Notes regarding "The Honest Truth about Dishonesty" by Dan Ariely

I've recently listened to (and subsequently bought the Kindle version of Dan Ariely's great book "The Honest truth about Dishonesty" 

I have high praise for the audio book as I really appreciated the interviews included as extra chapters. Dan shares some of his curiosity and the people that are defining and researching various portions of how we interpret and interact with the world around us. 

Observations while listening:

  1. We deceive yourselves. No surprise here, it's actually part of the title. There is also an interview at the end of the audio book with the researcher cited. Knowing this gives hope that we can change our behavior. 
  2. I would like to track down a hand full of what I consider to be frequently quoted studies and research. There were several occasions when I questioned the conclusions drawn by the actual studies. With as much as we are discovering about "seeding" and subliminal manipulation of behavior with methods such as priming, maintaining an unpolluted research environment seems difficult. 
  3. I'm constantly reminded of the observer effect when dealing with studies based on self perception and self reporting. 
  4. What does Dan think about some of the new commercially available brain monitoring Internet of Things (IOT) devices? (NPR had a session on a new app for aiding in the study of Happiness. It alerts throughout the day, and you answer a short survey. (Self reporting again.)