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Psychology Today: 3 Creative Ways to Deal with a Bad Boss – August 1, 2023

Alliance for Decision Education podcast: The Science of Changing Course with Dr. Jennifer Lerner – July 6, 2022

The Harvard Gazette: What’s a little envy between friends? – March 31, 2022

Science: As COVID-19 soars in many communities, schools attempt to find ways through the crisis – November 18, 2020

The Wall Street Journal: How Covid-19 May Be Unconsciously Affecting Your Financial Decisions – October 18, 2020

The Washington Post: We can reopen schools–if we’re willing to rethink how they operate – July 13, 2020

Psychiatric Annals: Sadness and Adapting in the Time of COVID-19 – July 3, 2020

CNN: Empathy is both a trait and a skill. Here’s how to strengthen it – June 24, 2020

The Washington Post: It’s an angry time, but it can also be energizing – June 20, 2020

Knowable Magazine: How we make decisions during a pandemic – May 26, 2020

Science News: How fear and anger change our perception of coronavirus risk – May 14, 2020

The New York Times: How Fear Distorts Our Thinking About the Coronavirus – February 11, 2020

Harvard Kennedy School: Harvard researchers help explain link between emotion and addictive substance use – January 9, 2020

It’s All Just a Bunch of B(ehavioral) S(cience) podcast: It’s Time to Talk About Our Feelings – December 2, 2019

Thrive Global: Exactly How to Make a Tough Decision Easier and Less Stressful – July 11, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School Magazine: The Decision Scientist – April 16, 2019

Washington Examiner: Why we don’t have the leaders we want – March 22, 2019

Office Hours podcast: Jennifer Lerner on Decision Science, Leadership, and the Sunk Cost Bias – March 12, 2019

The Irish Times: Anger as a market force – June 12, 2018

BBC Capital: How to fake a shopping buzz without spending any money – July 3, 2017

The Sydney Morning Herald: Tony Abbot: ready for round two in the fight for PM – July 1, 2017

Interview on PBS NewsHour: “Gender on the Job” – May 25, 2017

PBS NewsHour: Anger or fear: which is worse? – May 24, 2017

The Mandarin: Stressed at work? Maybe you’re lacking control – March 7, 2017

Education Week: Here’s What Works for Teacher Accountability. January 24, 2017

Scientific American: How to Be a Better Spender – January 1, 2017

Mathematica Policy Research: Accountability in Schools Must Extend Beyond Test Scores, Study Says – October 17, 2016

Scientific American: Pay for Success: How “Impact Investing” Can Make Government Services Better – October 6, 2016

Interview on WGBH News, bringing science to bear on the question of “Voter Stress Syndrome” [12:07-18:49] – September 26, 2016

The Atlantic: The Best Headspace for Making Decisions – September 19, 2016

The New York Post: Abandoning social media? Just ghost – August 9, 2016

Forbes: Should You Trust Your Gut When Sizing People Up? New Research Says Definitely Not – July 29, 2016

New York Magazine: When It Comes to Empathy, Your Gut May Be Failling You – July 27, 2016

Yibada: When it Comes to Empathy, Trust your Brain not your Intuition – July 24, 2016

Medical XPress: When it comes to empathy, don’t always trust your gut – July 22, 2016

Harvard Business Review: When Transparency Backfires, and How to Prevent It – July 21, 2016

Harvard Kennedy School: Lerner Named to Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel – June 16, 2016

Washington Post: Why Terrorist Attacks Might Not Help Trump – June 15, 2016

Emotion Researcher: How Cognition Became Hot: Emotions, Decisions and Policy Making – May 2016

The New York Times: Memos Play Central Role in Decision-Making at de Blasio’s City Hall – March 17, 2016

Vox: What journalists get wrong about social science: full responses – January 22, 2016

NPR’s Hidden Brain: How Emotional Responses To Terrorism Shape Attitudes Toward Policies – December 22, 2015

The New York Times: The Power of Precise Predictions – October 2, 2015

HKS Serves 2015 – September 12, 2015

Harvard Kennedy School Magazine: Your Body Chemistry and Professional Status – August 25, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: What’s the saddest movie scene? Research says answer may be in ‘The Champ’ – August 10, 2015

Harvard Kennedy School Magazine: Jennifer Lerner on Emotions and Decision Making – April 22, 2015

MarketWatch: How emotions affect money habits – March 13, 2015

PRI: Research shows your social networks affect your mood – and your decisions – January 13, 2015

