Annotated bibs 4,5,6

Posted: 09/08/2010 in Annotated Bibliography

Tendencies of Irrational Behavior

Ariely, Dan. “ – Dan Ariely: Tendencies of Irrational Behavior.” – Videos on the People, Issues, and Ideas Changing the Planet. Web. 07 Sept. 2010. <;.

The video I watched (which is under videos) was spoken by Dan Ariely. This video was about the Tendencies of Irrational Behavior. He had several of examples the first example was on optical illusions. He demonstrated how we quickly make irrational decisions. We respond to fast we don’t take a step back and look at it. He also talked about subscribing to things or picking things. He demonstrated a test he did. He made people pick which subscription would they buy. The first option was a year subscription on the web for 60 bucks, the second one was a print subscription for 125 bucks, the third one was a web and print subscription for a 125 bucks. The third option was picked over 80%, The first option was picked over 10%. The second option was not picked at all. He then did another test with the same options, but this time he took out the second option and, he only used the first and third option. This time the first option was picked for over 60%, and the third option was picked for under 40%. He said because there was not an example of what a great deal you are getting for the print and web subscription not as many people chose. People act irrationally, and they make irrational decisions. Unless they are shown both sides.

More Money More Problems

“Pop!Tech ’09: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems.” Ed. Andrew Price. MSN, 22 Oct. 2009. Web. 8 Sept. 2010. <;.Website

In this article Andrew Price talked about an experiment Dan Ariely did. The experiment he did was, he put workers in the same activities.One Group was offered pay for one days salary.The second group  was offered more, and the third group was offered five months salary. If you look at the graph below you can see the people with the highest pay did the worst in the activity, the people who were paid the least did the best in the activity. Why is that? Why did the people who were going to get paid the most do the worst? Dan said money did motivate them, but he said when you offer them that much money, or a lot of money. It stresses them out. It makes them perform poorly because they are stressed because they really want that money.


Why We Think It’s Okay To Lie And Cheat!

“Why We Think It’s OK to Cheat and Steal (sometimes): Dan Ariely on” TED Blog. Web. 08 Sept. 2010. 

The video I watch was by Dan Ariely. In this video he talks about how cheating and stealing is okay, but he also talked about irrational behavior. He talked about when he was in the hospital. When he was getting his bandages removed. He said the nurses had two approaches to remove the bandages. The first aproach was to remove them slowly. The second aproach was to rip it off quickly. Each option had it’s own pros and cons. The nurses went with the second option. He later found out it would have been better to do the first option, and to start from the face and move down would have helped.  It would have also helped if they would have taken breaks. He then told his favorite nurse that. She said did you ever think about my pain on having to torture you. Back to what it was mainly about he did an experiment on students. He made them take a test in 5 minuetes. For everyone they answered they got a dollar. When the time was up he made them shred the test and guess how many they got right alot of them lied. He then brought in an actor. The actor wore a college sweater. The students that took the test with him were from that college. After thirty seconds the actor stood up and said he was done. He collected his money and left. Then everyone else lied, but when he wore a rival college sweater no one lied or cheated. With that conclusion I would say your surroundings effect wether you lie or cheat.


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