Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely is an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioral economics. He teaches at Duke University and is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight and also the co-founder of BEworks. Ariely's talks on TED have been watched over 4.8 million times. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both of which became New York Times best sellers, as well as The Honest Truth about Dishonesty.
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Sample chapters from Predictably Irrational and Upside of Irrationality.

Predictably Irrational

Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin?

Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup?

When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we?

In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.

Upside of Irrationality

The provocative follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Predictably Irrational

Why can large bonuses make CEOs less productive? How can confusing directions actually help us? Why is revenge so important to us? Why is there such a big difference between what we think will make us happy and what really makes us happy?

In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term habit, how we learn to love the ones we're with, and more.

Drawing on the same experimental methods that made Predictably Irrational one of the most talked-about bestsellers of the past few years, Ariely uses data from his own original and entertaining experiments to draw arresting conclusions about how—and why—we behave the way we do. From our office attitudes, to our romantic relationships, to our search for purpose in life, Ariely explains how to break through our negative patterns of thought and behavior to make better decisions. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home—and cast our irrational behaviors in a more nuanced light.

The New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality returns with thought-provoking work to challenge our preconceptions about dishonesty and urge us to take an honest look at ourselves. Does the chance of getting caught affect how likely we are to cheat? How do companies pave the way for dishonesty? Does collaboration make us more honest or less so? Does religion improve our honesty?

Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune, whether it's the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, award-winning, bestselling author Dan Ariely turns his unique insight and innovative research to the question of dishonesty.

Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But Ariely argues, and then demonstrates, that it's actually the irrational forces that we don't take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed résumés, hidden commissions, and knockoff purses. In The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional, and political worlds, and how it affects all of us, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards.

But all is not lost. Ariely also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives. With compelling personal and academic findings, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty will change the way we see ourselves, our actions, and others.

¿Por qué compramos lo que compramos? ¿Somos realmente dueños de nuestras decisiones o se nos puede manipular como consumidores? ¿Tienen trampa las ofertas? Qué influye en que un producto nos parezca caro o barato? ¿Gasta más quien paga con tarjeta de crédito? ¿Por qué compramos cosas que no necesitamos? ¿Influyen las marcas en nuestro grado de satisfacción ante un producto? ¿Hay robos más éticos que otros? ¿Somos compradores compulsivos e irracionales? Este libro apasionante, riguroso y ameno responde a estas y otras muchas preguntas sobre nuestras decisiones cotidianas, como consumidores y como ciudadanos, a partir de experimentos punteros llevados a cabo por el prestigioso especialista en psicología del consumo Dan Ariely. El autor nos proporciona nuevas y sorprendentes conclusiones sobre la naturaleza humana, que ayudarán al lector a tomar mejores decisiones en su vida personal y laboral. “Va a ser el libro más influyente y comentado en años. Está tan lleno de descubrimientos deslumbrantes y es tan entretenido que cuando lo empecé a leer no fui capaz de soltarlo”, Daniel McFadden, Premio Nobel de Economía en 2000. “Muy original. Ariely no sólo nos proporciona una buena lectura, sino que también nos hace más sabios”, George Akerlof, Premio Nobel de Economía en 2001 “Le entretendrá al tiempo que le hará más sabio. Y lo que aprenderá sobre cómo toma usted las decisiones le sorprenderá y puede que hasta le haga cambiar. Además, aprenderá lo divertido puede llegar a ser el estudio de la toma de decisiones”, Daniel Kahneman, Premio Nobel de Economía en 2002. “Los ingeniosos experimentos de Dan Ariely exploran profundamente cómo nuestro comportamiento económico está influenciado por fuerzas irracionales y normas sociales. Escrito en un estilo deliciosamente informal y accesible al gran público”,”Kenneth Arrow, Premio Nobel de Economía en 1972 “Apasionante, rebosante de inteligentes experimentos, ideas atractivas y anécdotas deliciosas. Dan Ariely nos guía de un modo divertido a través de las debilidades y los errores de nuestras decisiones diarias”. Daniel Gilbert, autor de Tropezar con la felicidad. “Un tratado dinámico sobre cómo funciona el mundo y cómo gastamos nuestro dinero basándonos en las reglas de otras personas”, Kirkus Reviews. “Una lectura fascinante y reveladora”, Publishers Weekly. “Después de leer este libro, entenderá las decisiones que toma de un modo totalmente distinto”, Nicolas Negroponte,
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