PODCAST: Culture, change, and the brain

Behavioral economist Melina Palmer on the psychology behind change and decision-making.

December 8, 2022

Bloomberg listed “behavioral scientist” as the top job of this decade because it’s so important to understanding human behavior as it relates to our daily habits, 99% of which are unconscious.

The discipline combines the best of economics, psychology, and neuroscience. 

In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, behavioral economist and author Melina Palmer provides us with a new understanding of behavioral science and economics. More importantly, she explains how we can use behavioral science to improve our organizations and our day-to-day lives. 

Palmer recently released her second book, “What Your Employees Need and Can’t Tell You: Adapting to Change with the Science of Behavioral Economics.” 

In addition to running The Brainy Business, where she serves as “chief behavioral officer,” Palmer hosts The Brainy Business Podcast.

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In this episode:

1:44: Melina’s credit union background

5:10: Behavioral economics and psychology

8:05: The conscious and unconscious mind

13:22: Priming and popcorn

20:15: Relationships and memories

26:01: Advice for leaders