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Episode 97: Opinions and Reputations with Christian Wheeler

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Christian Wheeler studies the intersection of opinions, communication, and personal identity. He’s a professor of management and marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In our conversation, we talk about the quirks of teaching in a business school, the promise of improv exercises for learning life skills, and his new research on the reputational benefits (or not) of being good at...

Episode 96: Anti-Science Views with Aviva Philipp-Muller

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Aviva Philipp-Muller studies why people might pass on science. She’s an Assistant Professor of marketing at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. We talked about her research on people’s openness to science in consumer products and how they’re marketed. She also shared her perspective on how anti-science views are an issue of persuasion. Things that come up in this episode:...

Episode 95: Marketing Across Cultures with Aaron Barnes

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Aaron Barnes is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Louisville College of Business. He studies how persuasion, branding, and consumer–brand relationships differ between cultures. In our conversation, we talk about Aaron’s story and some of his research on how the influence of calling a product “top-rated” versus “best-selling” depends on culture...

Episode 94: Bringing Behavioral Science to Government with David Halpern

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David Halpern is the President & Founding Director of the Behavioral Insights Team. It started as a “nudge unit” in the British government but has gone on to become its own company with offices around the world. We talked to David in 2021 when we were gathering interviews for our podcast series, They Thought We Were Ridiculous: The Unlikely Story of Behavioral Economics. But he...

Episode 93: A Life in Behavioral Science with Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman was a titan in social science. He transformed our understanding of decision-making, he taught a generation about social psychology, he won a Nobel prize. It’s hard to overstate his influence. He passed away last week, and the field is mourning the loss. Along with the hosts of the podcast Behavioral Grooves, I interviewed Kahneman back in 2021, and we...

Episode 92: Can We Fix Social Media? with Andy Guess

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Andy Guess studies how social media platforms shape people’s political views. He’s an assistant professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University. Last summer, he was part of a big team that released four papers on their analyses and experiments in social media all at the same time. The research was in collaboration with Meta, the company responsible for Facebook and Instagram...

Episode 91: Being a Social Science Maverick with Sendhil Mullainathan

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Sendhil Mullainathan does a lot of things, and he does them well. He’s a professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. I originally talked to Sendhil for our podcast series, They Thought We Were Ridiculous. He was well-positioned to give his perspective on a contentious, interdisciplinary field of social science called “behavioral...

Special: “They Thought We Were Ridiculous”

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The Unlikely Story of Behavioral Economics Two great podcasts. Three years of recording and research. Interviews with the Nobel Laureates, esteemed professors, and policymakers at the heart of a movement. It all combines to tell the unlikely story of how a group of tenacious thinkers pushed back against tradition and built ideas with impact. Across this five-part series, we tell the story of how...

Episode 90: How Prejudice Works with Jack Dovidio

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Jack Dovidio‘s work is at the heart of how we currently understand the psychology of prejudice. He’s spent his career considering where prejudice comes from, how people express it, how it biases people’s judgments and behaviors, and what we could do to address it. He’s an emeritus professor at Yale University, and he’s also just a really pleasant guy to talk to. In...

Episode 89: Opinions of our Partners with Jim McNulty

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Jim McNulty is a professor of psychology at Florida State University. He studies close relationships, and in this episode, we talk about his research on “automatic partner attitudes.” When someone sees their romantic partner, their feelings about that person spring automatically to mind. And sometimes those feelings conflict with what they openly SAY they feel about their partner...

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