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EPISODE 36

The Art of Communicating Risk

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This week we look at how we communicate risk and uncertainty.  In an article from Harvard Business Review titled, “The Art of Communicating Risk” by Anne Cleaveland, Cussins Newman, and…

EPISODE 35

Improve Productivity by Making Your Workforce Psychologically Safe

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We were inspired by a recent article on CNBC’s website by Cory Steig, called “ ‘Psychological safety’ at work improves productivity–here are 4 ways to get it, according to a…

EPISODE 34

The Single Largest Driver of Coronavirus Misinformation

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Noah Weiland of The New York Times wrote an article titled, “Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump.”  The article is based on research…

EPISODE 33

If You Want To Get Ahead FAST, Don’t Be A Jerk

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This week’s groove comes from an article by Laura Counts from the University of California at Berkley, where she reported on some research by Berkeley Haas professor, Cameron Anderson. Professor…

EPISODE 32

Colleges and the Coronavirus

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We got a call recently from Eugen Dimant, a friend of ours who is an associate professor in behavioral and decision sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, about how the…

EPISODE 31

Redefining Old Age

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Nathan Yau, the head of the FlowingData.com blog site, wrote a piece called “Redefining Old Age” where he explores our changing definition and understanding of what it means to be…

EPISODE 30

Romance and Politics: How to Keep Your Love Alive with Political Differences

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This week we were inspired by an article in The New York Times by Nicole Pajer called “Can Love Survive This Election?” Nicole’s article confirmed our sneaking suspicions about how…

EPISODE 29

What Do Lions, Cow Butts with Painted Eyes and Human Decision Making Have in Common?

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This week we were inspired by Robby Berman’s article on Big Think.com called “Eyes painted on cow butt’s thwart lion attacks.” It got us thinking about how humans put together…

EPISODE 28

3 Reasons Why Dolly Parton is So Likeable

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3 Reasons Why Dolly Parton is So Likeable Today we saw an article in Billboard Magazine by Melinda Newman titled, “Dolly Parton: Steers her Empire Through the Pandemic – and…

EPISODE 27

To Move Fast, Slow Down: 3 Tips to Make Better Decisions in 15 Minutes

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This week we were inspired by an article by Minda Zetlin on Inc.’s webpage titled, “Need to make a difficult decision fast?  Take 15 minutes and do this first.” The…

EPISODE 26

Changes in How We Work

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This week we explore a recent article published in Harvard Business Review’s “The Big Idea” section titled, “Microsoft analyzed data on its newly remote workforce.” It’s written by Natalie Signer-Velush,…

EPISODE 25

The Demographic and Psychological Aspects of Mask Wearing

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Megan Brenan, a research consultant at Gallup, published an article on July 13, 2020, about data collected in a recent Gallup Poll. Her article is titled, “Americans’ Face Mask Usage…

EPISODE 24

Using Diversity to Bring a New Lens to Old Problems

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This week, Tim found an article published by the American Economic Association with Harvard professor Mario Small, PhD called “Rethinking racial discrimination: how sociology can help economics diversify its perspective.”…

EPISODE 23

If You Can Work from Anywhere, Where Will You Live?

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We saw an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “When Workers Can Live Anywhere, Many Ask: Why Do I Live Here?” and it got us thinking. Millions of white-collar…

EPISODE 22

How Riot Art Creates Hope

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We were pleased when we saw an article this week in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, by Alicia Eler titled, “George Floyd Murals, Graffiti on Boarded-Up Twin Cities Businesses Spread a…

EPISODE 21

Reflecting on Protests Sparked by the Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

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On May 25, 2020, a white Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by holding him down with a knee on his neck for over 8 minutes….

