Dan Ariely

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Jens Hellberg and Sorcha O’Grady:  “There is huge freedom in being able to try new things, and great satisfaction when you can see you are making progress”

Eight years ago software developer Sorcha O’Grady and transport consultant Jens Hellberg pooled their skills to establish Westport-based TruckScience (...)

Former Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. Qualities key to successful leadership include passion, strategic thinking, courage and confidence. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Getty Images

Traditionally we see a leader as a figurehead, the boss-man, or woman, the commander and chief. We all know the predictable mantra of what it takes to(...)

Psychologists at Spain’s University of Granada describe Post Holiday Syndrome as the gloom you feel after going away and the subsequent anxiety and upset of having to do some work again

It’s September. The kids are back at school. The M50 resembles a car park and it’s getting darker earlier every evening. Taking it all into account, i(...)

Does the “endowment effect” also affect investors? Do we get too attached to the stocks we own?  Photograph: iStock

Behavioural economists have long known that when you own things – your house, your car, your possessions in general – you’re more likely to become att(...)

The lies we tell: “Nietzsche claimed we lie to ourselves about 100 times more than we lie to others.”

How many lies do you tell a day? Start counting. You may be shocked by the answer, especially if you include those little lies about how you’re powerl(...)

French parents never discipline or punish; they ‘educate’ in a loving manner, while also letting children know they are not the centre of their parents’ universe. Above, al fresco dining in France. Photograph: Philip Game/Lonely Planet via Getty Images

French parents have better- behaved children because they look after themselves first. The majority of babies are breastfed in the beginning, but i(...)

France’s Jean Van De Velde smiles at photographers as he looks for his ball in the Barry Burn on the 18th green during the final round at the 1999 British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. Photograph: INPHO/ALLSPORT

The best golfers in the world. But are we seeing the best golf? And do we care? The Masters. Four days of convoluted, privileged preciousness h(...)

“If I ask you up front would you like to buy this [game] you would say no. But at the moment of slight arousal and interest your behaviour changes. You are invested,” says econimist Dan Ariely, who was in Dublin this week to address the StartupOnomics summit.

In the 1950s General Mills ran into problems selling its Betty Crocker instant cake mix. Nobody wanted it. The cake tasted good but the “just add wate(...)

NYSE trader: an emphasis on share prices and on meeting quarterly earnings expectations has led to destructive short-term behaviour by some chief executives. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

The idea that a company’s primary purpose is to enrich its shareholders is the “dumbest idea in the world”, according to high-profile GMO strategist J(...)

Stock picking: Investors often buy into a story, and forget to look for evidence to back up their assumptions.

Most of us are “predictably irrational”, to quote behavioural finance author Dan Ariely, relying all too often on a dodgy sense of intuition an(...)

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