Dan Ariely's immersive introduction to irrationality took place many years ago while he was overcoming injuries sustained in an explosion. The range of treatments in the burn department, and particularly the daily "bath" made him face a variety of irrational behaviors that were immensely painful and persistent. Upon leaving the hospital, he wanted to understand how to better deliver painful and unavoidable treatments to patients, so he began conducting research in this area. After completing this initial research project, he became engrossed with the idea that we repeatedly and predictably make the wrong decisions in many aspects of our lives and that research could help change some of these patterns.
His book, Predictably Irrational, is an attempt to take research findings in behavioral economics and describe them in non-academic terms so that more people will learn about this type of research, discover the excitement of this field, and possibly use some of the insights to enrich their own lives. He is the James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics at Duke University, a visiting professor at MIT's Media Laboratory, and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.
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Last Updated: May 14, 2012