Media Coverage of Philly Vax Sweeps

By In the News

In an effort to get more people vaccinated, Philadelphia is following in the footsteps of other places that’ve offered cash incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but with a unique psychological twist. The city is holding what’s known as a “regret sweepstakes,” officials announced Monday. Every two weeks starting June 21, a pair of residents will be selected to win $50,000 each. Three of these drawings are scheduled so far, and each one also comes with a slew of secondary $5k and $1k prizes. The catch: officials will only hand over the money if you already got your shot. That…

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Choiceology: Season 7 Episode 6

By In the News

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at how questioning our basic assumptions and thinking like a scientist can help us untangle the knottiest of problems and make choices with greater confidence. Adam Grant joined Katy to talk about the methods scientists use to avoid certain pitfalls, such as confirmation bias, in the search for objective information. Rather than treat our beliefs or opinions as truths, Adam encourages us to treat them instead as hunches. Hunches can be tested, as scientists test their hypotheses. Taking this scientific approach to difficult problems often yields better results in business, politics, and…

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Cornell Chronicle: Incentivized product reviews: Positive to a fault?

By In the News

It stands to reason that the more one is compensated for performing a task, the greater the incentive to do a good job and the better one feels about doing it. But what if the task is writing an objective review of a company or service? Does the compensation blur the lines of objectivity? Kaitlin Woolley ’12, assistant professor of marketing in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, wondered the same thing. Woolley found that offering direct compensation for posting written reviews results in a greater proportion of positive versus negative emotion across…

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CNN: How to build lasting habits for a better life

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Many of us know the kinds of habits that could make us healthier, more successful and likely happier. Katy Milkman, professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, has fought through many of these same roadblocks. As co-founder and co-director of Wharton’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative, she now spends her career studying habit development. “We know from lots of research that people are very resistant in general to making a change. We’re comfortable in our ways. Any deviation from what we’re used to doing feels like a loss, and losses tend to loom larger than gains. We…

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McKinsey: Adam Grant on leadership, emotional intelligence, and the value of thinking like a scientist

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Adam Grant, the organizational psychologist and Wharton professor who has lauded the virtues of procrastination and diagnosed what may be 2021’s dominant emotion (“languishing”), joined our North America Managing Partner Liz Hilton Segel and other McKinsey leaders for a conversation on building resilient teams and thriving in uncertain times. This conversation was part of a new discussion series for McKinsey partners and clients called “Modern Leadership,” which is designed to explore new dimensions of leadership with experts and leading thinkers who can help strengthen, challenge, and stretch our ability to build resilient teams and thrive in uncertain times. Read on for edited…

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Q&A with Dr. Katy Milkman, Author of New Book ‘How to Change’

By CHIBEblog

Katherine L. Milkman, PhD, James G. Dinan Professor at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, is Co-Director of The Behavior Change for Good Initiative and a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member. Read our Q&A to learn more about Dr. Milkman’s new book called How to Change, which was released on May 4, 2021. How might this book be helpful for those in the health care field who are trying to encourage patients to have healthier habits? I’m optimistic that anyone who’s interested in encouraging healthy habits will find my book packed with strategic advice. How to Change covers everything from…

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