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EPISODE 165

Shlomi Ron: Visual Storying Telling In a Time of Crisis

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Shlomi Ron is the CEO of the Visual Storytelling Institute. He co-founded the institute after 20 years of digital marketing with some of the…

EPISODE 164

Steve Wendel, PhD: Designing for Behavior Change

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Stephen Wendel, PhD is an applied behavioral scientist who studies how digital products can help people take action more effectively. He currently serves as…

EPISODE 163

Robert Cialdini, PhD: Littering, Egoism and Aretha Franklin

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[NOTE: This episode is republished from #50 in January 2019.] Robert Cialdini, PhD is counted among the greatest psychological researchers alive today and his published…

EPISODE 162

Grooving: On the Principle of Scarcity

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[NOTE: This episode is republished from #74 in June 2019.] This episode is a discussion on the principle of scarcity. Kurt and Tim attempt…

EPISODE 161

Katy Milkman, PhD: Using Behavior Change for Good

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[NOTE: This is a republished episode from #99 in November 2019.] Katy Milkman is no ordinary behavioral scientist. She’s a Professor of Operations, Information…

EPISODE 160

Grooving: On Goals and Goal Setting

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[NOTE: This episode is republished from #92 in October 2019.] Goals are often misunderstood. Goals are much more than just objectives that are handed…

EPISODE 159

Covid-19 Crisis: Caroline Webb, Senior Advisor at McKinsey, on The Value of Where We Place Our Attention and Amplifying Certainty

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Caroline Webb, a Senior Advisor at McKinsey, is an executive coach, author, and speaker specializing in insights from behavioral science to improve our lives…

EPISODE 158

Covid-19 Crisis: Margaret Robinson Rutherford, PhD on Perfectly Hidden Depression

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Margaret Robinson Rutherford, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice with more than twenty-five years of experience treating individuals and couples for depression,…

EPISODE 157

Grooving: Where Will You Live if You WFH?

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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…

EPISODE 156

Covid-19 Crisis: Elizabeth Gilbert, PhD on Adaptability, Imaginal Exposure and Lists

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Elizabeth Gilbert, PhD is the Head of Research at PsychologyCompass, a content platform that uses insights from psychology and neuroscience to teach people how…

EPISODE 155

John Bargh: Dante, Coffee and the Unconscious Mind

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John Bargh, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Management at Yale University. His name may be familiar because of the replication crisis, but…

EPISODE 154

Covid-19 Crisis: Howard Friedman, PhD on The Value of Human Life

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Howard Friedman is a data scientist, health economist, and writer with decades of experience in both the private and public sectors, as well as…

EPISODE 153

Grooving: 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…

EPISODE 152

Covid-19 Crisis: Chris Pfeiffer on Tips for Adjusting Sales Comp Plans

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Chris Pfeiffer is a Senior Business Analyst at Tegra Analytics. Chris specializes in salesforce effectiveness in the life science industry, which includes incentive compensation,…

EPISODE 151

Dan Hill, PhD: On the Facial Coding of Trump, Hendrix, Prince, Gretzky and the Beatles

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Dan Hill, PhD is an internationally recognized expert on the role of emotions in politics, business, sports, and popular culture. He pioneered the use…

EPISODE 150

Covid-19 Crisis: Claire Bidwell Smith on Grief During the Crisis

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Claire Bidwell Smith is a licensed therapist specializing in grief and the author of three books of nonfiction, most recently ANXIETY: The Missing Stage…

EPISODE 149

Covid-19 Crisis: Kristen Berman on Remote Work, Quaranteams and Marinades

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Kristen Berman is the co-founder of Irrational Labs and co-founder and principal at Common Cents Lab,  a non-profit behavioral consulting company, with Dan Ariely….

