Behavioral Psychology

You know how confident you are when you feel like you look good. A week of regular workouts and an application of the latest age-defying cream, and you're polished enough to take on the world. A hair mishap or a shaving blunder, on the other hand, can make you want to stay hidden behind your...
A couple sitting together on their porch
In the last 30 years, interracial marriage in the United States has more than doubled, from 6.7 percent in 1980 to just over 15 percent in 2010, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report. Yet given that minorities comprise 37 percent of the U.S. population — and will exceed 50 percent by 2043...
Man turning in his resume at a job fair
If you are promoting someone, advocating for them, or hiring them, you ought to choose someone with a track record, right? How then to explain the rookie phenomenon in sports? A college player gets a huge contract to turn professional, while a top-performing veteran gets a merely large one. The...
A baseball batter, umpire and catcher
We like to think of judges and other arbitrators as unbiased, making decisions based solely on the examination of facts of the case and the rule of law. This is, after all, what they’re charged to do, and spend years training to perfect. But there’s one problem: They’re human. Past behavioral...
A baseball batter hitting the ball
Sports fans, rejoice: You may have been right all along about hot streaks. They aren’t a figment of your imagination. Contradicting academic studies dating back 30 years, researchers at Stanford, Berkeley, and Harvard are now finding that a “hot hand” in basketball or baseball is not a statistical...
Students working at a computer
At the core of most successful organizations are people who work well together. Happy collaborators are typically more productive and are less apt to look elsewhere for employment. But what are the circumstances that lead people to want to team up over and over again? Research by Stanford’s Daniel...
A woman giving a presentation in front of an audience
In my previous post on making memorable presentations, I discussed techniques and practices you can employ to help you remember what you intended to say. However, even perfect preparation can’t guarantee that you won’t forget something. Drawing a blank when you’re standing before an audience can...
Students sitting in a lounge area.
Success in college may take years of preparation, dedication, and hard work — but it also helps to have brainy roommates, a Stanford study suggests. Sharique Hasan, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Surendrakumar Bagde, an officer in...

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