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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Dan Ariely on the irrationalities of scholarly publishing

The MIT Libraries have released a 20-minute podcast of Dan Ariely speaking about the irrationalities of scholarly publishing.  From the blurb:

The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with Dan Ariely, now James B. Duke Professor of Behavioral Economics [at Duke University].

Professor Ariely recently published the best-selling book Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions, ...which...reports on his research showing that emotions, context, social norms, and related factors drive our decisions – and that we are irrational in predictable ways.

In the podcast, Professor Ariely speaks with us about how market and social norms intersect with authors’ decision-making in an evolving system of scholarly communication and publishing. He discusses reward systems, the importance of building an accessible community of knowledge, and the need to lower barriers for information sharing....