WGBH Boston: Decisions are More Emotional than You Think – December 30, 2014

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study: Jennifer S. Lerner and Students Partner to Understand Emotions and Decision Making – November 14, 2014

Pacific Standard: Understanding Isil Messaging through Behavioral Science – September 17, 2014

MIT News: 3 Questions: Johannes Haushofer on the psychology of poverty – May 27, 2014

Huffington Post: Is Gratitude a Tool for Patience? – March 11, 2014

Radcliffe Magazine: Public Policy Meets Brain Science – January 16, 2014

Experts in Emotion Series; June Gruber, Yale University – May 24, 2013

Forbes: Harvard Researcher Prove Feeling Sad Makes Us Stupid With Money – November 21, 2012

The New York Times: It’s Easy To Be King – October 27, 2012

NPR: CEOs May Find It Lonely At The Top, But Not Stressful – September 26, 2012

Stanford News: More authority means less stress, say Stanford and Harvard psychologists – September 25, 2012

Harvard Gazette: Managing just fine – September 24, 2012

New Scientist: The yuck factor: The surprising power of disgust – July 14, 2012

Washington Post Op-Ed: “Why don’t Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum just quit?” – April 11, 2012

LiveScience: “Personal Question Leads Scientist to Academic Excellence” – September 1, 2011

Women’s Health Blog at the Women’s Center in Orlando: “Your bad traits may not be so bad after all” – August 29, 2011

Hindustan Times: “Private Lives, Public Secrets” – August 6, 2011

The New York Times: Matter Over Mind- April 20, 2011

PBS, NOVA: “Mind Over Money” – April 27, 2010

CBS News Sunday Morning: “Decisions, Decisions…” – April 26, 2010 “Why sadness is good for you” – November 13, 2009 “Famous faces can’t keep their mouths shut” – September 24, 2009

The Boston Globe: “Spotting a terrorist: Next-generation system for detecting suspects in public settings holds promise, sparks privacy concerns” – September 18, 2009

Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio: “Decoding the Science of Decision Making” – July 24, 2009

O, The Oprah Magazine: “6 Common Shopping Traps — How to Avoid Them” – July 1, 2009

The Wall Street Journal: “For Mother’s Day, Give Her Reins to the Portfolio” – May 9, 2009 “Locking in: Save a lot–or pay the price” – April 18, 2009

Center for Public Leadership: “Lunch Talk: ‘Leadership Decision Making’ with Professor Jennifer Lerner” – April 2, 2009

Greater Good Magazine: “Spent: New research explores why sadness makes us splurge” – March 1, 2009

TIME Magazine: “Feeling our way out of the recession” – January 29, 2009

John F. Kennedy School of Government Bulletin: “Science of Decisions: At the Kennedy School, the art of decision making is brought into the lab” – January, 2009

Newsweek: “How the Brain Regulates the Urge to Shop.” – December 5, 2008

London Evening Standard: “Feeling blue? Then forget retail therapy as you’ll make the wrong purchases” – February 8, 2008

Science for Peace and Security (SPS) – NATO – March 25, 2002

“There are probably 30 different errors and biases that even the smartest people fall victim to systematically. In the domain of national security, stakes are especially high and commanders know it. They want to set the highest possible standards. If we academics can improve the accuracy of risk perception by even 10 percent, for example, we can save lives.” – Jennifer Lerner, The Decision Scientist, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine

“What we find is that there are situations that affect all of us in similar ways, leading us to be biased, and that personality doesn’t matter in those cases. It’s not so much about finding people with the right personal characteristics as it is changing the judgment and decision context.” – Jennifer Lerner, Science of Decisions, Kennedy School Bulletin
“I wanted answers to questions that were important in my life…” – Jennifer Lerner, Personal Question Leads Scientist to Academic Excellence
“Sitting in the course sessions deepened the students’ knowledge of the field and demonstrated to them the many ways in which international leaders can make ready use of scientific research on judgment and decision making…” – Jennifer Lerner, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University: In The News
“Most of us believe our policy preferences are very well-formed beliefs that tie into our core, enduring values. What we find in our research, however, is that our policy preferences are very much shaped by the information that we are exposed to, especially information that is emotionally evocative.” – Jennifer Lerner on NPR’s Hidden Brain: “How Emotional Responses To Terrorism Shape Attitudes Toward Policies”