Are you looking for practical tips to disconnect, or ways to refocus your attention? If perhaps you stopped reading this sentence to check your email or another notification, we’ve got you covered with advice on optimizing your life, plus an update in the ongoing battle between humans and algorithms, some strategies for improving productivity, and hiring processes at work (and more) in the 10 articles Behavioral Scientist readers like you read most frequently this year.
By Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
As H. L. Mencken once said, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”
By Tenelle Porter
We might all be a bit better off by learning to say “I disagree with myself” every now and then.
By Cade Massey
If there is one consistent yet underappreciated principle for making good hires, it’s that process beats technology.
By Koen Smets
Is a preoccupation with biases hindering behavioral economics?
By Christoph Riedl and Anita Williams Woolley
Can remote teams achieve the productivity of the office and still allow the convenience of working from home.
By Jason Collins
Is our reluctance to have our decisions and actions replaced by automated systems warranted?
By Keith Payne and Paschal Sheeran
Why does a new study of the famed test have both scientists and journalists drawing the exact wrong conclusions?
By Aline Holzwarth
We may recognize on a cognitive level that distracted driving is stupid, but we have no accompanying visceral feeling of fear.
By Adam Gazzaley & Larry D. Rosen
Try closing all your open tabs and apps before reading
By Kristian Sørensen and Mikkel Holm Sørensen
Hint: it’s your smartphone. But it shouldn’t be.