EPISODE 148

Covid-19 Crisis: Stephen Curtis on Neuroplasticity and Creating the Ideal

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Stephen Curtis, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Neuroscience Experimental Psychology. He specializes in Performance Psychology with professional and college athletes,…

EPISODE 147

Gary Latham, PhD: Goal Setting, Prompts, Priming, and Skepticism

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Gary Latham, PhD is the Secretary of State Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management in the University of Toronto. His…

EPISODE 146

Covid-19 Crisis: Mariel Beasley on Increasing Short Term Savings During the Crisis

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Mariel Beasley is the Co-Director of the Common Cents Lab at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University. She works on applications of…

EPISODE 145

Samuel Salzer: Benefits and Perils of Streaks

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Samuel Salzer is a leading behavioral strategist and habit expert, having worked with organizations across Europe, Australia, and North America. Among other things, he’s…

EPISODE 144

Covid-19 Crisis: Kaveh Yazdifard on Uniting Innovators from Tehran

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Kaveh Yazdifard is the Chief Innovation Officer at Sahab Pardaz located in Tehran, Iran. He is also the Director of Urban Innovation for the…

EPISODE 143

Covid-19 Crisis: Gretchen Chapman, PhD on The Psychology of Vaccinations

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Gretchen Chapman, PhD researches how we make decisions about vaccines. She is a Professor in the Social & Decision Sciences department at Carnegie Mellon…

EPISODE 142

Covid-19 Crisis: Jules Nolan on The Kids are Alright – Insights on Coping Through the Crisis

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Jules Nolan, PhD is a psychologist, speaker, and author. She is the president of the Minnesota School Psychology Association and chairwoman for the Human…

EPISODE 141

Thanks For No Memories During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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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…

EPISODE 140

Covid-19 Crisis: Greg Davies, PhD on the Fetish of Optimization

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Greg Davies, PhD is a specialist in applied behavioral finance, decision science, impact investing, and financial wellbeing. He founded the banking world’s first behavioral…

EPISODE 139

Iris Tzafrir: A Kind Word

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Iris Tzafrir is an inspirational and influential cross-functional leader in strategy and business development, deal-making, value actualization, and merger integration. She grew up in…

EPISODE 138

Covid-19 Crisis: Anurag Vaish on Risk is a Feeling, Not a Number

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Anurag Vaish is the co-founder and director of The FinalMile in Mumbai, India. In building the company’s practice of Behavior Architecture, Anurag led the…

EPISODE 137

Artem Petakov: Our Biggest Competitor is the Couch

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Artem Petakov is a co-Founder of Noom, a behavioral change and weight loss product that marries both psychology and AI to help people form…

EPISODE 136

Covid-19 Crisis: Michael Boden on How Field Sales Reps Are Adapting to the Crisis

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Michael Boden is the Head of U.S. Crop Protection Sales at Syngenta, a global agrochemicals and seeds firm based in Basel, Switzerland. He joined…

EPISODE 135

Covid-19 Crisis: Alessandro del Ponte on Moral Dilemmas with Economic Consequences

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Alessandro del Ponte is a research fellow at the National University of Singapore working in the Behavioral Change program at the Global Asia Institute….

EPISODE 134

Stuart King: On the “What The Hell” Effect

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Stuart King designs evidence-based interventions for children and adults to change their behavior and manage their weight. He has worked with the UK’s NHS…

EPISODE 133

Covid-19 Crisis: Cristina Bicchieri – Messaging Rules For Improving Social Behavior

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Cristina Bicchieri, PhD is the S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, a Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University…

EPISODE 132

Grooving: The Impact of Temporal Discounting

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In this grooving episode, Kurt and Tim discuss Temporal Discounting and it’s closely related cousins. Temporal discounting is where we tend to value events…

EPISODE 131

Covid-19 Crisis: Aline Holzwarth on Our Behavioral Immune System

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Aline Holzwarth is the head of Behavioral Science at Pattern Health in Durham, North Carolina and a writer who supplies work to Behavioral Scientist…

EPISODE 130

Covid-19 Crisis: Brad Shuck, PhD on Pausing, Building Capacity and “Not Business as Usual”

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Brad Shuck, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville. He is…

EPISODE 129

Covid-19 Crisis: Eugen Dimant, PhD on the Roles of Social Norms and Good Science

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Eugen Dimant, PhD is an Associate Professor of Practice in Behavioral and Decision Sciences, which is part of the new Center for Social Norms…

EPISODE 128

Covid-19 Crisis: Wendy Wood, PhD on Habits, Productivity and Being Gentle with Yourself

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Wendy Wood, PhD is a social psychologist whose research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior. She researches and teaches at USC both in…