EPISODE 20

Reopening Your Business with an Emotional Bootcamp

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Joseph Grenny penned an article on May 20th in HBR.com called “5 Tips for Safely Reopening Your Office.” It tapped into something we have been thinking about recently: What can…

EPISODE 19

Suggestions for How To Deal with Quarantine Fatigue

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This week, we saw an op-ed piece in Elemental Medium called, “Quarantine Fatigue is overtaking us. We could have done better.”  It was written by Gabe Zichermann and he outlined…

EPISODE 18

Losing Your Job Might Cause You to Save More

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This week, Matt Egan in CNN Business wrote a piece called “Americans create new economic threat with their own savings.” In it, he wrote that credit card debt is declining…

EPISODE 17

Communicating Through a Pandemic

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Charles Duhigg, one of our favorite authors on habits, wrote an article for The New Yorker called, “Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead, New York’s Did Not.” The article…

EPISODE 16

Thanks For No Memories

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Our inspiration this week comes from an article written by Shayla Love for Vice titled, “You’ll probably forget what it was like to live through a pandemic.” We thought it…

EPISODE 15

Tips for Maintaining Social Relationships in During COVID-19

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This week, we saw an article in NewScientist titled, “Psychology tips for maintaining social relationships during the lockdown.”  For those of you who haven’t seen it, we thought it would…

EPISODE 14

Why No One is Reading Your Coronavirus Emails

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Todd Rogers, PhD, wrote an editorial piece for CNN called “Why is No One Reading Your Coronavirus Emails,” and we can’t really get it out of our heads. Todd is…

EPISODE 13

Economic Optimism in America – Really?

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This week, we saw a survey conducted by McKinsey about consumer sentiments during the crisis across several different countries, generations and economic statuses. The comparative data is fascinating and we…

EPISODE 12

The Impact of Celebrity Donations

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Celebrities making big donations are nothing new. But in the crisis-ridden days of our coronavirus quarantines, celebrity donations seem to be piling up. Good news for the charities – right?…

EPISODE 11

Out of Toilet Paper? Blame America’s Failings in the Toilet Wars

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Kurt was struck by an article on the National Public Radio site that indicated the United States is significantly behind the rest of the civilized world when it comes to…

EPISODE 10

Manipulated Media – Do Labels Matter?

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This week, Twitter created a new policy and applied it to an edited video of Joe Biden that a White House official posted, and of course, President Trump retweeted.  The…

EPISODE 9

Hacking the Coronavirus and Covid-19

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Coronavirus and the disease it’s created – Covid-19 – is alive and well and getting stronger every day. How bad is it? It’s difficult to say with any certainty in…

EPISODE 8

Donation Burnout

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You’re probably familiar with the dreaded Membership Drive from non-profit organizations around the world. Whichever season it is, there seems to be a membership drive going on. In Minneapolis, where…

EPISODE 7

Garbage Language & Corporate Double Talk: The Downside..and Upside?

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Corporate speak. Garbage language. Double talk. Acronyms. We are fed up with language that lacks clarity and is intended to obfuscate. We were instantly happy when we saw an article…

EPISODE 6

Reclining Airline Seats – Whose Space Is It Anyway?

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How do you deal with someone reclining their airline seat while you’re trying to read? And how do you deal with someone behind you who doesn’t want you to decline…

EPISODE 5

How Do We Deal with Disinformation?

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We saw an article in The Atlantic that caught our attention because of its hook into behavioral science: our willingness to believe disinformation. In this week’s episode, we talk about…

EPISODE 4

Iowa Caucus Conspiracy Theories – How to Inoculate Yourself

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Listeners, especially in the United States, are already aware of the debacle from the Iowa Caucuses and how the Iowa Democratic party used a new app to help streamline the…

EPISODE 3

The Iowa Caucuses – Do They Matter?

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Weekly Grooves is the podcast where we explore topical issues through the lens of behavioral science. Tim Houlihan and Kurt Nelson, PhD have worked in the world of behavioral interventions…

EPISODE 2

How Will We Remember Kobe Bryant

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Weekly Grooves is the podcast where we explore topical issues through the lens of behavioral science. Tim Houlihan and Kurt Nelson, PhD have worked in the world of behavioral interventions…

EPISODE 1

How To Keep Your Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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This is Weekly Grooves’ inaugural episode where we explore topical issues through the lens of behavioral science. Tim Houlihan and Kurt Nelson, PhD have worked in the world of behavioral…