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Judging employees on results could reward luck over skill, argue top psychologists, and there’s a better way to do it

Evaluating people's results, as opposed to the effort they put in, may penalize bad luck and reward good luck, experts say.
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Building wealth starts with out-thinking your emotions — here are 5 mental traps standing in your way

"Dollars and Sense," a new book by behavioral economist Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler, offers insight into the psychological pitfalls holding us back.

A behavioral economist explains how basic income can work in the US

Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely says experiments in basic income won't translate if the conditions aren't right, not because it's a bad idea.

Use an insight from consumer psychology research to make your spouse appreciate you more

To strengthen your relationship and make your partner appreciate you more, occasionally remind them of all the ways you contribute to the family.

The best way to motivate your kids, according to a behavioral economist

If you want to raise a successful kid, Dan Ariely says it's important to praise the effort they put in — not the results they get.

A behavioral economist explains why it’s okay that you’ll never find the perfect job

Dan Ariely says the ideal job for you probably doesn't exist. But over time, you can work to create a role you love.

A behavioral economist says no one knows how to fix the most damaging effect of killing time on Facebook

Scrolling through your social media feeds can make you feel inadequate — but Dan Ariely says it's hard to find a reasonable solution to the problem.

Too many people make the same mistake motivating themselves to work out

Dan Ariely recommends setting a time on your calendar for exercise and trusting that you'll enjoy the experience.

Psychologists say the ‘IKEA effect’ explains how to get your employees to work harder

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely argues that we're more excited and motivated at work when our name is attached to our creations.

An annual bonus might seem great, but it doesn’t motivate you to work harder during the year

Duke University psychologist Dan Ariely says human motivation is complex — and money can, in fact, be demotivating.