EPISODE 127

Deborah Small, PhD: Processing Probabilistic Events and Making Donations

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Deborah Small, PhD is a professor of marketing in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research crosses the intersections of psychology…

EPISODE 126

Covid-19 Crisis: Rodd Wagner on The Zen of Staying Safe

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Rodd Wagner is a Forbes columnist and bestselling author of books on leadership, employee engagement and collaboration. Rodd’s books have been published in 10…

EPISODE 125

Covid-19 Crisis: Annie Duke on Hedging and the Last Disaster Syndrome

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Annie Duke is an author, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space. Her most recent book, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When…

EPISODE 124

Covid-19 Crisis: Ali Fenwick, PhD on Leveraging the Crisis for Good

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Ali Fenwick, PhD is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Hult International Business School in London and Dubai. He specializes in applying behavioural traits…

EPISODE 123

Covid-19 Crisis: James Brewer on Changing His Mind

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James Brewer is the Director of Marketing Platforms and Global Customer Operations for Eli Lilly and Company.  Over the years, Kurt and Tim have…

EPISODE 122

Covid-19 Crisis: Don’t Outsource Your Critical Thinking with Christian Hunt

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Christian Hunt is the founder of Human Risk, a Behavioral Science consulting and training firm specializing in risk, compliance, conduct & culture. Previously, Christian…

EPISODE 121

Covid-19 Crisis: Barry Ritholtz on Keeping Perspective

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Barry Ritholtz is the CIO of Ritholtz Wealth Management and the host of the Bloomberg podcast Masters in Business, where he talks almost as…

EPISODE 120

Covid-19 Crisis: Emotional Impact of WFH with Liz Fosslien

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Liz Fosslien was our guest on Episode 56 and we asked her back to kick off our series on the behavioral aspects of how…

EPISODE 119

Managing Coronavirus – An Introduction to Weekly Grooves

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This is an episode originally produced for Weekly Grooves. We hope you enjoy! Coronavirus and the disease it’s created – Covid-19 – is alive…

EPISODE 118

Chiara Varazzani: Behavioral Science Needs More Neuroscience

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Chiara Varazzani, PhD is the Principal Advisor at the Behavioral Insights Unit in the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in Australia. Chiara…

EPISODE 117

John Fuisz: Tracking Emotional Vectors

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John Fuisz is co-founder of Veriphix and a marketer who believes in building great brands. He does so with a sophisticated system that, on…

EPISODE 116

Andrew Wagner: The Economics Inside Online Games

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Author and economist Andrew Wagner’s new book, The Economics of Online Gaming, shares how economic decisions get made by players of online games. We…

EPISODE 115

Ethical Application of Behavioral Science in the Workplace

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In this special edition, bestselling author and Forbes contributor, Rodd Wagner, organized a question-and-answer session with Kurt and Tim in front of a live audience to…

EPISODE 114

Adam Hansen: Beyond Innovation

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As a new product and innovation professional, Adam Hansen has always believed in the power of possibility – accepting new approaches, questioning conventional wisdom,…

EPISODE 113

Caroline Webb: Still Having a Great Day

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For this episode, we’re republishing a terrific conversation we had with economist and author, Caroline Webb, PhD (in episode 33). We loved her book, How…

EPISODE 112

Grooving: The Behavioral Diagnosis

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In this grooving session, Kurt and Tim share how to conduct a behavioral diagnosis. A behavioral diagnosis is a tool we use to uncover…

EPISODE 111

Announcing Weekly Grooves

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Kurt and Tim are producing a new podcast called Weekly Grooves, launching January 31, 2020. Weekly Grooves is the weekly podcast that offers insights…

EPISODE 110

Steve Martin and Joe Marks: The Messenger is the Message

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Stephen Martin and Joe Marks, PhD dive deep into one of the most important eye-openers about communication in our world today: the importance of…

EPISODE 109

Melina Palmer: Using Behavioral Economics to Help Businesses

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Melina Palmer is the host of The Brainy Business podcast and she has dedicated her career to seeking answers to these questions for herself…

EPISODE 108

Grooving on Our Favorite Podcast Episodes of 2019

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Too often, in our estimation, people make recommendations to us with the intent to improve our life but the effect on us is the…

