Applying insights from psychological science to help us improve the decisions we make in life and at work
Outsmarting Human Minds (OHM) was created by a grant from PwC to Harvard University. OHM offers learning modules for the broader public, in the form of podcasts and videos, to showcase the science of how human minds work and shape the decisions we make in the workplace and in life, more generally. Watch the videos. Listen to the podcasts. Start conversations about how to outsmart your mind!
400 years ago, we began to explore the universe with simple tools, and it challenged our beliefs about our place in the universe. Are investigations of the universe inside our minds any different? An introduction by OHM Founder, Professor Mahzarin Banaji.
Our faces broadcast information about us: whether we’re smart, warm, trustworthy. How do these signals affect decision-making — and are they accurate? Psychologist Alexander Todorov discusses the science behind face value.
Humans help each other all the time. So what’s wrong with helping?
Expectations help us quickly navigate our world. Yet they can also keep us from the simple solutions, talent, and opportunities that are right in front of us.
We work out, then pig out. We donate to charity, then indulge in retail therapy. Does this also happen with our good deeds? How can we avoid bringing our moral scorecards to the workplace?
You perform well at work one day, but not the next. One person sees you as “warm,” another as “cold.” Maybe it’s you — but there is another possibility: that a belief in one person’s mind can shape another person’s behavior.
We overvalue the things we own. It’s fine if it’s a family keepsake or memento — but how does this influence decisions we make about our homes and investments, and more?
40 years ago, memory researchers showed us that amnesiacs could form new memories...implicitly. This sparked an ongoing revolution in research on the hidden mind: how it learns, how it influences us, and how it can be measured and changed.
The Implicit Association Test (IAT), administered by Project Implicit®, is a test of mental association. Project Implicit offers opportunities for education about how our minds represent social groups in society: attitudes and stereotypes about age, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, and more. Millions of tests have been taken by people around the world. Use it for personal reflection. Use it to improve your decisions.
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“At PwC, we are committed to creating leaders who act with integrity and make a difference in the world. Investing in tools to help us be introspective and mindful of our unconscious biases is one step we are taking to support our people in working better with others and to achieve their full potential.”
Download the PwC discussion guide to start conversations about how you can outsmart your mind.