Category Archives: politics

Like me

(featured image: Goran Has/Flickr CC BY 2.0) Is it irrational to favour people with whom you have something important in common? Imagine the prime minister of your country is not someone you naturally align with: in fact, you’d rather see … Continue reading

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Rules and responsibility

Rules of all kinds help us make good decisions all day long, but how does that affect our responsibility for these decisions? Decision-making is effortful. Even if we have only two options to choose from, they often both have numerous … Continue reading

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Choosing trust, trusting our choices

(featured image credit: Savvas Stavrinos) When we elect political leaders, what we really need is to be able to trust them. But how good are we at assessing their trustworthiness? The 2020 US presidential elections will probably be remembered for … Continue reading

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Compensating emotions

(featured image: public domain screenshot) The choices we make reveal that we are sometimes quite content to make material sacrifices for emotional utility, and indeed to accept material compensation for emotional damage. But how far can we go in this? … Continue reading

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I don’t care what you think

(featured image: Johnny Worthington CC BY) How we think matters more than what we think and who we are From the moment we’re born, to understand the world, we rely on the judgement of others. Our parents, our siblings, our … Continue reading

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Economics for other people

(credit: Lenny DiFranza CC BY/Flickr) Two core economics concepts are crucial to our decisions, and even more so if they affect others than just ourselves Late last Sunday, May 31st, my wife’s friend Linda got a surprise from the UK … Continue reading

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Similar, but very different

(credit: 272447 /Pixabay) We sometimes treat similar risks very differently, and that affects how we make decisions Fear of flying is not likely to be something bothering many people any time soon. The latest IATA figures show that, after a … Continue reading

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Festive (behavioural) conversation tips

(featured image: Michael L CC BY) How to avoid awkward silences and uncivilized exchanges around the festive table Chances are that you will either be hosting, or a guest at, a mega dinner party in the next few days. Yes, … Continue reading

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Voter’s regret

(Featured image: STML CC BY) We all experience regret, but it’s an emotion to which there is more than meets they eye at first sight   It’s Friday the 13th, and the people of the UK have woken up to … Continue reading

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The essence of time

(image: studio curve and Butch Dallsay CC BY) We are familiar with the concept of value for money, but are we as good at assessing ‘value for time’? You’re going on a short break tomorrow. You still need to pack … Continue reading

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