EPISODE 107

Rory Sutherland: The Opposite of a Good Idea is a Good Idea

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Rory Sutherland is a British advertising executive who became fascinated with behavioral science. Between his TED talks, books and articles, he has become one…

EPISODE 106

Jana Gallus: The Role of Precision in Incentives

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Jana Gallus, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Behavioral Decision Making at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business and our discussion dissected the…

EPISODE 105

Reuben Kline: When Too Many Choices Might Be Just Right

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The research that Reuben Kline, PhD is working on is focused on climate change mitigation. As an associate professor of political science and the…

EPISODE 104

Eugen Dimant: What to Do About Bad Apples

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Eugen Dimant, PhD is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Department and a Senior Research Fellow at the Identity…

EPISODE 103

Grooving: Kiki and Bouba Minds

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Imagine that these two drawings are called Kiki and Bouba in some alien language.  If you had to guess which one was Kiki and…

EPISODE 102

Cristina Bicchieri: Social Norms are Bundles of Expectations

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Cristina Bicchieri, PhD is the S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, a Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the…

EPISODE 101

Grooving: 2019 Reading List

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Kurt and Tim like to read about behavioral science and a variety of related fields. To help those interested in the subject, but unsure…

EPISODE 100

The 100th Episode Celebration in Philadelphia

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This is Behavioral Grooves’ 100th episode! Who would have thought when we started out two years ago without a clue about HOW to produce…

EPISODE 99

Katy Milkman: Behavior Change for Good

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Katy Milkman is no ordinary behavioral scientist. She’s a Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at Wharton and has a secondary faculty appointment in…

EPISODE 98

Chris Nave: Educating BeSci Practitioners at UPenn

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Chris Nave, PhD is the Associate Director of the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Program at the University of Pennsylvania. We caught up…

EPISODE 97

Chris Brown: Avalanches and System 1 Thinking

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Chris Brown is in human risk management and practice is set in backcountry snow. He grew up outside of Philadelphia and after graduating with…

EPISODE 96

Zarak Khan and Erik Johnson: Action Design Network and Beyond

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Sometimes things just go better in twos and that was the case regarding our guests for this episode. Zarak Kahn is the Behavioral Innovation…

EPISODE 95

Victoria Shaffer: End of Life Decision Tools

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Victoria Shaffer is a researcher and professor at the University of Missouri. Victoria focuses on applying decision psychology and behavioral economics to medical decision…

EPISODE 94

Grooving: UPenn Norms and Behavioral Change Workshop

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Kurt and Tim were invited to attend the Norms and Behavioral Change (NoBeC) workshop at the University of Pennsylvania on October 17 and 18,…

EPISODE 93

Paul Hebert: 7 Deadly Incentive Sins

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Paul Hebert knows incentives. He is the Vice President of Individual Performance Strategy at Creative Group, Inc. and a writer, speaker and consultant and…

EPISODE 92

Grooving: On Goals

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Goals are often misunderstood. Goals are much more than just objectives that are handed down to subordinates. Rather, goals are self-determined in the best…

EPISODE 91

Brad Shuck: Being Ignored is Worse Than Having a Stapler Thrown at You

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Brad Shuck, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.  He is…

EPISODE 90

Jim Guszcza: Data Science AND Behavioral Science, New Wine in a New Bottle

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Jim Guszcza is the chief data scientist at Deloitte Analytics. His title paints a picture that he’s a total numbers geek. And that would…

EPISODE 89

Gina Merchant: Combating Misinformation

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Gina Merchant, PhD is a behavioral scientist who wound her way through academia and into the corporate world for the purpose of improving the…

EPISODE 88

Annie Duke: Revisiting the Matrix

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We are re-sharing our original September 2018 discussion with Annie Duke to announce the Behavioral Grooves 100th Episode on the evening of October 17,…

EPISODE 87

Announcements: Minneapolis and Philadelphia Events

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Groovers, a couple of announcements for you: 1. Kurt and I are hosting a meetup immediately after Customer Focus North in Minneapolis on September 19,…

EPISODE 86

Christian Hunt: Mitigating Human Risk and The Algorithmic Mind

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Christian Hunt is the founder of Human Risk, a Behavioral Science Consulting and Training firm specializing in the fields of Risk, Compliance, Conduct &…

