A lot of the studies seem to based around a college campus, it would have been nice to get just a tiny bit more variety. I also wasn't a fan of the narrators voice in this particular audio book. Otherwise the facts are solid and the points very clear.
As a clinically trained psychologist, I have long enjoyed the written and
podcasted works of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt in their regular
presentations of Freakonomics. Filled with folksy anecdotes and
illustrations of principles of behavioral economics, their work is highly
digestible, often humorous and always thought provoking. Dr. Ariely's book,
Irrational Predictability continues in that tradition. What I like most
about all of the works of Ariely and some of the works of Dubner and Levitt
are the methodological descriptions of the social science research that
often leads to counterintuitive findings/conclusions about human behavior.
None of the digestibility, humor or thought provoking character is lost but
clear connections are made between hypotheses, method, results, conclusions
and even limits to generalizability. This is a very well written and
narrated book of interest to anyone with a curiosity about why we do the
seemingly illogical things that we do.
I found this book far more fascinating than I thought I would. Behavioural economics is such an interesting topic! I've watched a couple of Dan Ariely's videos before and this just took the whole topic to another level. Social and market norms, dishonesty, etc. Fascinating.
I discovered that I'm a lot more rational than I thought but I still fall into some irrational traps.
This book offers not often found true utility. Great introduction to the field of behavioral economics.Outstanding performance.
Concepts are well explained
Not padded out with redundant descriptions
Facts closely support other books and research
Not a problem, but the British narrator's voice seemed to conflict with anecdotes of childhood in U.S.
Well worth the investment