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Our research meets Saturday Night Live

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Decision Science News readers know about Hal Hershfield and Dan Goldstein’s experiments in which they exposed people to interactive images of their future self to see how it would impact their saving behavior (pictured above).
The idea was sent up in three Saturday Night Live fake commercials for Lincoln Financial. The SNL interactions with the future self were a lot more awkward than ours, but maybe that’s a good thing for changing behavior?

How many NYC restaurants get As on their health inspections?

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Decision Science News is no stranger to misleading infographics in free New York newspapers. We could stop reading them entirely, but we find that playing “spot the infographic flaw” makes time fly on the subway.

Recently we saw the above graphic in a paper called Metro. Can you spot the goof?

2011 guide to the American Marketing Association job market interviews for aspiring professors

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PhD students in Marketing, Psychology, and Economics should have sent their “packets” out by the fourth of July in the hopes of lining up interviews at the annual AMA Summer Educator’s Conference. Each year DSN reprints this sort of “what to expect while you’re applying” guide, first published here by Dan Goldstein in 2005.

Best graph ever

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Best graph ever. LARGEST EVER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 328 and 327 SPOTTED IN NEW YORK CITY

Should you buy collision insurance?

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DSN RUMINATES ABOUT INSURANCE WITH PETER MCGRAW   This week, Decision Science News’ Dan Goldstein travels to Boulder, and teams up with Peter McGraw for a joint post (over grilled steak). — Enjoy Most people are happy to have a few types of insurance coverage, typically home, health, and life insurance. However, you can insure […]

The no-decision diet revealed

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Last week, Decision Science News posted about a “no-decision diet” in which its editor followed, for one week and without exceptions, a healthy diet designed by someone else. Since then, a number of people have written in asking to have a look at the diet. If you were hoping to find out what the diet included, today is your lucky day.

A diet of diet, an exercise in exercise

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How I suspended decisions about what to eat for one week and lost 15 pounds thereafter.

SJDM March 2011 Newsletter is ready for download

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Society for Judgment and Decision Making Newsletter Editor Dan Goldstein reports that the final SJDM newsletter of 2010 is ready for download.

Fitness plan charges you more for working out less

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ON COMMITMENT DEVICE BUSINESSES AND SOFT CONTRACTS This week, our former home, the Center for the Decision Sciences at Columbia University, has turned us on to this article about a fitness plan that charges you more if you work out less. Yes, it’s a business putting applied behavioral economics to work, not unlike Stickk.com or […]

Correlation, causation and the Super Bowl

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THE SUPERBOWL INDICATOR Discussing the Decision Science News correlation, causation post during one of our daily and always entertaining Yahoo! Research lunches, someone said “this battle can’t be won because people just want to believe certain things are causal”. In line with that, Jason Zweig sends along this very funny piece about a spurious correlation, […]