EPISODE 85

Brian Ahearn: Influencing People Ethically

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Brian Ahearn is Behavioral Grooves’ first repeat guest. (He was first featured in Episode 39: The Heart of Reciprocity.) We recently reconnected with him…

EPISODE 84

Alex Blau: The Implementation-Intention Framework

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Alex Blau is a vice president at ideas42 with projects in consumer finance, design and decision-making, and international development. In our discussion, we focused on…

EPISODE 83

Steven Sisler: Seeing People as We Are

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Steven Sisler may not be a household name, but he should be. Steve is a Master Level Behavioral Profiler and the lead Behavioral Analyst…

EPISODE 82

Chris Matyszczyk: Listening to Music While You Work

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Our guest in this episode is a prolific writer and observer of the human condition, Chris Matyszczyk (pronounced ma-TIS-chick). We talked with Chris about…

EPISODE 81

Scott Jeffrey: On Justifiability

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Because we’re taking a little break, we are republishing one of our favorite episodes: a conversation with Scott Jeffrey, PhD from Monmouth University in…

EPISODE 80

Grooving: On Behavioral Songs

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Kurt and Tim groove on where behavioral science shows up in popular music. Social norms, loss aversion…all at its best. The human condition is…

EPISODE 79

Grooving on Cognitive Dissonance

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We met up with Kathleen Vohs, PhD at our Behavioral Grooves Meetup in Minneapolis on the evening that her op-ed article appeared in the…

EPISODE 78

Matt Loper: Helping Patients Adhere to Medication Plans

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In this episode, we spoke with Matt Loper, CEO and Co-Founder of Wellth, an app that helps people with chronic conditions improve their health…

EPISODE 77

Grooving: On Liking

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In this episode, Kurt and Tim explore Robert Cialdini’s Fifth Principles of Influence: Liking. In it, we groove on the very powerful tool for…

EPISODE 76

Nurit Nobel: De-Biasing the Recruiting Process

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In this episode, we spoke with Nurit Nobel, who is living in Stockholm, Sweden where she’s working on her PhD. Nurit is a co-founder…

EPISODE 75

Jonathan Mann: Integrating Behavioral Science into User Experience

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The role of the User Experience (UX) designer is growing in corporations around the world. UX Designers have a great deal of influence over…

EPISODE 74

Grooving: On Scarcity

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This episode is a discussion on the principle of scarcity. Kurt and Tim illuminate the power of this very fundamental effect in behavioral science…

EPISODE 73

Terry Esau: Carbon Fiber Therapist

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Terry Esau is the founder of Free Bikes 4 Kids, a non-profit based in Minneapolis that collects and distributes tens of thousands of bikes…

EPISODE 72

Roger Dooley: Friction and Engagement

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Roger Dooley is the author of Friction, his newest book that summarizes great examples of companies do good things to reduce friction for customers…

EPISODE 71

Alex Imas: Clawback Incentives and Tom Waits

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Alex Imas is an assistant professor of economics in the Social & Decision Sciences department at Carnegie Mellon’s Dietrich College. His research dovetails perfectly…

EPISODE 70

Grooving: The Uber Science Symposium

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On May 3, 2019, Kurt and Tim attended an invitation-only Science Symposium featuring a track on behavioral science at the San Francisco headquarters of…

EPISODE 69

Russell Golman: On Information Avoidance

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Russell Golman is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Economics and Decision Sciences in the Social & Decision Sciences Department at CMU.  His pioneering, interdisciplinary…

EPISODE 68

Julie Downs: From Sexual Health to the Sahel

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Julie Downs, PhD is an associate professor of psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences department at Carnegie Mellon’s Dietrich College and fits perfectly…

EPISODE 67

George Loewenstein: On a Functional Theory of Boredom

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George Loewenstein, PhD is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences Department in the Dietrich College…

EPISODE 66

Silvia Saccardo: Ethics of Decisions and Italian Rap

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Silvia Saccardo, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Social and Decision Sciences department in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences…

EPISODE 65

Grooving: Listeners, can you help us?

