Behavioral Grooves Podcast
By Kurt Nelson, PhD & Tim Houlihan
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Behavioral Grooves is a discussion on the application of behavioral sciences. Kurt Nelson, Ph.D. and Tim Houlihan interview researchers, academics, practitioners and accidental behavioral scientists. Our conversations are lively, spontaneous, full of laughs and insights into the science behind why we do what we do. We conclude each podcast with a grooving session, recorded after the interview, where we explore the science and reflect on the key takeaways from the interview and the topics we discussed.
||CleanSaurabh Bhargava: A More Serene Path to Financial Wellbeing||Saurabh Bhargava, PhD is a professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and he joined us in the Behavioral Grooves studio during a visit to Minnesota over the holidays. Saurabh has also taught at the Booth School at the Universi||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Sweeney: Everything Is a Story||John Sweeney is the author of Innovation at the Speed of Laughter: 8 Secrets to World Class Idea Generation, corporate keynote speaker, improvisational impresario, the actor known for his character Jiggly Boy, a brainstorming and innovation maniac, and||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRodd Wagner: This Episode Could Save Your Life||The safety insights from our guest could save your life! Rodd Wagner is The New York Times bestselling author of the book "Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees as If They're Real People." A contributor to Forbes, he is one of the for||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Steenburgh: How to Sell New Products||Thomas Steenburgh, PhD is a senior professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Tom spent a good portion of his career in the corporate world and before he departed for ac||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobert Cialdini, PhD: Littering, Egoism and Aretha Franklin||Robert Cialdini, PhD is counted among the greatest psychological researchers alive today and his published works have been cited thousands of times. His New York Times best-selling book, Influence, from 1984, is considered a classic for classroom and co||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving: Political Stalemates - Insights on Consistency||This episode is first in a series called Exploring the Principles of Influence, named for Robert Cialdini, PhD’s principles in his 1984 book, Influence. During this and the next 5 mini-grooving sessions, we will discuss Dr. Cialdini’s principles in||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOri Brafman: On Starfish, Burning Man and Efficient Markets||In this episode, we had a discussion with Ori Brafman about decentralization and how our brains respond to cash and cocaine. Ori is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and is the founder and president of Starfish Leadership as well as the c||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarry Ritholtz: How to Reduce Evolutionary Panic||In this special edition, we sat down with Barry Ritholtz, a Wall Street investment maven, host of the podcast Masters In Business, a regular contributor to Bloomberg TV, CNBC and The Street, as well as an author whose pieces appear in The Wall Street Jo||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Too Much Stuff||After the gift-giving holidays – Hanukkah and Christmas – homes and apartments are bursting at the seams with more stuff. Knick-knacks, novelties, gewgaws, tchotchkes, odds and ends of all sorts are crowding out space where the familiar stuff curr||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving: Top 10 Podcasts of 2018||During 2018, Behavioral Grooves published 44 episodes and expanded our viewers into more than 90 countries. To celebrate our successful first year, Kurt and Tim called out our ten most downloaded episodes from 2018. We hope you check them out. #10. Beha||12/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Tatam: Smelling the Brand||Sam Tatam is the behavioral strategy director at Ogilvy in London. Sam helps his clients develop new ways to manage behavioral issues they have with their employees and customers. We were introduced to Sam in San Francisco where he wowed us with his pre||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Leach: Marketing to Mindstates||Will Leach is a marketer, econometrician and author whose recent book, Marketing to Mindstates, captured our attention before it was even published. His clever, behaviorally-focused marketing messages were provocative and we were excited to have him as||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on: New Year's Resolutions||Every year, millions of people make resolutions at the start of the new year and researchers indicate that 91% of those resolutions are sunk by the end of the second week in January. In this grooving episode, we highlight 10 tips on how you can keep you||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Hallsworth: From MINDSPACE to EAST||In this episode, we spoke with Dr. Michael