Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Your Smartphone Controls Your Mind

Apps are designed to maximize the amount of time you spend on them — even if that is wasting your precious time.  Tristan Harris explains in his TED talk:

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

And check out this article to see what he is planning to do about it:

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them

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October 19, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment

The scientists who make apps addictive

A must-read.

The scientists who make apps addictive

Ian Leslie | October/November 2016 | The Economist 1843

Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used

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October 24, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

It seems we are all just puppets on a string.  Make sure you watch the Olson video.

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

David Robson | 24 March 2015 | BBC Future

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.

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April 24, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making | , , , | Leave a comment

How con artists trick your mind

Interesting article from BBC Future.  After you read it, don’t forget to help science and do the U of Cambridge survey.

How con artists trick your mind

By Colin Barras | 3 October 2014 | BBC Future

Scammers play sophisticated psychological tricks to fool their marks, says Colin Barras, and that means anyone can be vulnerable unless they know what to look for.

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October 5, 2014 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment