In this episode we discuss one of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education, why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding, we go deep into a number of research examples, discuss the massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers, and much more with Dr. Dan Ariely!
Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks. Dan's talks on TED have been watched over 7.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, and he has a newly released book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations.
How being badly burned and spending 3 years in the hospital radically changed Dr. Dan Ariely's life
How good intentions can go terribly wrong in changing behavior
The two flawed models of motivation and why neither works
I get interviewed by Dr Dan Ariely - he turns the mic on me and starts grilling me!
The difference between momentary joy and lasting purpose
Why motivation is not about YOU
The critical importance of creating, meaning, improvement, and having an impact
How money can demotivate and skew your motivation
We get into the weeds on some fascinating experiments Dr. Dan Ariely has conducted about how money (doesn’t) motivate us
Why bonuses don’t actually work
The massive (and counterintuitive) difference between motivating top performers and bottom performers
Why it’s much better to analyze the BARRIERS to good performance and remove them
One of the most interesting results ever found in the psychological research of education
Why pleasure maximization is a flawed model for human understanding
We dig into the the science of motivation itself
The difference between social norms and market norms (and why it’s important)
Why you would rather move a couch for free, than get paid $5 to do it
Ideas for how we can use psychology to change America’s education system
Why suicide rate among physicians are climbing rapidly
The Crazy Day Care Story (and why its important)
How effort and complexity create affinity for things you work on
Why Dr. Dan Ariely and I both love legos!
We go through half a dozen hilarious and very counter-intuitive findings from Dr. Dan Ariely's research
We discuss the quest for symbolic immortality (and why it matters to you)
If you want to deeply understand how motivation really works - listen to this episode!