Understanding Ego Depletion

From your own experience, are you more likely to finish half a pizza by yourself on a) Friday night after a long work week or b) Sunday evening after a restful weekend? The answer that most people will give, of course, is…

Late but maybe still useful

Here are a few suggestions I gave for eating less on thanksgiving: 1) “Move to chopsticks!” Or, barring that, smaller plates and utensils. 2) Place the food “far away,” so people have to work (i.e., walk to the kitchen) to get another…

An irrational meal

February 19th was the one-year anniversary for the publication of Predictably Irrational. To celebrate I called the chef at Rue Cler — Jason Bissey — and asked him to make an irrational dinner for us. Here is what he came up with:…

Trying to diet and eating too much…

Can it be that adding food makes people believe they are eating less? A recent study by Brian Wansink and Pierre Chandon report that this can indeed be the case (this version of the study was done with John Tierney of the…