This week’s must-reads: Curiosity can save us when lies come dressed as numbers

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. I hope you enjoy them!

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Curiosity can save us when lies come dressed as numbers (Tim Harford)
Judging by all the nonsense that people repeat these days, most of us could do with a refresher course in basic number skills.

How to tell if you are truly addicted to your smartphone (The Telegraph)How much screen-time is too much? A wave of new studies are challenging the long-held orthodoxy that screen-time should be avoided: some, it claims, might even be of benefit.

Why China Can Do AI More Quickly And Effectively Than The US (Wired)
The real action today is with the “tinkerers”, those who implement AI and make it solve real-world problems. That’s where China comes in.

ResearchOps Spotlight: Shane Close Senior UX Design Lead at Accent Technologies (Nom Nom)
Some UX professionals find themselves having to fight for the respect and validation their hard work deserves. Shane Close is one of the lucky ones — his work is valued and well supported at Accent Technologies.

Pleasure, Flow, and Meaning — The 3 Approaches to Designing for Delight (Jared M. Spool) Improving the design from the neural point to introduce delight is a different process. It’s additive, whereas getting the neutral point is reductive. We have to know what to add to make the experience become delightful.

Vatican releases its own ‘Pokemon Go’ that lets you chase Jesus and it’s just as unbelievable as it sounds (Business Insider)
The Vatican is now trying to get in touch with millennials by releasing a game called Follow JC Go.

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