The 10 Best Behavioral Science Books for 2020

Pretty much everyone around the world agrees that 2020 was a challenging year and we’re glad it’s all but over. However, 2020 was a year we upped the number of guests (to 90), upped our reading habits (20+ books for the show), and had more authors as guests than in any previous year.

In short, Kurt and Tim read a lot of new books. And because we read bunches of them, we’re here to save you time by offering you our view of the top 10 books – 5 from Kurt and 5 from Tim – on behavioral science from 2020. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did – and as always, let us know what you think!

For quick reference, here’s our list with links for your enjoyment. And here’s to happy reading in 2021!

Top Book List from Kurt

  1. “Behave” by Robert Sapolsky: https://amzn.to/3p5MJWF
  2. “Good Habits, Bad Habits” by Wendy Wood: https://amzn.to/3p6v1lK
  3. “Scarcity” by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan: https://amzn.to/3nsMS62
  4. “Think Like a Rocket Scientist” Ozan Varol: https://amzn.to/34n8OI7
  5. “Before You Know It” by John Bargh: https://amzn.to/3a7L7qg

Top Book List from Tim

  1. “How to Decide” by Annie Duke: https://amzn.to/3wXC98Y 
  2. “Behavioral Insights” by Michael Hallsworth and Elspeth Kirkman: https://amzn.to/2WsJ1Kr
  3. “Alchemy” by Rory Sutherland: https://amzn.to/32euSmT
  4. “Messengers: Who We Listen To, Who We Don’t, and Why” by Steve Martin & Joe Marks: https://amzn.to/3tkJtt4
  5. Unleash Your Primal Brain” by Tim Ash: https://amzn.to/3twmhrC

Honorable Mentions

Thanks for listening and we hope you find your groove with these books!

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AIRDATE: December 20, 2020 EPISODE 194

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The 10 Best Behavioral Science Books for 2020

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Kurt Nelson, PhD & Tim houlihan