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Want to Increase Motivation? Step 1: Stop Crushing Spirits

Team leaders often think about ways they can increase motivation – but little thought goes into how they might be killing it.

Motivation Escapes Us When We Don’t Understand Its Machinery

It turns out there's quite a bit of cognitive dissonance impairing our understanding of motivation and happiness. Duke University's Professor Dan Ariely fills in the gaps.

3 Experiments to Improve Voting in American Elections

The maxim "One Man, One Vote" is so enshrined in our understanding of democracy that its weaknesses are difficult to see. Yet weaknesses it has.

How to End Boredom at Home Without Resorting to Anything Too Weird

How does a couple get past mutual boredom? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely suggests they reframe their perception of the dilemma.

Embrace Irrational You, with Organizational Psychologist Dan Ariely

Behavioral economists see humanity as a giant irrational mass. Yet that doesn't mean they're innate pessimists. Rather, they see a giant blank canvas on which masterpieces can be built.

Two Reasons Your Vacations Aren’t Making You Happy

Are your family trips an exercise in pleasure or comfort? Behavior economics guru Dan Ariely notes that there's a vivid difference between the two... and it may mean the difference between a fantastic vacation and one that's just okay.

A Simple Mind Trick Will Help You Think More Rationally

Emotions can cloud our rational decision-making. By adopting the perspective of an outside advisor, psychologist Dan Ariely says we can inject some rationality into our cognitive processes.

Why the Beautiful People Get All the Stuff

People considered physically attractive enjoy many social and professional benefits others do not. But the reasons why are more complex than you might think.

Here’s What Dishonesty Is Really About

Behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely has spent over 10 years researching human dishonesty. What are the different kinds of dishonesty? Why do we tell lies? How can one act of dishonesty escalate further?

We’ve Built a World That Constantly Tempts Us to Make Deadly Mistakes

The downside of technological progress is that we've created more and more technologies capable of killing us. In order to adapt, behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely explains we have to get better at avoiding irrational decisions.

What makes work meaningful: Getting money or feeling motivated?

In the field and in the lab, Psychologist Dan Ariely finds that people want big challenges, some autonomy in pursuing them, a bit of healthy competition, and a sense of completion.

Dan Ariely On The Definition Of Rationality

Ariely studies behavior to muddy the crystalline waters of economic theory.

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