20 New Behavioral Science Books That Will Help You Understand Humans Better
Between us by Batja Mesquita. “We can think of emotions as universal responses, felt inside, but in Between usrenowned psychologist Batja Mesquita asks us to reconsider them through the prism of what they do in our relationships, both one-on-one and within broader social networks.”
Different by Frans de Waal. “World-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal draws on decades of observation and studies of human and animal behavior to assert that despite the link between gender and biological sex, biology does not automatically support gender roles. traditional in human societies.
Don’t trust your instincts by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. “Stephens-Davidowitz exposes that while we often think we know how to improve, the numbers don’t agree. Hard facts and figures consistently contradict our instincts.” Here is an example of his unexpected findings.
Evolutionary ideas by Sam Tatham. “Tatam shows how behavioral science and evolutionary psychology can help us solve tomorrow’s challenges, not by guessing at something the world has never seen, but by borrowing from yesterday’s solutions – often in the most unexpected. ” You can read an excerpt on the behavioral scientist.
Better and better by Arthur C. Brooks. “At the height of his career at the age of 50, [Harvard professor] Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to turn his future from a disappointment with diminishing abilities into an opportunity for progress. Of strength to strength is the result.” Take a look at Brooks’ thought here.
do it by Ayelet Fishbach. “With fascinating research in the science of motivation and fascinating stories of people who have learned to motivate themselves, do it illuminates invaluable strategies to pull you in the direction you want to go.” Read an article by Fishbach on Behavioral Scientist.
hidden games by Erez Yoeli and Moshe Hoffman. “In hidden games, Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli find a surprising balance between the hyperrationality of classical economics and the hyper-irrationality of behavioral economics. They…use it to explain our most confusing behavior, from the mechanics of Stockholm Syndrome and internalized misogyny to why we help strangers and have a sense of fairness.”
how minds change by David McRaney. “how minds change is a book about the science and experience of transformation. It’s an eye-opening journey among cultists, conspiracy theorists and political activists – from Westboro Baptist Church picketers to LGBTQ activists in California – that ultimately challenges us to question our own motives and beliefs.”
How to Stay Smart in a Smart World by Gerd Gigerenzer. Many players in the tech industry predict that “machines will soon do everything better than humans”. How to Stay Smart in a Smart WorldGerd Gigerenzer shows why this isn’t true and tells us how we can stay in control in a world populated by algorithms.”
Imaginable by Jane McGonigal. “How do we plan our lives when it seems impossible to predict what the world will look like next week, let alone next year or the next decade? […] Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our minds to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable.”
Influence is your superpower by Zoe Chance. “Influence doesn’t work the way you think it does because you don’t think the way you think it does. Overcome common misconceptions – like the idea that asking for more will make people hate you – and understand why your negotiation strategies make you probably less influential.
mental wandering by Moshe Bar. “Our brains are noisy; certain regions are always occupied with involuntary activities like daydreaming, worrying about the future and chattering, taking up to forty-seven percent of our waking time. mental wandering. Bar is here to tell you about the method behind this apparent madness.”
The Non-Club by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart. “The Non-Club began when four women… swore to say no to demands that took them away from the work that mattered most to their careers. This book reveals… their decade-plus journey and the groundbreaking research that followed showing that women everywhere are unfairly burdened with “unpromoted work”, a huge problem we can – and must – solve.”
The power of regret by Daniel H. Rose. “Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience and biology, Pink debunks the myth of the ‘no regrets’ philosophy of life. And using the largest sample of American attitudes about regret ever made as well as its own Global Regrets Survey – which collected the regrets of more than 15,000 people in 105 countries – it outlines the top four regrets each of us has.” Here’s a look at Pink’s thinking in the book.
Ritual by Dimitris Xygalatas. Rituals present “a profound paradox: people place the greatest importance on their rituals, but few can explain why they are so important. … Ritual reveals the deep and subtle mechanisms that bind us.”
The Secret Life of Secrets by Michael Slepyan. “At what age do children develop the cognitive capacity for secrecy? Do all secrets come with the same mental load? How can we reconcile our secrets with our human desires to relate, connect, and be known? When should we confess our secrets? Who makes the ideal confidant? And can keeping certain kinds of secrets actually improve our well-being?”
streets of gold by Ran Abramitzky and Leah Boustan. “Using modern data analysis tools and ten years of pioneering research, new evidence is provided about the past and present of the American Dream, debunking the myths nurtured by political expediency and sentimentalized in family histories.”
Think like an economist by Elizabeth Popp Berman. “Elizabeth Popp Berman recounts how a distinctive way of thinking—a ‘style of economic reasoning’—became dominant in Washington between the 1960s and 1980s and how it continues to significantly constrain public policy debates today. “
The tension effect by John A. List. “Drawing on his original research, as well as compelling examples from the fields of business, policy-making, education and public health, [List] identifies five measurable vital signs that a scalable idea must possess and offers proven strategies to avoid engineering voltage sags and voltage gains.” You can read an article from List on the behavioral scientist.
Wired for love by Stephanie Cacioppo. “Stephanie not only tells a science story, but also a love story. She shares eye-opening insights into how and why we fall in love, what makes love last, and how we deal with lost love. amazement at the unbreakable bond, mourning and healing.”