1044. A Day in the Life: What's It Really Like to Be a Behavioral Scientist?
Kurt Nelson, PhD
“What’s really fascinating about behavioral science is that it’s a combination of a number of specific fields. Behavioral science takes psychology, sociology, economics, behavioral economics and anthropology and brings all the insights around anything that has to deal with why people think or do or act the way they do. It’s a concept of trying to understand what are those underpinnings of human thought and human behavior.”
Kurt Nelson is a sought-after consultant, speaker and recognized leader in human motivation and behavior change. For over 20 years, he has worked with global companies to apply behavioral science principles to drive change in their organizations. He is founder and president of The Lantern Group, a behavioral design and communication agency. He also is the co-founder, with Tim Houlihan, of the Behavioral Grooves podcast, where they interview leading academic and business executives from around the world and explore how they apply behavioral science to their work and lives. All his work focuses on understanding ways to positively influence how people behave. Kurt has his MBA from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University.
On His Bookshelf
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
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