Posts Tagged ‘Jonah Lehrer’

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    Irrational and Rational Expectations

    Dec 12, 11 • 255 Views • No Comments

    Sometimes, expectations can determine outcomes. In articles on the placebo effect, Wired and the New Yorker tell us that people tend to believe that green pills are best at diminishing anxiety, brand names are better, and medication taken 4 times daily will...  [read more]

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    Are You A Good Investor?

    Nov 3, 11 • 242 Views • No Comments

    Good investing takes us to our emotions. But not quite how you might expect. Our brains don’t like random events. Instead, we prefer patterns, especially pleasing patterns. For basketball, that means streaks. According to one statistical study of the...  [read more]

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    Walking Matters

    Dec 5, 10 • 236 Views • No Comments

    A podcast on cities from WNYC’s Radiolab cited walking speed as a part of a city’s personality. To walk 60 feet, people averaged 10.55 seconds in Singapore,  12.37 seconds in Paris, 21 seconds in Buchanan, Liberia, and 31.60 seconds in...  [read more]

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    The Marshmallow Test and Financial Reform

    Jun 27, 10 • 231 Views • No Comments

    Is it possible that the marshmallow test relates to financial reform? As described in a 2009 New Yorker article by Jonah Lehrer and a WNYC Radio Lab podcast, a marshmallow test given to 4 year olds might predict adult behavior. 40 years ago, psychologist...  [read more]