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Could Retirement Savings Be a New Form of Political Protest?

Could Retirement Savings Be a New Form of Political Protest? A few weeks ago I received a text from an old college friend , asking for some interesting financial advice.  It read: Her: Hey- do you know anything or any place I can look into about not paying federal taxes? Or ways around all that? I was…

Dan’s Hike, Part 4: Don’t Look Back

By: Stephanie Tepper Regret is a complex emotion bridging the categories we use to conceptualize time. We often think of regret as a feeling we experience in the present towards a focal point in the past, but this focus can fluidly shift from past choices to future hypotheticals and back again. In this final exploration…

Conor Artman: From Music to Math

How long have you worked at CAH? I’ve worked at the lab for about 2 years. What brought you to CAH? I was deciding between being an analyst at the Federal Reserve Board and going to grad school, so I talked to Dan (I had previously interned with CAH). I loved the lab’s work environment,…

Dan’s Hike, Part 3: Getting Meta

By: Stephanie Tepper //  @stephanietepper In the social sciences, we are constantly addressing difficult questions around measuring outcomes of interest. How do we define the success of a behavioral intervention? How do we choose what to test? And how do we measure what we choose to focus on? In this third installment of reflections on…

Help surprise Dan for his 50th birthday

People all over the world will photograph themselves holding a sign with one word, which will be combined into a birthday story sent to Dan Ariely for his 50th birthday, this April 29th If you decide to help, you’ll contribute a photo of yourself (to this page) holding a sign to complete the message for Dan.…

Dan’s Hike, Part 2: Natural Benefits

By: Stephanie Tepper   There is no shortage of research heralding the restorative psychological benefits of spending time in nature, a fact that is certainly not lost on Dan. As he enters the third week of his hike on the Israel National Trail, we’ll look into his feelings of love towards nature, another sentiment that…

The New Big Data

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve likely noticed the astronomical rise of “Big Data.” The idea that working with large data sets can lead to valuable insights into human behavior, interactions, and associations is nothing new. However, something cutting-edge looms on the horizon. A juggernaut of epic proportions:…

Dan’s Hike, Part 1: Trails are Better than Treadmills

By:  Stephanie Tepper Dan has begun a hike on the Israel National Trail and is documenting his journey with daily updates on his psychological experiences. As he ventures from the northern end of the trail located in Dan (seriously — see map below) to the southern tip in Eilat, we’ll follow along by digging deeper…

Julie O’Brien: A Ph.D and a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

How long have you worked at CAH? 9 months What brought you to CAH?   Dan and the opportunity to work with awesome people on awesome projects What is the primary focus of your research?  Health, tech (chatbots, other apps, etc), naive models of behavior and biometrics, adherence, and other stuff like voting Your favorite experience…