Blog Posts (47)
October 30, 2015
Here is a game you can’t lose. You flip a fair coin ten times and every time it comes up heads, you get $20. Better yet, I won’t even watch you flip the coin, but instead will trust whatever you … Continue reading →
The post Does the Thought of Money Make Us Dishonest? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 9, 2015
Here is a hilarious effort by Utah Valley State presumably to either keep people from crashing into each other while they text on the stairway, or more likely to show them how stupid it is to be engaging in that … Continue reading →
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October 7, 2015
Most conservatives agree that Medicaid costs are too high. Most liberals agree that Medicaid patients should receive necessary medical care for free. And both conservatives and liberals agree that we should embrace ways to encourage Medicaid patients to obtain important … Continue reading →
The post Is It Fair to Reward Medicaid Patients for Doing What They’re Supposed to Do? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 14, 2015
Attention all you design and #nudge fans. Here is a graphic from Propublica that attempts to help people choose a physician.
Do you think it works? What would you do to improve it?
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June 1, 2015
Every once in a while, I post a picture of an effort to nudge people into better behavior. Sometimes, I post pictures of pretty horrendous nudges. In response to one of those posts, Lydia Ashton sent me this picture, of … Continue reading →
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April 14, 2015
Heuristics is jargon used by decision psychologists and behavioral economists to refer to cognitive shortcuts we humans take to make judgments and decisions. One of the first heuristics identified as such by Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky was the anchoring … Continue reading →
The post The Anchoring Heuristic Courtesy of Dilbert appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
April 9, 2015
In the United States, the FDA tried to mandate that cigarette companies put nasty images of the harms of smoking onto cigarette packages, images that would take up at least half of the carton. It looks like that effort has … Continue reading →
The post Incentive to Stop Smoking? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
March 30, 2015
Experts in decision psychology and behavioral economics have conclusively shown that humans, those silly creatures, are not always rational decision makers. They let unconscious forces influence their thinking, and not always for the better. But of course, doctors aren’t human. … Continue reading →
The post The Hidden Psychology of Antibiotic Prescribing appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
March 20, 2015
Last summer, Facebook received terrible press for running experiments on its users, adjusting the proportion of happy and unhappy posts at the top of people’s news feeds to see how that effected their moods. Shortly after that controversy surfaced, OK-Cupid … Continue reading →
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March 5, 2015
A quick quiz before we start today’s lesson. What do we call a tree that grows from acorns? What do we call a funny story? What sound does a frog make? What is another word for a cape? What do … Continue reading →
The post Are Patients Harmed When Physicians Explain Things Too Simply? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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