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Banning guns increases sales

Banning Russian-made AK-47s sets off a U.S. buying frenzy

Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory. 135 more words

Behavioral Economics

Gullibility and impulsivity: Why labeling Filipinos 'gullible' is a fallacy

We’ve started pointing out that gullibility isn’t just a Filipino phenomenon, that it’s actually ubiquitous across cultures and peoples throughout world history.

In this post, we distinguish gullibility from impulsivity. 925 more words


Labor Day Message 2014


Regular readers of the healthymemory blog might receognize some striking similarities between this message and the 2013 message. Unfortunately, not much has changed. When I was in elementary school the predictions were that due to technology we would have much more leisure time ( 559 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data

No, Gullibility isn't just a Filipino Phenomenon

A Harvard study reported in the Mosquito Press revealed that Filipinos were the most gullible people on earth. Problem is: the study was a hoax. Mosquito Press is a satirical website. 713 more words


The bread and butter of behavioral economics

The Business Of Behavioral Economics

You’ve done everything—endured diets, purged your freezer of Ben & Jerry’s, and educated yourself on fat, sugar, and calories. Yet, you can’t manage to lose weight. 127 more words

Behavioral Economics

Are you enthusiastic about predictive shopping?

Shopping Made Psychic

As almost everyone knows, we have entered a period in which companies can predict people’s purchases, often with uncanny accuracy. In the near future, they might even use those predictions to enroll you in special programs in which you receive goods and services, and are asked to pay for them, before you have actually chosen them. 83 more words

Behavioral Economics

The Power of Matching Donations

Post from Forbes.com

In a study conducted with Lalin Anik and Dan Ariely of Duke University, social norms were used to incentivize employees to give money to charity. 208 more words

Behavioral Economics