Archive for June, 2008

Nudge Me Tender, Nudge Me True

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, both of the University of Chicago, have written a thought-provoking book full of practical suggestions for improving the decision-making process, titled Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. Based on the title, you might assume that this is a self-help book. It is not. It is treatise […]

The Brain’s Spam Filter

Friday, June 6th, 2008

The June/July 2008 issue of Scientific American Mind includes an article entitled “Your Inner Spam Filter” by Andrew W. McCollough and Edward K. Vogel of the University of Oregon. In it they explain that superior abstract reasoning appears to be related to better use of working memory and that the difference between those who reason […]

Google Bullet Graphs

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Trevor Lott of, a service that provides performance reports for auto dealerships, wrote to me recently. Here’s what he said: I’ve been a fan of your work for several years and have always been impressed with your willingness to share, be it innovations, ideas or feedback. It’s only fitting that I had you in […]