psychology | September 10, 2019

Behavioral Researcher Katherine Milkman Returns for a Fourth Season of her Choiceology Podcast

How can we learn to make smarter choices? In Choiceology with Katy Milkman, the Wharton Professor shares stories of irrational decision-making—from massive historical gaffes to small, everyday errors—and explains how we can do better.  

The first episode of Choiceology’s fourth season explores a quirk in the way people understand their ability to influence events. Host Katherine Milkman discusses how a small artifact used for “good luck” came to be known as a key ingredient to the success of the Canadian men and women’s hockey teams in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Milkman also performs a small dice-throwing experiment that shows even the strongest skeptics fall prey to this superstitious type of thinking.


The episode closes with an interview with Don Moore, a leading researcher on the phenomenon, who explains a theory called the illusion of control and how to avoid falling into its trap: “If I were to give people advice on how to avoid making this mistake, it would be to think systematically about cause and effect,” he explains.


You can listen to the episode, here.


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