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Feelings of shame are so overwhelmingly negative that they act as a positive force for setting social norms and behavior. In her latest research, Wharton’s Rebecca Schaumberg explains why managers should pay closer attention to shame.
When confronted with a decision of whom to trust – how do we make that decision? Research shows one important thing to look for is people who are prone to feeling guilty.
Research shows how time of day impacts customer decision making. Shoppers are more likely to seek variety in their buying decisions later in the day.
In a vigorous attempt to address the ‘replication crisis’ in the social sciences, a multi-institutional team found that many key findings failed to reproduce with the same significance seen in the original studies. However, Researchers, betting in prediction markets, were accurate at predicting which findings would replicate.
How do you get people to tell the truth? According to new research, how one frames a question can have a lot to do with it.
Logic says that our charity dollars would do the most good if we donated them to organizations that were the most effective, but Donors tend to act more on emotion than rationality when choosing organizations to support.
When the going gets tough, top performers often run for the exit. It turns out the embarrassment of not meeting expectations can sometimes be too much to bear.
Can one really multi-task? New research shows multi-tasking is an illusion yet the perception of multi-tasking is beneficial to performance.
Selfies have become ubiquitous in the social media age. But all those posed photos might be impacting how others see us in a way that we didn’t intend.
This study investigates whether the development of morality is associated with measurable aspects of brain function and found increased brain reward system activity in individuals at a high level of moral reasoning.
Trash-talking is natural but how does it affect the targets?
Students discuss their experiences of participating in experimental research.
Paid endorsements on social media are growing – a form of messaging perceived as a more friendly recommendation than a hard-sell,but often it is not made clear these recommendations are paid for.
A study finds that men were more aggressive in their negotiation tactics against women following the 2016 election.
New research shows that abundantly happy people are perceived as innocent and unsophisticated, which makes them more vulnerable to deception.
People can learn to rely less on their instincts and more on algorithms to make decisions.
Surprising data about how consumers react to specific language used in reviews and recommendations and why that language could lead some astray.
The important role of “gut feel” in decision making by early stage investors and the practical role it plays in decision making.
Research shows that anger can influence people in organizations to lie or behave deceptively in areas having nothing to do with the original conflict.
Umpires’ calls in baseball inform our understanding of the accuracy of decision-making and the presence of statistical discrimination.
Research shows that using incentives to encourage generous behavior through fundraising can result in unintended consequences.
Voter Image – the importance of exercising the right to vote while offering some ideas that may get more people to the polls.
Humor, when used appropriately, can enhance status and perception of one’s competence in the office, according to Wharton research.
Empowering the rank and file to innovate is where most leaders fall short.
How long have you been avoiding one chore that you want to get done but never do? Here are some ways to trick yourself into getting it off your task list.
Research looks at how the pain of others struggling with the agony of decision-making can influence our own process.
Shoppers are usually steered to the top selling and rated products in personalized marketing, making it hard to find new items.
Bragging about generous deeds could bring individuals praise or scorn, depending on their motivations.
To convince people to donate time instead of money, organizations need to speak to their moral sense of identity.
Doing similar things at one time or infusing variety in your workday could significantly change your perceptions of productivity and how happy you feel.
Obesity’s health risks are evident. Less is known about perceptions of heavy people and the impact on one’s career.
When given the choice of trusting our or another person’s conclusions or accepting facts based on algorithmically analyzed data, most of us tend to trust the human more. But research shows that may not always be the best choice.
A number of seemingly small steps can makes a big impact toward helping people face tough challenges or make a fresh start.
The Debrief is the basis for the article on the Wharton Behavioral Lab published in the Fall 2014 issue of Wharton Magazine.
Is “every lie a sin,”as St. Augustine held some 1,600 years ago? People do sometimes tell “white lies” to spare feelings. But what if deception, in the right circumstances, doesn’t simply tread lightly on sensitivities, but actually breeds trust and promotes other forms of good? Many will judge those kinds of deceptions to be ethical, moral and even helpful; “deception that can sometimes be helpful to other people.”
Forget the past. Ignore the likely future. Just spend a few minutes concentrating on your breathing, and focus on the task at hand. The advice is almost too simple to believe. Recent research found that if followed, it could save time and money for everyone — from a consumer searching for a new car all the way to the head of a billion-dollar corporation
In a world in which brands are constantly in search of new sources of growth, extending brands into new areas is not uncommon. What determines whether people will accept such extensions?
This interview discusses which organizations and individuals have conceived and implemented the most successful viral campaigns and why making something contagious does not have to be expensive.
Money can’t buy happiness, but time – and the way we choose to spend it – can greatly impact how content we feel about our lives.
Recent research shows that the key to engaging in healthier behavior may be tying tempting activities –like reading an escapist novel–to things we know we should be doing.