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At this writing, we’ve recorded and published 64 episodes of Behavioral Grooves and we’d like to make sure we’re on the right course for…

EPISODE 64

Danny Oppenheimer: Governance and Helicopter Parenting

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Daniel Oppenheimer, PhD, known to all as “Danny,” is a professor of psychology in the Social and Decision Sciences department in the Dietrich College…

EPISODE 63

Jeff Galak: High Heels and Hedonic Decline

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Jeff Galak, PhD is a professor at the Social and Decision Sciences department in the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Carnegie…

EPISODE 62

Linda Babcock: Helping Women Build Better Careers at Carnegie Mellon

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This is the first in a series featuring researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Social and Decision Sciences (SDS) department in the Dietrich College of…

EPISODE 61

Amit Sood: The Ultimate Happiness Doctor

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Looking for a simple 5-step plan to be happier? Our guest has one. Amit Sood, PhD is an author and physician at the world-renowned…

EPISODE 60

Francesca Gino: Curiosity and Rebellion Makes Your Career

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Imagine a company where 100% of the employees are rebels – would it be chaotic or wonderful? Our guest from the Harvard Business School,…

EPISODE 59

Jeanie Whinghter and Afra Ahmad: Balance vs. Harmony

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In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with two guests: Jeanie Whinghter, PhD and Afra Ahmad, PhD. Jeanie is the Chair of…

EPISODE 58

Michael Kaplan: Seeking Naysayers

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Michael Kaplan is a private equity and angel investor who was part owner and president of the wildly successful carpet cleaning franchise called Zerorez….

EPISODE 57

Grooving on Reciprocity

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This is the second episode in a series on the 6 Principles of Persuasion as identified by Robert Cialdini, PhD, in his 1984 book,…

EPISODE 56

Liz Fosslien: The Smile File

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Liz Fosslien is the co-author and illustrator of No Hard Feelings: The secret power of embracing emotions at work.  The book is a wickedly…

EPISODE 55

Luke Battye: The Peak-End Effect and Fast Food

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Luke Battye is a product/service consultant with a background in Experimental Psychology and innovation. Luke founded a behavioral design consultancy, called Sprint Valley in…

EPISODE 54

Saurabh Bhargava: A More Serene Path to Financial Wellbeing

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Saurabh Bhargava, PhD is a professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and he joined us in the Behavioral Grooves studio during…

EPISODE 53

John Sweeney: Everything Is a Story

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John Sweeney is the author of Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation, corporate keynote speaker, improvisational impresario,…

EPISODE 52

Rodd Wagner: This Episode Could Save Your Life

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The safety insights from our guest could save your life! Rodd Wagner is The New York Times bestselling author of the book “Widgets: The 12…

EPISODE 51

Thomas Steenburgh: How to Sell New Products

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Thomas Steenburgh, PhD is a senior professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at the Darden School of Business at the University of…

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Robert Cialdini, PhD: Littering, Egoism and Aretha Franklin

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Robert Cialdini, PhD is counted among the greatest psychological researchers alive today and his published works have been cited thousands of times. His New…

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Grooving: Political Stalemates – Insights on Consistency

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This episode is first in a series called Exploring the Principles of Influence, named for Robert Cialdini, PhD’s principles in his 1984 book, Influence….

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Ori Brafman: On Starfish, Burning Man and Efficient Markets

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In this episode, we had a discussion with Ori Brafman about decentralization and how our brains respond to cash and cocaine. Ori is a…

EPISODE 47

Barry Ritholtz: How to Reduce Evolutionary Panic

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In this special edition, we sat down with Barry Ritholtz, a Wall Street investment maven, host of the podcast Masters In Business, a regular…

EPISODE 46

Grooving on Too Much Stuff

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After the gift-giving holidays – Hanukkah and Christmas – homes and apartments are bursting at the seams with more stuff.  Knick-knacks, novelties, gewgaws, tchotchkes,…

EPISODE 45

Grooving: Top 10 Podcasts of 2018

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During 2018, Behavioral Grooves published 44 episodes and expanded our viewers into more than 90 countries. To celebrate our successful first year, Kurt and…

EPISODE 44

Sam Tatam: Smelling the Brand

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Sam Tatam is the behavioral strategy director at Ogilvy in London. Sam helps his clients develop new ways to manage behavioral issues they have…

EPISODE 43

Will Leach: Marketing to Mindstates

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Will Leach is a marketer, econometrician and author whose recent book, Marketing to Mindstates, captured our attention before it was even published. His clever,…

