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The Hidden Costs of Reward: New Perspectives on th&hellip by Mark R. Lepper
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I managed to get this second hand via Amazon fairly cheaply, but it now seems to have risen in price dramatically. If you are at all interested in how rewards affect motivation (in particular the potential downsides) this is really worth getting hold of, once a cheap copy re-appears.

This is a subject that I find fascinating anyway, but the collection of papers in this book took some of the arguments on further for me. In addition to setting out some of the results of research by the likes of Deci etc the books also explores some of the theory behind why rewards might backfire. I think this is important as the idea of 'intrinsic motivation' doesn't tell us much on its own. Also… Read more
The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyda&hellip by Sheena Iyengar
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 2 Jan 2011
This is quite an interesting book, but in a crowded marketplace (there are loads of books about decision-making research now) I'm not sure it's one anyone really needs to read.

The style is nice - easy going and lots of anecdotes are used to bring the ideas behind the research into real world scenarios. But I personally felt the book falls between two stools. It's not really detailed enough if you are interested in the underlying research (though there are lots of references at the end for particular paper). In addition, if you have read much in this area (Nudge, Predictably Irrational etc) you will probably be very familiar with both some of the research and the particular… Read more
The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book, 12 July 2010
I quite enjoyed Predictably Irrational, though it wasn't quite what I was expecting. This is a better book, though again in part for unexpected reasons.

First up, it's actually quite a personal book. Part of Ariely's pitch is to remember our humanity, particularly in the face of policymakers who assume we are rational, self-interested maximisers. He draws a bit on his own experiences, in particular the very nasty accident that he suffered as a teenager, to point out where biases kick in and how they affect us. The result is a popular book about behavioural science that has a very human feel to it, and that makes it a nice read.

Secondly, as with Predictably Irrational,… Read more

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