Spider-man & Overcommitment

The Irrationality of Organizational Escalation: The Danger of Spider-man & Overcommitment  By Henry Han-yu Shen Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark is an upcoming rock musical featuring music and lyrics from U2’s Bono and The Edge and originally directed by Julie Taymor, best…

Wait For Another Cookie?

The scientific community is increasingly coming to realize how central self-control is to many important life outcomes. We have always known about the impact of socioeconomic status and IQ, but these are factors that are highly resistant to interventions. In contrast, self-control…

Admitting to another irrationality

My own worst enemy: procrastination and self-control My problem with “Just Say No” One of the main difficulties I face on a daily basis is an inability to say “no.”  Sometimes my difficulties bring me back to the song in Oklahoma! Where…

Temptations and Self-Control

A few months ago I got to visit Woods Hole (a fantastic place by the way) when they were having their TEDx event — and here is my talk. One of the challenges of human life is knowing that what’s good for us…

Stealing an iPhone

Here is a letter I got last week: Dear Professor Ariely, I have something of a story that intrigued me along the lines of your ‘dishonesty’ experiments. My wife’s cousin (I’ll call her Mary) is generally a nice, honest person. She and…

Procrastination and self control

For the last 2 years I have been positing this video in celebration of the new school year, and all the hopes and promises we make to ourselves that this year things will be different…. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this video is still as…