Hallsworth PhD, the Managing Director of the North American Behavioral Insights Team. We met up with him at his office in Brooklyn which gave the audio a bit of an echo-chamber vibe. Michael was an early member||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRe-Grooving on Annie Duke||This is a special Re-Grooving session for your speedy listening enjoyment. In this re-grooving episode, we are re-sharing the Grooving Session (only the Grooving Session) that followed Kurt’s and my conversation with Annie Duke, author and poker champ||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Ahearn: The Heart of Reciprocity||Brian Ahearn is the Chief Influence Officer at Influence People, LLC, and one of only 20 Cialdini Method Certified Trainers in the world. Brian’s experience with Robert Cialdini’s methods places him among the most experienced practitioners alive. I||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLinnea Gandhi: Crushing on Statistics||University of Chicago MBA professor Linnea Gandhi talked with Kurt and Tim recently about her consulting work, her passion for statistics, grading papers and how a good improvisational theatre production can be sheer joy. Self-descriptions of her own ac||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Civil Discourse at the Thanksgiving Table||Political discussions in many places around the world have become more contentious than at any time in our recent history. It seems almost impossible to have a calm conversation with someone who doesn’t hold our own political views. In North America a||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Yokum: Science is Hard||David Yokum may not be a household name but that shouldn’t stop you from listening. If you’ve ever wondered about police officer body cameras and the effect they’re having on crime, policing and adjudication, we have David to thank for conducting||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Waiting: Why we don't like to be idle||While Kurt and Tim were waiting for a podcast interviewee to log in recently, we decided to discuss the behavioral and psychological aspects of waiting. What do you do when you have unplanned time on your hands? Some people call it marginal time and ot||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKoen Smets: The Altered Chord||Koen Smets is not a household name, but it ought to be. Pronounced KEWN, our guest in this episode is Belgian by birth and has lived in the UK for more than 20 years. He is a founding partner of CareIQ, a firm that offers innovative concepts for impro||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaroline Webb: Having a Good Day||Caroline Webb is an overachiever. Oxford, Cambridge, Levy Economics Institute, McKinsey & Associates, Carnegie Hall performer, Davos World Economic Forum speaker. It’s an inspiring list of accomplishments. Even with all of those remarkable feats, our||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Books: Our Top 10 Recommended books on Behavioral Science||In this grooving session, Kurt and Tim discuss books that they believe every behavioral science nerd should (yes: should) read. Kurt was limited to 5 picks, but didn't stay in the lines, and Tim was also limited to 5 picks and did stay in the lines. (#||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeaving the Matrix: Annie Duke and Insights into how you can improve your thinking!||Annie Duke’s latest book, Thinking in Bets, Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, is a masterful mash-up of her life as a researcher, poker player and charitable organization founder. In it, she explores new ideas on how to m||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEducation: The Path to a More Prosperous Life with Sarita Parikh||Sarita Parikh is the Senior Director of Consumer Experience and Strategy at GED Testing Service, a business that helps adults use education as a path to a better life. The GED, or General Education Development, is a series of tests administered in the U||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeyond a Framework featuring Bri Williams||Bri Williams is an Australian pioneer in the application of behavioral sciences. She was an early follower of Dan Ariely, BJ Fogg and Richard Thaler, but soon believed the business community needed something more than a framework: they needed tools. She||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Priming: How Your Socks Influence Your Behavior||Priming is a technique whereby exposure to one stimulus influences a response to a subsequent stimulus without conscious guidance or intention. In other words, it’s a subconscious influence on our behavior. And it’s powerful. In this grooving sessio||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Goals: The Magic of Goals||Goals are as common and as misunderstood as mobile phones. We think we know how to use them, but we don’t get it right every time. And if we were asked to explain how they work, we’d be clueless. In this grooving session, Kurt and Tim discuss the ma||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRuchir Sehra on The Behavioral