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Grooving on: New Year’s Resolutions

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Every year, millions of people make resolutions at the start of the new year and researchers indicate that 91% of those resolutions are sunk…

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Michael Hallsworth: From MINDSPACE to EAST

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In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Michael Hallsworth PhD, the Managing Director of the North American Behavioral Insights Team. We met up with…

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Re-Grooving on Annie Duke

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This is a special Re-Grooving session for your speedy listening enjoyment. In this re-grooving episode, we are re-sharing the Grooving Session (only the Grooving…

EPISODE 39

Brian Ahearn: The Heart of Reciprocity

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Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence People, LLC, and one of only 20 Cialdini Method Certified Trainers in the world. Brian’s…

EPISODE 38

Linnea Gandhi: Crushing on Statistics

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University of Chicago MBA professor Linnea Gandhi talked with Kurt and Tim recently about her consulting work, her passion for statistics, grading papers and…

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Grooving on Civil Discourse at the Thanksgiving Table

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Political discussions in many places around the world have become more contentious than at any time in our recent history. It seems almost impossible…

EPISODE 36

David Yokum: Science is Hard

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David Yokum may not be a household name but that shouldn’t stop you from listening. If you’ve ever wondered about police officer body cameras…

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Grooving on Waiting: Why we don’t like to be idle

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While Kurt and Tim were waiting for a podcast interviewee to log in recently, we decided to discuss the behavioral and psychological aspects of waiting….

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Koen Smets: The Altered Chord

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Koen Smets is not a household name, but it ought to be. Pronounced KEWN, our guest in this episode is Belgian by birth and…

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Caroline Webb: Having a Good Day

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Caroline Webb is an overachiever. Oxford, Cambridge, Levy Economics Institute, McKinsey & Associates, Carnegie Hall performer, Davos World Economic Forum speaker. It’s an inspiring…

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Grooving on Books: Our Top 10 Recommended books on Behavioral Science

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In this grooving session, Kurt and Tim discuss books that they believe every behavioral science nerd should (yes: should) read. Kurt was limited to 5…

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Leaving the Matrix: Annie Duke and Insights into how you can improve your thinking!

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 Annie Duke’s latest book, Thinking in Bets, Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, is a masterful mash-up of her life…

EPISODE 30

Education: The Path to a More Prosperous Life with Sarita Parikh

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Sarita Parikh is the Senior Director of Consumer Experience and Strategy at GED Testing Service, a business that helps adults use education as a…

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Beyond a Framework featuring Bri Williams

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Bri Williams is an Australian pioneer in the application of behavioral sciences. She was an early follower of Dan Ariely, BJ Fogg and Richard…

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Grooving on Priming: How Your Socks Influence Your Behavior

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Priming is a technique whereby exposure to one stimulus influences a response to a subsequent stimulus without conscious guidance or intention. In other words,…

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Grooving on Goals: The Magic of Goals

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Goals are as common and as misunderstood as mobile phones. We think we know how to use them, but we don’t get it right…

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Ruchir Sehra on The Behavioral Effects of Sleep

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Ruchir Sehra is an entrepreneur, cardio physiologist, MBA and a curious and caring human being. Our interview with Ruchir was set in the discussion…

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Facial Muscles Speak Louder Than Words with author Dan Hill

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Dan Hill, PhD, researcher, author and founder of Sensory Logic, shares his wit, wisdom and insights into behavioral sciences in our interview. Dan’s work is in…

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April Seifert on Digital Exhaust Analysis and Gender Stereotyping

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April Seifert, PhD considers herself a multi-passionate person. In this episode, our conversation with her covered skydiving, motherhood, data nerdery, implicit bias assessments, gender…

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Grooving on Self Identity

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In this episode on the mysterious world of self-identity and self-schema, we offer 4 tips on how you make the most of your self-identity….

