Welcome to Behavioral Scientist’s most read articles of 2023. Take a moment to dive into the pieces your fellow behavioral science enthusiasts read most this year.
— Evan and the Behavioral Scientist team
P.S.—You may also be interested in our list of Notable Behavioral Science Books published in 2023 and the Most Read Articles of 2022.
By Evan Nesterak
Francesca Gino is under scrutiny for allegedly fabricating data in at least four studies. Here’s what we know and the questions that remain unanswered.
By Hal Hershfield
In thinking about the future in a merely surface level way, we end up traveling to a different future than the one we meant to go to.
By Evan Nesterak
The Many Co-Authors project is a new initiative, led by a group of Gino’s coauthors, aimed at reviewing of Gino-led studies to help address concerns surrounding the body of her coauthored work.
By Jonah Berger
When trying to make language either more concrete or more abstract, one helpful approach is to focus on either the how or the why.
By Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink
Want more people to read and respond to your messages? It’s simple. Write less.
By Sander van der Linden
A rigorous assessment of whether psychological targeting on social media can influence our behavior has remained elusive. Until recently.
By Viorica Marian
We don’t assume that we can understand the meaning of words based on their sound alone. But a long history of research in psycholinguistics hints that we’re better at it than we might think.
By Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris
The possibility grid is a universal tool to draw attention to what is absent. It alerts you to think about rates of success rather than stories of successes.
By Amy C. Edmondson
I don’t doubt that my failure to find support for the simple research hypothesis that guided my first study was the best thing that ever happened to my research career. Of course, it didn’t feel that way in the moment.
By Yael Schonbrun and Leidy Klotz
The more we have on our minds the harder it becomes to do less. But there’s hope.
Give More Feedback—Others Want It More Than You Think
By Nicole Abi-Esber and Juliana Schroeder
People hesitate to give feedback because they simply don’t recognize how much other people want to hear it.
How can restaurants shift to more climate friendly, plant-based options without alienating customers?
How Winning (or Losing) a Grammy Changes the Music Artists Make
By Giacomo Negro, Balázs Kovács, and Glenn Carroll
Recent research shows how winning a Grammy can spark innovation, but losing one can snuff it out.
The Surprising Origins of Our Obsession with Creativity
By Samuel W. Franklin
We tend to assume creativity is a timeless human value. But creativity as the concept we know today emerged in the 1950s and ’60s, driven by the needs of the modern corporation.
A Better Way to Ask for Advice
By Adam Grant
Don’t ask to pick someone’s brain. You’ll get better results from inviting them to retrace their route instead.