The psychology of playing the fool

Law professor Tess Wilkinson-Ryan’s new book “Fool Proof: How Fear of Playing the Sucker Shapes Ourselves and the Social Order―and What We Can Do About It” explores the psychology of fools, dupes, cons, and morality.

Tina Rodia

Defining neural ‘representation’

Neuroscientists frequently say that neural activity ‘represents’ certain phenomena, PIK Professor Konrad Kording and postdoc Ben Baker led a study that took a philosophical approach to tease out what the term means.

Marilyn Perkins

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Psychology Today

Moral virtues and character strengths across the life span

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts & Sciences is lauded for convening a 2005 meeting at Penn of the world’s leading experts in the emerging field of positive psychology.


The New York Times

The benefits of ‘wise selfishness’

Adam Grant of the Wharton School says that people who are generous with their time while keeping their own interests in mind are often the most successful people at an organization.


Financial Times

Can you predict the year ahead better than superforecasters?

PIK Professor Philip Tetlock is noted for co-founding the Good Judgment project at Penn in response to a search for the best methods to forecast geopolitical events.


Business Insider

‘Quiet quitting is the natural sequel to the Great Resignation’ as workers still rethink their jobs three years into the pandemic

Adam Grant of the Wharton School says that “quiet quitting” can be counteracted by providing meaningful work, respect, and fair pay.



This 95-second video will help you build a habit for good

Katy Milkman of the Wharton School details science-backed and proven ways to form a habit without continuing to fail.



Stopping the ‘quiet quitting’ trend could be all down to your boss

Adam Grant of the Wharton School suggests having “entry interviews” and “stay interviews” in favor of exit interviews to mitigate the “quiet quitting” phenomenon.