Effects of Sleep||Ruchir Sehra is an entrepreneur, cardio physiologist, MBA and a curious and caring human being. Our interview with Ruchir was set in the discussion of Resonea, Inc’s new product, Drowzle. This phone-based app analyzes sleep patterns in the comfort of||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFacial Muscles Speak Louder Than Words with author Dan Hill||Dan Hill, PhD, researcher, author and founder of Sensory Logic, shares his wit, wisdom and insights into behavioral sciences in our interview. Dan's work is in facial coding - a diagnostic methodology that connects emotions to the expressions of the||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitApril Seifert on Digital Exhaust Analysis and Gender Stereotyping||April Seifert, PhD considers herself a multi-passionate person. In this episode, our conversation with her covered skydiving, motherhood, data nerdery, implicit bias assessments, gender stereotyping and, of course, digital exhaust analysis. April's diss||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Self Identity||In this episode on the mysterious world of self-identity and self-schema, we offer 4 tips on how you make the most of your self-identity. 1. Fake it 'till you make it. 2. Insure your self talk is positive and future focused. 3. Create small wins an||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Cash vs. Non-Cash||Kurt and Tim have experience in designing and implementing rewards programs for sales reps, channel partners and loyal customers as well as corporate recognition programs. In this episode, we discuss the not-so-intuitive value of non-cash rewards for||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Applying Behavioral Sciences at Your Office||Kurt and Tim have decades of experience applying BS (behavioral sciences) in corporate environments (and non-profits) and this episode walks through some tips that YOU can use to apply BS (behavioral sciences) to your workspace. We talk about sales ince||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Teaspoon Hustle - Part 2 with Rob Burnett||This podcast is Part 2 of a 2-part podcast. Our interview with Rob Burnet, founder of Well Told Story in Nairobi, Kenya went so well and so long that we decided to break it into two separate podcasts. Part 2 begins with a Seth Godin story and gets||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Teaspoon Hustle - Part 1 with Rob Burnett||This podcast is Part 1 of a 2-part podcast. Our interview with Rob Burnet, founder of Well Told Story in Nairobi, Kenya went so well and so long that we decided to break it into two separate podcasts. In this episode, Part 1, we tee up the work that Ro||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStars - Cores - Laggards - Better Incentives for Your Sales Reps featuring Dr. Michael Ahearne||In this episode, we spoke with Michael Ahearne PhD, a professor and researcher at the University of Houston. Mike is an expert in sales incentives, so we talked about the behavioral issues that come to light with – mostly – bad incentive design. Mi||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Accidental Behavioral Scientist with David Hussman||From being a recording engineer at Prince's Paisley Park studios, to playing with the big-hair metal band Slave Raider to founding a successful Agile coaching business called Dev Jam, David Hussman has been forging his way one untraditional step at a ti||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNudge-A-Thon with Dr. Christina Gravert||Dr. Christina Gravert is a Post-Doc at the University of Gothenburg and Chief Behavioral Economist of Impactfully, a behavioral science consultancy. We talked to her from Gothenburg, Sweden, and we had a very interesting conversation about nudging. Chri||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA New Leadership Model with Bain & Company's Mark Horwitch||In this episode, we spoke to Mark Horwitch, Partner for Co-Creation ~ Flexibility ~ Openness ~ Vision at Bain & Company about his remarkable new leadership model developed at Bain. Leaders at Bain selected Mark to lead a team to develop a new leader||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving with Kurt & Tim - The 4 Drive Model||When Kurt and Tim founded the Behavioral Grooves, we wanted to glean insights into the applications of behavioral sciences from world-renowned researchers and practitioners. So far, so good! In this shorter episode, rather than interviewing a guest, we||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Marketing Is Good, You Don't See It||This episode’s guest is Kyle Simenson, a marketing consultant who noted that ‘When marketing is good, you can’t see it.’ His comment instantly brought questions of malevolent and benevolent use of marketing data along with intention and the line||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMapping the Influence of Corporate Cultures - Silke Brittain||When we started our conversation with Silke Brittain by talking about her thrill-seeking nature and her background in gymnastics, we couldn't have predicted the deep conversation about influence mapping inside organizations. Silke is the managing dir||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrowth Tribes and Pirate Funnels - Bernardo Nunes||Bernardo Nunes, PhD believes that applying behavioral sciences to startups is the fastest way to get entrepreneurs up and running in a fast-changing world. At Growth Academy in Amsterdam, the students work in small teams over three months to build a co||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging the World One View at a Time - with Reddit superstar Kal Turnbull||"One begins with a judgment and ends with a judgment, and the purpose of facts and figures is to come in between them is to make the one you end with more accurate." This wise comment came from the grand-dad of Kal Turnbull, the founder of Change My Vi||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Be Creepy - Data Transparency with Charlotte Blank||Charlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer at Maritz, says her job is 'selling science.' In this interview, held immediately before our meetup gathering in Minneapolis in February 2018, Charlotte describes research she conducted with Leslie John, Tami K||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Value of Understanding Microexpressions for Leaders||Todd Fonseca is an executive in clinical research and communication for Medtronic and holds an interesting array of certifications including Certified Body Language Trainer. He is also the founder of the Anti-Networking Network Meetup and likes to ask m||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Employee Value Proposition at the NSA||Chris Dobyns, the Human Capital Strategic Consultant in the Office of Human Resource Strategy & Program Design at the NSA (the National Security Agency), joined us to discuss how the NSA is engaging their workforce more than ever. Let it be known that t||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApplying the 4 Drive Model to Rewards & Recognition||Many firms use rewards and incentives to motivate their reps. However, it was only when a complete audit of all the rewards and recognition tools in place at a large pharmaceutical firm did the realization come that they were leaving motivational powe||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing Behavioral Science to Save Lives with Anurag Vaish,TheFinalMile||In this episode, we talk with Anurag Vaish, Co-Founder of TheFinalMile, one of the largest behavioral science consultancies in the world. TheFinalMile has offices in Mumbai and Chicago and we caught up with Anurag while he was in India in December of||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrooving on Branding with Aaron Snyder, PhD from Lexicon||In this episode, we spoke with Aaron Snyder, Director of Special Projects at Lexicon. Lexicon is one of the largest branding companies in the world. They are responsible for creating some of the most famous household brands including Pentium, Blac||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBG 3: Scott Jeffrey, PhD, Monmouth University||In this episode, we discuss the concept of justifiability with one of its earliest researchers, Scott Jeffrey, PhD. Scott was early among researchers, including Itamar Simonson at Stanford, to note that part of what makes a thing a 'reward' is its diffi||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehavioral Grooves 2: Chad Emerson, President of The 421||Chad Emerson founded The 421 to help people with addictions make better decisions. He focuses his comments on being "change ready" and the importance of preparing oneself for making a change in life. Chad's website www.the421.com includes more informa||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBehavioral Grooves 1: James Heyman, PhD||Interview with James Heyman, PhD||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Science Changing Lives
Tim and Kurt have a knack for finding great guests that both dig into the science while keeping it light and fun. The power of language as explored through their Lexicon interview was fascinating and the ability of behavioral science to SAVE lives as demonstrated by the Mumbai train project is amazing; big takeaway from this was the power of environment to shape massive behavior change,
And as a bonus, if you are a music lover, their grooving on various currently little known artists is a treat.
A destination for fellow psych nerds & music lovers!
The Behavioral Grooves Podcast is one of those rare gems that combines really engaging, approachable, dare I say, HUMAN BEING hosts with research-backed, informative topics. If you're at all interested in the field of Psychology, this is a great destination for you. Their guests are wide-ranging, and you'll walk away with a better understanding of Psychology than you'd ever get in any Psych 100 college course. Check it out!
Science + Fun = Great podcast!
Tim and Kurt do an awesome job talking behavioral science with great guests. Every episode you learn something new and also laugh. One of my favorite podcasts!
Make sure to check them out and if in the Twin Cities checkout their Behavioral Grooves Meetup.