Newsletter - March 2020
Did you know that Kurt and Tim launched a new podcast channel called Weekly Grooves? (That’s podcast speak for “a whole new podcast!”)
Weekly Grooves takes a crack at the week’s headlines through a behavioral science lens. You can check it out at https://weeklygrooves.podbean.com/. (It will be live in Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, ACast, etc. shortly!) The Weekly Grooves is a fresh way to interpret the weekly headlines for those who might want to dig a little deeper.
Of course, Behavioral Grooves is still a blast, and we have a great new episode featuring our very own Behavioral Grooves Meetup regular, Andrew Wagner. We discussed the very unusual way that Andrew got interested in studying economics. Spoiler alert: it was online video gaming! Our episode from last Month’s meetup featuring Rodd Wagner and John Hanson interviewing both of us and putting us on the spot – is also available!
As always, we’d greatly appreciate you sharing our podcast with a friend or taking a moment to write us a review. We have no sponsors, so we ask your help in getting the word out. Thanks, and keep on grooving!
~ Kurt & Tim
Highlighted Behavioral Grooves Podcast: The Economics of Online Gaming
As noted, Andrew Wagner came over to the Behavioral Grooves Pleasant Street Studio to record a conversation about economics and behavioral science in online gaming. In this episode, Andrew shares some counter-intuitive observations about trustworthiness, at least as a player in the game.
Also, fellow Meetup member from New Jersey, Adam Hansen, joined us for a rousing discussion on innovation. Lots of laughter, banal humor, and sideways comments that will keep you in Wikipedia for a month.
I’m going all Fantasy on you this month. I don’t binge on a lot of things, except when I get a good fantasy book (or series), then watch out; I’ll stay up the entire night reading. N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning trilogy, The Broken Earth series, compelled me to stay up way past my bedtime this past week, reading all three books: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky. There is a reason all three books won the Hugo – Jemisin’s writing is sharp, her stories are unique, and the perspectives are wonderful. I highly recommend that you read it (but maybe not the whole series in 4 days).
The Ministry of Common Sense by Martin Lindstrom is a book that wonders why individuals display lots of evidence of common sense – looking both ways before we cross the street – but organizations suppress our natural instinct for empathy and ignore basic rights and wrongs. His focus is on both the employee and the customer experience and it’s a good reminder of the very common roadblocks to applying common sense in the workplace.
I love it when I find a new song that quickly becomes my favorite and stays that way, even upon multiple repeated listenings. Sea Wolf’s “Forever, Nevermore” is just that song. The lyrics, melody, and emotion that they song evoke grow with each listen. I’ve mentioned Sea Wolf (which is the band moniker of Alex Brown Church) in the First Thursday Newsletter before, with “Middle Distance Runner.” I’m super stoked that Sea Wolf is coming out with a new album on March 20th.
I was at a show recently (with Kurt) and saw a new artist open that I think you might enjoy. Her name is Madison Cunningham and her approach is grounded in the contemporary Americana singer-songwriter genre. In other words, she plays acoustic guitar and sings. But she does it at a very high level. Aside from having terrific pipes – great control of her voice without any affect – she’s also got terrific bona fides as a guitarist. In the clip linked to her name, a Beatles song called “In My Life,” Madison plays the solo and knocks the arrangement out of the park.
Available at our Behavioral Grooves website, iTunes, Spotify, and just about anywhere you catch your podcasts, we have new podcasts including Andrew Wagner’s and Adam Hansen’s episodes. You can check all of these podcasts, and more, at our Behavioral Grooves website at https://behavioralgrooves.com/.
Next Meetup: 03-19-2020
February 20, 202 (IN MINNEAPOLIS)
Location: Azul Seven. Located at 1310 Quincy St NE Suite #102, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone: 612 767 4335
Time: Gather at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
*** We are finalizing our speaker/topic for March at this writing. We’ll update everyone once the details are set! ***
Behavioral Science Principles for February
Choice overload (or The Tyranny of Choice)
Also referred to as ‘overchoice,’ the phenomenon of choice overload occurs as a result of too many choices being available to consumers. Choice overload may refer to either choice attributes or alternatives. The greater the number or complexity of choices offered, the more likely a consumer will apply heuristics. Overchoice has been associated with unhappiness (Schwartz, 2004), decision fatigue, going with the default option, as well as choice deferral—avoiding making a decision altogether, such as not buying a product (Iyengar & Lepper, 2000).
The tendency for a person’s positive or negative traits to “spill over” from one personality area to another in others’ perceptions of them (see also physical attractiveness stereotype).
Fading Affect bias
A bias in which the emotion associated with unpleasant memories fades more quickly than the emotion associated with positive events.
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Kurt Nelson, PhD / 612-396-6392 / email@example.com
Kurt has over 25 years helping organizations understand their employees. His company, The Lantern Group, is a Behavioral Design & Communications Agency focused on Employee Motivation, Company Culture, and Organizational Friction. He has a passion for trying to understand “why we do what we do,” skiing (downhill and water), the Timberwolves, good books, and good beer. Find out more at www.lanterngroup.com
Tim Houlihan / 612-386-5886 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim founded BehaviorAlchemy, LLC, nearly 3 years ago after nearly 20 years at BI WORLDWIDE, a global incentive agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At BIW, Tim was the Vice President of Reward Systems with corporate responsibility for $300,000,000 in revenues for products distributed to over 1 million participants in 49 countries and 32 languages. Tim is also a committed Americana singer-songwriter with 6 self-published records and performs more than 35 gigs each year.
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