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Grooving on Cash vs. Non-Cash

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Kurt and Tim have experience in designing and implementing rewards programs for sales reps, channel partners and loyal customers as well as corporate recognition programs. In…

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Grooving on Applying Behavioral Sciences at Your Office

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Kurt and Tim have decades of experience applying BS (behavioral sciences) in corporate environments (and non-profits) and this episode walks through some tips that…

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The Teaspoon Hustle – Part 2 with Rob Burnet

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This podcast is Part 2 of a 2-part podcast. Our interview with Rob Burnet, founder of Well Told Story in Nairobi, Kenya went so well and so long that…

EPISODE 19

The Teaspoon Hustle – Part 1 with Rob Burnet

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This podcast is Part 1 of a 2-part podcast. Our interview with Rob Burnet, founder of Well Told Story in Nairobi, Kenya went so well…

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Stars – Cores – Laggards – Better Incentives for Your Sales Reps featuring Dr. Michael Ahearne

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In this episode, we spoke with Michael Ahearne PhD, a professor and researcher at the University of Houston. Mike is an expert in sales…

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The Accidental Behavioral Scientist with David Hussman

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From being a recording engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park studios, to playing with the big-hair metal band Slave Raider to founding a successful Agile…

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Nudge-A-Thon with Dr. Christina Gravert

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Dr. Christina Gravert is a Post-Doc at the University of Gothenburg and Chief Behavioral Economist of Impactfully, a behavioral science consultancy. We talked to…

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A New Leadership Model with Bain & Company’s Mark Horwitch

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In this episode, we spoke to Mark Horwitch, Partner for Co-Creation ~ Flexibility ~ Openness ~ Vision at Bain & Company about his remarkable new…

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Grooving with Kurt & Tim – The 4 Drive Model

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When Kurt and Tim founded the Behavioral Grooves, we wanted to glean insights into the applications of behavioral sciences from world-renowned researchers and practitioners….

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When Marketing Is Good, You Don’t See It

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This episode’s guest is Kyle Simenson, a marketing consultant who noted that ‘When marketing is good, you can’t see it.’ His comment instantly brought…

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Mapping the Influence of Corporate Cultures – Silke Brittain

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When we started our conversation with Silke Brittain by talking about her thrill-seeking nature and her background in gymnastics, we couldn’t have predicted the deep conversation…

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Growth Tribes and Pirate Funnels – Bernardo Nunes

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Bernardo Nunes, PhD believes that applying behavioral sciences to startups is the fastest way to get entrepreneurs up and running in a fast-changing world. At…

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Changing the World One View at a Time – with Reddit superstar Kal Turnbull

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“One begins with a judgment and ends with a judgment, and the purpose of facts and figures is to come in between them is to…

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Don’t Be Creepy – Data Transparency with Charlotte Blank

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Charlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer at Maritz, says her job is ‘selling science.’ In this interview, held immediately before our meetup gathering in Minneapolis…

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The Value of Understanding Microexpressions for Leaders

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Todd Fonseca is an executive in clinical research and communication for Medtronic and holds an interesting array of certifications including Certified Body Language Trainer….

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The Employee Value Proposition at the NSA

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Chris Dobyns, the Human Capital Strategic Consultant in the Office of Human Resource Strategy & Program Design at the NSA (the National Security Agency),…

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Applying the 4 Drive Model to Rewards & Recognition

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Many firms use rewards and incentives to motivate their reps. However, it was only when a complete audit of all the rewards and recognition tools…

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Using Behavioral Science to Save Lives with Anurag Vaish,TheFinalMile

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In this episode, we talk with Anurag Vaish, Co-Founder of TheFinalMile, one of the largest behavioral science consultancies in the world. TheFinalMile has offices in Mumbai…

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Grooving on Branding with Aaron Snyder, PhD from Lexicon

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In this episode, we spoke with Aaron Snyder, Director of Special Projects at Lexicon. Lexicon is one of the largest branding companies in the world.  They are…

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BG 3: Scott Jeffrey, PhD, Monmouth University

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In this episode, we discuss the concept of justifiability with one of its earliest researchers, Scott Jeffrey, PhD. Scott was early among researchers, including…

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Behavioral Grooves 2: Chad Emerson, President of The 421

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Chad Emerson founded The 421 to help people with addictions make better decisions. He focuses his comments on being “change ready” and the importance…

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Behavioral Grooves 1: James Heyman, PhD

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In the Behavioral Grooves first podcast, Kurt Nelson, PhD and Tim Houlihan interview James Heyman, PhD, a professor and researcher at the University of…