This week’s must-reads: Rejection Kills

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!

An Era Defined by Fear (The New York Times)
I wonder if we’ve fully grasped how fear pervades our society and sets the emotional tone for our politics.

A cognitive scientist explains why humans are so susceptible to fake news and misinformation (Nieman Lab)
What can we do to avoid fake news, at a time when we could be waiting a while for mainstream media and social networks to step up and address the problem?

Rejection kills (Aeon)

The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning.

Improving Health Care by Gamifying It (Harvard Business Review)
Combining behavioral economics and “gamification” holds promise for driving behavior change when a doctor’s advice are not enough.

3 trends that will reshape how consumers interact with video games(GeekWire)
Consumer behavior will continue to drive change and developer innovation. With 2020 just around the corner, industry insiders anticipate several key areas to evolve between now and then.

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech (The New York Times)
Driving while distracted is nothing new, but new distractions for drivers pop up all the time. The most effective safety features may be the technology that is laying the foundation for autonomous cars.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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