Most Popular Articles of 2018

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.

#1: We Forget That Everything is Relative

By Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

As H. L. Mencken once said, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

#2: The Benefits of Admitting When You Don’t Know

By Tenelle Porter

We might all be a bit better off by learning to say “I disagree with myself” every now and then.

#3: How to Identify Talent: Five Lessons From The NFL Draft

By Cade Massey

If there is one consistent yet underappreciated principle for making good hires, it’s that process beats technology.

#4: There Is More To Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies

By Koen Smets

Is a preoccupation with biases hindering behavioral economics?

#5: Bursty Communication Can Help Remote Teams Thrive

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.

#6: What To Do When Algorithms Rule

By Jason Collins

Is our reluctance to have our decisions and actions replaced by automated systems warranted?

#7: Try to Resist Misinterpreting the Marshmallow Test

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?

#8: The Real Reason You Shouldn’t Text While Driving

By Aline Holzwarth

We may recognize on a cognitive level that distracted driving is stupid, but we have no accompanying visceral feeling of fear.

#9: Remedies For The Distracted Mind

By Adam Gazzaley & Larry D. Rosen

Try closing all your open tabs and apps before reading

#10: Who’s Your Real Boss?

By Kristian Sørensen and Mikkel Holm Sørensen

Hint: it’s your smartphone. But it shouldn’t be.