Barry Schwartz is an American psychologist. He is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College.
Where do you go when you have to come up with a creative idea? The shower is a favorite spot. And a lot of people like to sit in silence for inspiration. However, there is another place you might want to try that seems to be even better in helping people generate creative ideas. This episode begins by revealing this surprising location which is probably just down the street from you. When you ask people why they go to work every day, many of them will likely say it is for the money. While that is true for some, it is not true for most people according to Barry Schwartz, a professor at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and author of the book Why We Work ( Listen as he explains why it is that people find a lot more value in work than a paycheck – even if they don’t realize it. And how organizing your work in certain ways can make it far more rewarding.If it feels natural to stay up late – you are probably a genuine night owl. Scientists have proven there are difference in the brain between night owls and those who are not. Those difference are both good news and bad news for night owls and I will explain exactly why. is hard to imagine that simply sitting down to dinner could be a life-threatening experience. But in the late 1800s it really was in many parts of the U.S. Listen as I speak with Pulitzer prize winning author Deborah Blum who reveals how eating store bought food back then made a lot of people sick and many died. What is so fascinating is there was noting illegal about it. There was no crime. Deborah reveals how this happened and how one man made a huge difference in changing the rules of food safety – and as a result may be one reason you are alive today! Deborah is author of the book The Poison Squad ( Week’s Sponsors-Native Deodorant. For 20% of your first purchase go to and use promo code SYSK-LinkedIn. For $50 off you first job post, go to–Airbnb. To learn more about being an Airbnb host visit See how low your interest rate is at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Original broadcast date: November 15, 2013. What if truths we believe in are completely wrong? In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. Guests include writers Malcolm Gladwell, Jennifer 8. Lee and Leslie T. Chang, environmentalist Allan Savory, and psychologist Barry Schwartz.
Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace. Guests include entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan, psychologist Barry Schwartz, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, and tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley. (Original broadcast date: October 2, 2015).
There are some truths that we believe in wholeheartedly — but what if we’re completely wrong? Once we separate fact from fiction, how do our perceptions change?  In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true. Author Malcolm Gladwell reveals an alternative account of David and Goliath that flips the story on its head. Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the actual origins of Chinese-American food. Ecologist Allan Savory counters everything conventional wisdom tells us about how grasslands lose their life to desertification. Reporter Leslie T. Chang debunks how we assume Chinese factory workers feel. Psychologist Barry Schwartz says having more options doesn't make us happier — it actually paralyzes us.
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Aug 15th, 1946
Philadelphia, PA, USA
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2 hours, 32 minutes
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