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Choiceology with Katy Milkman

Can we learn to make smarter choices? Listen in as host Katy Milkman--behavioral scientist, Wharton professor, and author of How to Change--shares stories of high-stakes decisions and what research reveals they can teach us. Choiceology, an original podcast from Charles Schwab, explores the lessons of behavioral economics to help you improve your judgment and change for good. Season 1 of Choiceology was hosted by Dan Heath, bestselling author of Made to Stick and Switch. Podcasts are for informational purposes only. This channel is not monitored by Charles Schwab. Please visit schwab.com/contactus for contact options. (0321-1S88)

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Last Episode Date: 20 May 2024

Total Episodes: 88

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Choiceology's Guide to Better Decisions: With Guests James Korris, Carey Morewedge & Jack Soll
20 May 2024
Choiceology's Guide to Better Decisions: With Guests James Korris, Carey Morewedge & Jack Soll

Over the years, Choiceology has offered a lot of advice for making better decisions. In this special episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we bring you the story of a video game that is surprisingly effective at reducing decision errors, and you'll hear about a practica...

31 min
The Charmer's Playbook: With Guests Wilfred Webster & Daniel Read
6 May 2024
The Charmer's Playbook: With Guests Wilfred Webster & Daniel Read

"Don't judge a book by its cover" is an old adage for a good reason. Elegant book cover designs can create a positive impression and make you more likely to judge the writing quality more positively. But these traits—cover art and writing—are separate and distinct featu...

34 min
Recipe for Success: With Guests Simon Rogan & Michele Gelfand
22 April 2024
Recipe for Success: With Guests Simon Rogan & Michele Gelfand

Are rules made to be followed—or meant to be broken? Often, the answer will depend on culture and the context in which people make decisions. In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at how carefully people in different contexts follow social norms, rul...

34 min
Take the Deal! With Guests Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer & Luis Green (Rebroadcast)
8 April 2024
Take the Deal! With Guests Daniel Kahneman, Colin Camerer & Luis Green (Rebroadcast)

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at how framing a decision based on what you stand to lose versus what you stand to gain affects your tolerance of risk.Luis Green was a contestant on the popular TV game show Deal or No Deal. The game is largely one ...

44 min
Top of Mind: With Guests John Farrell & Manasvini Singh
25 March 2024
Top of Mind: With Guests John Farrell & Manasvini Singh

When someone asks, "What's your favorite restaurant?" odds are you're inclined to recommend a place you've eaten at recently—even if it's not really your favorite. It's just top of mind. Why do we weigh recent events so heavily? And how does this tendency impact importan...

32 min
Repeat After Me: With Guests Jennifer LeMesurier & Tali Sharot
11 March 2024
Repeat After Me: With Guests Jennifer LeMesurier & Tali Sharot

Vitamin C is a cure for the common cold. Bats are blind. Sugar makes children hyperactive.All of these statements are false. So why are they so pervasive? And why do they feel so true?In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at a phenomenon that can cause u...

34 min
(BONUS) From What It's Like to Be … a Forensic Accountant
18 December 2023
(BONUS) From What It's Like to Be … a Forensic Accountant

Curious what it would be like to walk in someone else's (work) shoes? Join New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath as he explores the world of work, one profession at a time, and interviews people who love what they do. What does a couples therapist think when a friend a...

29 min
A Sticky Situation: With Guests Richard Thaler, Wendy Wood & Susan Budowski
23 October 2023
A Sticky Situation: With Guests Richard Thaler, Wendy Wood & Susan Budowski

Filling out an overly complicated form or waiting on hold for hours to speak with a customer service rep is a frustrating experience. And sometimes it seems like the process itself is designed to be difficult.In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at how f...

37 min
Jumping to Conclusions: With Guests David Silbey & Ned Augenblick
9 October 2023
Jumping to Conclusions: With Guests David Silbey & Ned Augenblick

A train was speeding along the tracks in 19th-century England when a passenger suddenly started smashing windows and waving a pistol in the air. People believed his actions were caused by what was, at the time, a new and unfamiliar form of transportation. Doctors posited the...

37 min
No Mean Feat: With Guests Albert Chen & Elizabeth Tipton
25 September 2023
No Mean Feat: With Guests Albert Chen & Elizabeth Tipton

It’s halftime at a basketball game. A kid nervously steps onto center court. If he can score a basket from center court, he’ll take home the prize money. He tells the announcer that he plays on his elementary school team and that he has been practicing for this moment. T...

33 min
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