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The Misbehaving blog is the online companion to Richard Thaler’s “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics.” Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans―predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth―and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.
The mission of Behavioral Science and Policy Association is to foster dialog between social scientists, policymakers and other practitioners in order to promote the thoughtful application of rigorous, empirical behavioral science in ways that serve the public interest.
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Boring but Important: A Self-Transcendent Purpose for Learning Fosters Academic Self-Regulation
Many important learning tasks feel uninteresting and tedious to learners. This research proposed that promoting a prosocial, self-transcendent purpose could improve academic self-regulation on such tasks. This proposal was supported in 4 studies with over 2,000 adolescents and young adults.
Yeager, D. S., Henderson M. D., Paunesku, D., Walton, G. M., D'Mello, S., Spitzer, B. J., Duckworth, A. L. (2014). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(4), 559-580. doi: 10.1037/a0037637
Hedonomics: Bridging Decision Research with Happiness Research
One way to increase happiness is to increase the objective levels of external outcomes; another is to improve the presentation and choices among external outcomes without increasing their objective levels. Economists focus on the first method. We advocate the second, which we call hedonomics. Hedonomics studies (a) relationships between presentations (how a given set of outcomes are arranged among themselves or relative to other outcomes) and happiness and (b) relationships between choice (which option among alternative options one chooses) and happiness.
Hsee, C. K., Hastie, R., & Chen, J. (2008). Hedonomics: Bridging decision research with happiness research. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3(3), 224–243. doi:10.1111/j.1745-6924.2008.00076.x
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