A curated selection of podcasts to help you learn about and understand emotions.

Imagine learning about valuable behavior change concepts in a fun and easy way from a mix of experts with exciting perspectives. Sounds too good to be true? Enter: Habit Weekly PodCourses.

We curate our favorite behavioral science podcasts into insightful playlists. The second part of our PodCourses focuses on the fascinating topic of emotions.

What are emotions? How do they influence us, and can we influence them? Can we teach AI emotions? Learn the answers to these questions and so much more!

You can listen to the Full PodCourse on Spotify here, or you can browse the selection of podcast…

A guide to using an underrated behavior change technique

Do you have a difficult time staying committed to your goals? You’re not alone. Struggling to align your present self and your future self just means you’re a human being. So how do we humans bridge what’s called the “intention-action gap?” Enter one of the most underrated behavior change techniques: Commitment Devices.

Commitment Devices has two main components.

Firstly, it’s a voluntary choice you make in the present that impacts your choices in the future; you try align future choices to only those that reflect your long-term goals (1). This means you must be self-aware of where and when the gap exist between your intention and…

Introducing the toolbox of the behavioral manager through ten provocative questions

This post is an adapted conversation between Samuel Salzer and Henrik Dresbøll of WElearn from the series Behavior Worth Spreading. It explores the toolbox of the behavioral manager as Samuel answers ten questions from Henrik related to organizational behavior change.

1) Why do organizations only succeed with 50% of their change projects?

My biased answer is a lack of focus on behavior, i.e., what behavior(s) need to change for the targeted outcomes to be reached. If target behaviors are identified (kudos!), there is often a general lack of understanding of what levers to use to change that behavior.

“It is very tempting to think we already know the answer”

This usually stems…

State of the field in 2021 and beyond — Opinions, predictions, and thoughts from leaders in the field

2020 brought with it a newfound appreciation for the complexity of human behavior and the importance of context in understanding and predicting our patterns. As a professional community, behavioral science and design enjoyed an unprecedented spotlight from the government, research, and private sectors alike. Still, we were also faced with stark truths about the limits of our current approaches when put to the test at mass societal levels of change.

This report features behavioral design insights from various experts in the field, helping us understand what happened in the past year and where the field is headed. …

And the Habit Weekly Awards goes to…


Crowning the best Behavioral Design content 🏆👑

To celebrate the Habit Weekly newsletter’s second birthday, we decided to introduce the inaugural Habit Weekly Awards as a way to, in turn, celebrate all of the wonderful content creators who make our field better.

The world of applied behavioral science is still small, and its continuing growth relies on selfless souls around the world who are willing to help spread valuable insights — through writing, videos, podcasts, and everything in between. Without them, the newsletter would not be possible, and our field would undoubtedly be a sad sight to see.

Thanks to…

The Habit Weekly Anniversary Edition 2020

Habit Weekly is a newsletter that makes it fun and easy to get smarter about habits and behavioral design. Trusted by 10,000+ behavioral designer readers around the world, the newsletter has now managed to deliver a hand-picked list of the best behavioral design content to inboxes around the world every week for 104 weeks straight!? In other words, for two years! 😅🎉

This is a cause for celebration, and I thought what better way to celebrate than combining all of the best content from the past 12 months into this amazing behavioral design bundle.

Before you get started reading, I…

A curated selection of podcasts to help you learn about building and breaking habits. Made by a habit expert.

Image credit: Leslie Soto Valenzuela

Welcome to this PodCourse, curated by me, Samuel Salzer. I love to create content that makes valuable insights democratized and more easily attained. This is the first part in a series of PodCourses that I’m developing for my newsletter Habit Weekly on themes and concepts from behavioral design and beyond. Be sure to let me know if you liked this concept and find the selection useful by clapping away on the left 👏👏👏.

You can listen to the Full PodCourse on Spotify here or you can browse the selection of podcast episodes below. Happy listening and habit building!

— Samuel…

The ultimate collection of resources for graduating students in behavioral science and related fields

Congratulations, Class of 2020! Though your graduate trips may be postponed and your commencement may be virtual, we brought you a gift to still help you celebrate. This is a collection of resources and advice aimed to make life easier for all graduates in behavioral science and related fields. Whether you are looking to find work in industry or contemplating a PhD, this guide has been created with the aim of providing you with all the answers.

I. Introduction
Part 1: Entering the Workforce?
1. The Job Search
2. Job Listing Sites
3. Starting Your Career
4. …

The list of movies and TV-shows you didn’t know you needed

Who said binge-watching couldn’t be enlightening? Here’s your unofficial selection of the best films and TV-series helping us better understand human behavior, without leaving our armchairs (or couches).

You are probably thinking that this whole thing sounds like an elaborate charade of motivated reasoning to justify streaming something new on Netflix. However, that is simply not true. All of these films and shows have been carefully selected by a group of leading behavioral science researchers and neuroscientists who have spent thousands of hours analyzing Dumb & Dumber, among other films. There was also crowdsourcing of ideas via LinkedIn.

Was it…

Opinions, predictions, and thoughts from leaders in the field

The beginning of this new decade is a perfect moment to reflect on how far behavioral design has come in the past ten years and what it might grow into in the coming decade. Our intention was to collate behavioral design insights from a variety of experts into one piece of content we can all use as a resource for ourselves and to share our work with the world. This collection features multi-disciplinary perspectives, showcasing the potential of behavioral design to impact human behavior at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. …

Samuel Salzer

Behavioral designer, author and keynote speaker. Helping organizations create habit forming products. Curator for the popular newsletter www.HabitWeekly.com

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