New article out on why overconfidence is influenced by how relevant information is learned

There has been a lot of previous research on how risky choices differ depending on whether information (e.g., the performance of a worker) is learned about by “experience” (e.g., a front-line manager observing daily performance) or learned about from “description (e.g., a top-level manager reading a summary of performance over a long period of time). …

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New article out on how people underestimate the carbon footprint of foods

After ~5 years of effort, my collaborators (Richard Larrick, Shajuti Hossain, and Dalia Patino-Echeverri ) and I have published some really interesting research today in Nature Climate Change. The take away from this research is in the title: “Consumers underestimate the emissions associated with food but are aided by labels”. You can read the paper here …

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Presented at SJDM in New Orleans

This week I traveled to New Orleans to attend the 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. This was my second visit to NOLA. This time the weather was cold and windy – a low season for tourism. So, it wasn’t too much of a surprise when I was the only one …

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Presented at the Sydney Behavioural Economics & Behavioural Science Meetup

Today I presented to the Sydney Behavioural Economics & Behavioural Science Meetup group. It is great that this group exists and allows people from different backgrounds – industry, government, and academia – to grab a beer and discuss behavioural science. My talk was provocatively titled “Nudges vs. Boosts“. Here’s the blurb: There are many interventions that …

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Presented on Behavioural Economics at the Link Group Conference

On 20 April 2018, I had the opportunity to give a keynote talk at the Link Group conference, which is a firm that administers over 10 million superannuation accounts on behalf of their client funds (e.g., AustralianSuper, REST, Cbus and Hostplus). In attendance were about 50 Fund CEOs, COOs and other Marketing, IT and Operations professionals. My …

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Introducing Behavioural Economics to the National Australia Bank

Today I had the great pleasure to travel down to Melbourne and present an introductory behavioural economics talk to approximately 100 interested staff members at the National Australia Bank. I covered many of the basic concepts including loss aversion, prospect theory, mental accounting, and the endowment effect. There were some great questions at the end, …

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Presented at the SCP Boutique Conference in Sydney

This week I was fortunate to be one of the few to participate in the Society for Consumer Psychology Boutique Conference on Vice and Virtue Consumption. One of the great things about small conferences – this one had less than 120 attendees – is that you get a lot more interaction with people. I find that conversations …

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Excited to start a new position at the University of Technology Sydney

Today I started my new position as a senior lecturer of consumer psychology in the marketing department of the University of Technology Sydney. My new office is located in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building,  pictured in the background, which was designed by master-architect  Frank Gehry. The building’s design is based on the idea of a tree-house structure …

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Presented at ANZMAC in Melbourne

This week my school hosted the Australia & New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference (ANZMAC). My colleague and friend, Dr. Linda Robinson, lead in the organisation of the conference, which included more than 400 delegates. The doctoral colloquium ran for two days and the main conference ran for three days. Organising this event required many hands-on …

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Presented at SJDM in Vancouver

I slowly made my way up the US west coast from San Diego, CA to Eugene, OR before catching a flight to complete the journey to Vancouver, Canada to attend the 38th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Along the way I stopped at Huntington Beach, Los Angeles (highlight: Griffiths Observatory), Santa Barbara, Hearst …

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