Nov 01 2016

Thanks for the hospitality Center for Adaptive Rationality

Today I took advantage of Ralph Hertwig’s long-standing offer to come and visit the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development. The last time I visited the Institute was way back in 2000 for a summer school. I have fond memories. For example, I remember watching an epic soccer match in which Germany lost …

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Oct 21 2016

Thanks for the hospitality Goethe University!

Simone Wies invited me to Goethe University in Frankfurt to spend some time with the marketing folk for a few days. It was fun to briefly relive our shared office experience (although, I must point out that Simone’s current office space is more than twice that of our old combined office spaces at Duke, and it includes a mini table …

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Aug 28 2016

Gave a public lecture on human irrationality as part of National Science Week

Earlier this year, I decided to lead a public lecture given by the RMIT Behavioural Business Lab on human irrationality as part of National Science Week. We were very happy to see some 50 engaged Melbournians attend our event, which was held in RMIT’s Storey Hall at 7pm on Thursday August 18th. The idea was to give the …

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Jul 21 2016

I wrote a news article and was interviewed on radio about overconfidence

On July 1st I decided to pitch an idea to The Conversation. I have been a long time reader of the not-for-profit media outlet, which uses content sourced from the academic and research community, and thought it time to contribute. I had recently concluded a literature review on the topic of overconfidence and so thought I …

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Jun 27 2016

Travelled to Toronto to present at Behavioural Decision-making conference

In June I travelled to Toronto – my birthplace! – to participate in the 2016 Behavioral Decision Research in Management (#BDRM2016) conference. I really enjoyed the conference, which was bookended with an opening keynote by Ernst Fehr and a closing keynote by Elke Weber. The final conference dinner was held atop the amazing CN Tower with …

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Mar 01 2016

Some pearls of wisdom from Prof. John Roberts

I was very happy to host one of my mentors, UNSW Professor John Roberts this week. He gave a well-attended seminar where he discussed how we could use a strategic framework to address the feasibility of any strategic initiative, including what research area to pursue. He boiled this strategic framework down to the following eight questions. Strengths and …

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Jan 06 2016

Received an ACFS grant to study optimal design of super funds disclosure statements

I was very happy to hear that Robert Hoffmann, Marie-Anne Cam, Monica Tan, and I were awarded an Academic Research Grant from the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS). Our project is titled, “Is More Information Always Better? A behavioural study on superfunds optimal disclosure design”. In this project, we aim to answer three specific research questions …

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Nov 25 2015

In Sydney to present at the annual meeting of the Australia/NZ Marketing Academy

This week I travel back to beautiful Sydney (where I lived for 25 years!) to present at the 2015 meeting of the Australia New Zealand Marketing Academy, which is being hosted by my alma mater, UNSW. My talk is called “Probability-Based Loyalty Programs Increase Motivation”, which is work done together with my collaborators, Prof. Liyin Jin and Prof. Ying Zhang. …

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Oct 02 2015

In New Orleans to present at the Annual Meeting for the Association for Consumer Research

This week I made the very long trip from Melbourne (via Sydney and Dallas) to New Orleans to participate in the Annual Meeting for the Association for Consumer Research, October 1 – 4, 2015. I arrived a day early in order to tick some things off the bucket list, including enjoying a beignets, spotting swamp alligators, and enjoying a …

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Aug 08 2015

Experiments for public policy – A beginners guide

On Wednesday August 5th 2015 the Behavioural Business Lab (BBL) together with the Victorian Behavioural Insights Network, hosted an event at RMIT: “Experiments for public policy – A beginners guide”. The session began with myself giving a 30 minute lecture about what experiments are all about, and how they could be leveraged by those in public …

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