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In an earlier post, I wrote about JFK’s disdain for domestic politics, and how such disdain doomed his lackluster efforts to pass Medicare legislation. As it turns out, Richard Nixon, the man he defeated in the 1962 Presidential Election, held … Continue reading
Tired of all those family newsletters that inundate you with overwhelming detail on all the amazing accomplishments of your friends’ children? I thought I would address that issue, in my latest edition of my own family newsletter. Hope you enjoy: … Continue reading
A recent New York Times op-ed by Joanne Lipman poses the question: “Is music the key to success?” As a serious amateur musician, I have long credited my half-way respectable pianistic accomplishments to the discipline I gained practicing Chopin etudes, and even to … Continue reading
Most people would say they would prefer to work in a job with interesting and fulfilling opportunities. But new research shows that people may pick a boring job over a stimulating one if they perceive they aren’t being paid enough … Continue reading
I know, I know: I usually write about health and healthcare; why should anyone care about my opinion on whether Larry Summers should be Federal Reserve Chair? As it turns out, my work on doctor/patient communication has given me insight … Continue reading
Let’s warm up with a quick arithmetic problem, which I want you to do in your head. What is one thousand plus forty? Now add another thousand And thirty more Plus twenty Plus another thousand And finally, add an additional … Continue reading
See my local TV interview in the early hours after the SCOTUS decision on the individual mandate
And see some of my quotes from local and national reporters at the links below:
A short video showing why our eating decisions are often not conscious, or wise.
In this video, part of a webcast being organized by Fuqua, I lay out some thoughts on the psychology of obesity. Check it out. I’ll post a Q and A video on this topic (with the Qs provided by Fuqua alums) in a couple weeks. Feel free to add your questions in the meantime, and I’ll try to cover them too!
Here is a video of a poster presentation by Troy Campbell, a grad student at Fuqua who describes some of our research on why we might not know, after a while, what we ever found shocking about Lady Gaga.