This week’s must-reads: How Banking Apps Can Motivate You to Save

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!

How Banking Apps Can Motivate You to Save (Spencer Tierney)
Some apps can help bridge the gap between our desire to save more money and following through.

Do we really have a ‘suicidal generation’? (Tom Chivers)
For people who want to say that social media is causing an epidemic of suicide, there’s just no good evidence for it.

Study: Collaborative video games could increase office productivity(Todd Hollingshead)

A new study by four BYU information systems professors found newly-formed work teams experienced a 20 percent increase in productivity on subsequent tasks after playing video games together for just 45 minutes

What Autism Can Teach Us About Overcoming Digital Burnout (Alexandra Samuel)

It may still be possible to anticipate and manage the steady acceleration of incoming stimuli if we adopt lessons from people with autism.

Reciprocity Decay (CoGlode)
Conventional wisdom suggests that our desire to return favors doesn’t fade over time. A new study suggests the opposite: that reciprocity has a very narrow window and will quickly disappear.

Transparency Effect (CoGlode)
Contrary to popular belief, being honest with people about behavioral motives doesn’t reduce their effect. There doesn’t need to be a trade-off between effectiveness and transparency.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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