Category Archives: Psychology

Powerful thought

(featured image: Martin Cleary CC BY) Economics can help us understand our choices and behaviour even better if it looks inside our heads Isn’t language wonderful? Particularly when you’re learning a language different from your mother tongue and you come … Continue reading

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Rule(r)s of our decisions

Rules may help us make better choices, but they can also restrict our freedom. That makes for complex situations In these tense coronavirus times, job losses are, sadly, not big news in general. When it concerns the Chief Medical Officer … Continue reading

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Embrace your ignorance

(featured image: Robert Couse-Baker CC BY) It is OK not to know stuff for certain, especially when things are uncertain Once upon a time, there was a cat. It was a hypothetical cat, owned and imagined by Erwin Schrödinger, a … Continue reading

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Gambling with the undead

(featured image credit: Dov Harrington CC BY) In these surreal times, it is good to acknowledge the gambles we and others make I am a gambler. The UK is in a near-lockdown state, and yesterday I needed to go to … Continue reading

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Like shifting sands

(featured image credit: Weekend wayfarers CC BY) Our preferences are neither fixed, nor absolute – and that is a good thing, in times of crisis Some people prefer fried tomatoes to steamed broccoli, while for others it is the opposite. … Continue reading

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Our (corona)viral pitfalls

(featured image credit: CDC) The stakes in the global battle against the coronavirus are high, and our ability to make sense of often conflicting messages is under strain – there are many pitfalls. How should we evaluate what we read? … Continue reading

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Eisenhower and the coronavirus

(featured image: Judith E. Bell CC BY) In case of urgency, the unimaginable can become the feasible Say you had two tasks competing for your attention: one is very important, the other one is very urgent. Which one would you … Continue reading

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Behaviour and money

(featured image: jcomp) Despite all the behavioural economics talk, conventional incentives remain a major influence (albeit not necessarily as intended!) on our behaviour – and vice versa The state of New York is the latest territory where new measures to … Continue reading

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Absolute and relative

To understand the world, we need to be able and willing to adopt both an absolute and a relative perspective Did you see that video, a few weeks ago? It was widely shared on social media, and has been viewed … Continue reading

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On viruses and trolleys

(featured image: NIAID CC BY and withvengeance86 CC BY) We can catch a virus on a trolley, but there is another connection – or why we sometimes must think the unthinkable The coronavirus, in the meantime rechristened COVID-19 by the … Continue reading

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