Cognitive Dissonance Trumps All, Why We’re Suckers For Belief, plus more weekly links


A selection of recent behavioral science news, articles, and resources of note:

  • There’s some cognitive dissonance going on here: How can Donald Trump be everything people claim to despise in a politician—arrogant, rude, self-promoting—and still do so well in the polls? Stanford University Professor of Organizational Behavior Jeffrey Pfeffer explains. (Fortune)

donald-trump_mainImage: Gage Skidmore

  • According to a recent study, people aren’t so great at calling out profound-sounding baloney for what it really is. By lacing vague BS with a pretentious vocabulary, Cass Sunstein warns voters that politicians are flirting with the ear to gather admiration they may not deserve. (Bloomberg View)
  • We are all suckers for belief,” writes Maria Konnikova. Three-card monte, prize money from a prince overseas, salvation and revolutionary weight-loss pills offered exclusively during 1am infomercials—why do we fall for this stuff? (New York Times)
  • Professor Adam Grant, one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, top business professors under 40, consultant for Google and Goldman Sachs, and Academy of Management award winner, is not a behavioral economist. Though, he is introduced as one several times a week. Busting five myths about psychologists, Grant offers his take on the mixup, and what Freud has to do with it.  (Medium)
  • What’s Up Next? It’s not just a question high school juniors and seniors here all the time, but now a government-backed texting initiative to help students get the college information they need—from SAT and ACT reminders to guidance on applications and financial aid. (Up Next, Wired)


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