human Intelligence
10 Sep Kahneman and Tversky’s “debatable” loss aversion assumption
05 Aug David Leiser and Yhonatan Shemesh's How We Misunderstand Economics and Why it Matters: The Psychology of Bias, Distortion and Conspiracy
13 May Nick Chater's The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and the Improvised Mind
09 May Debating the conjunction fallacy
30 Apr Three algorithmic views of human judgment, and the need to consider more than algorithms
01 Apr Gigerenzer versus Kahneman and Tversky: The 1996 face-off
25 Feb Barry Schwartz's The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
17 Jan Gary Klein's Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
14 Jan A review of 2018 and some thoughts on 2019
10 Jan Carol Dweck’s Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential
03 Jan Books I read in 2018

2018

27 Dec Gary Klein on confirmation bias in heuristics and biases research, and explaining everything
20 Dec In contrast to less-is-more claims, ignoring information is rarely, if ever optimal
14 Dec My latest in Behavioral Scientist: Simple heuristics that make algorithms smart
07 Dec A problem in the world or a problem in the model
30 Nov The Rhetoric of Irrationality
23 Nov Genoeconomics and designer babies: The rise of the polygenic score
16 Nov How happy is a paraplegic a year after losing the use of their legs?
09 Nov How likely is "likely"?
01 Nov Avoiding trite lists of biases and pictures of human brains on PowerPoint slides
25 Oct Chris Voss’s Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it
18 Oct Me on Rationally Speaking, plus some additional thoughts
11 Oct An evolutionary projection of global fertility and population: My new paper (with Lionel Page) in Evolution & Human Behavior
04 Oct The Paradox of Trust
28 Sep Nudging and the problem of context dependent preferences
26 Sep Robert Sugden's The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist's Defence of the Market
19 Sep Do nudges diminish autonomy?
12 Sep A New Useless Class?
05 Sep Has the behavioural economics pendulum swung too far?
29 Aug The three faces of overconfidence
24 Aug Concern about the "tyranny of choice"? Or condescension towards others’ preferences?
22 Aug Gerd Gigerenzer’s Gut Feelings: Short Cuts to Better Decision Making
15 Aug Gerd Gigerenzer's Rationality for Mortals: How People Cope with Uncertainty
08 Aug The difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something
01 Aug Michael Mauboussin’s Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
25 Jul Robert Sapolsky’s Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers
18 Jul Tom Griffiths on Gigerenzer versus Kahneman and Tversky. Plus a neat explanation on why the availability heuristic can be optimal
11 Jul Opposing biases
04 Jul Hypotheticals versus the real world: The trolley problem
27 Jun Explaining the hot-hand fallacy fallacy
21 Jun Wealth and genes
13 Jun Is the marshmallow test just a measure of affluence?
07 Jun Does a moral reminder decrease cheating?
31 May The marshmallow test held up OK
24 May Teacher expectations and self-fulfilling prophesies
16 May Bankers are more honest than the rest of us
09 May Noise
02 May Behavioural economics: underrated or overrated?
26 Apr My blogroll
25 Apr Thorstein Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class
19 Apr How I focus (and live)
12 Apr Michael Mauboussin's More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places
05 Apr Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
28 Mar Cass Sunstein and Reid Hastie's Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter
21 Mar Some podcast recommendations
14 Mar People should use their judgment ... except they're often lousy at it
07 Mar Mike Walsh interviews me on algorithm aversion
28 Feb Philip Tetlock on messing with the algorithm
21 Feb Michael Lewis’s The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed The World
14 Feb Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
07 Feb Dealing with algorithm aversion
31 Jan Dan Ariely’s Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations
24 Jan AI in medicine: Outperforming humans since the 1970s
17 Jan Is there a "backfire effect"?
10 Jan Benartzi (and Lehrer’s) The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behaviour
03 Jan Best books I read in 2017

2017

20 Nov Psychology as a knight in shining armour, and other thoughts by Paul Ormerod on Thaler's Misbehaving
16 Nov Unchanging humans
13 Nov Getting the right human-machine mix
08 Nov Coursera's Data Science Specialisation: A Review
02 Nov Charles Perrow’s Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies
09 Oct The benefit of doing nothing
05 Oct Adam Alter's Irresistible: Why We Can't Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching
03 Oct Rats in a casino
28 Sep Greg Ip's Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe
30 Aug Does presuming you can take a person's organs save lives?
22 Aug Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
15 Aug Is it irrational?
19 Jul Garry Kasparov's Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins
13 Jul Humans vs algorithms
06 Jul The "effect is too large" heuristic
29 Jun A critical behavioural economics and behavioural science reading list
23 Jun Behavioral Scientist is live
13 Mar Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter Todd and the ABC Research Group's Simple Heuristics That Make Us Smart
27 Feb Pedro Domingos's The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
23 Jan Coursera's Executive Data Science Specialisation: A Review
20 Jan Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths's Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
17 Jan Best books I read in 2016

2016

30 Nov Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
25 Nov Rosenzweig's Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions