What is Behavioral Psychology?

Let's define behavioral psychology. Behavioral psychology is the study of the connection between our minds and our behavior. Sometimes you will hear behavioral psychology referred to as behaviorism. The researchers and scientists who study behavioral psychology are trying to understand why we behave the way we do and they are concerned with discovering patterns in our actions and behaviors. The hope is that if we can use behavioral psychology to help us predict how humans will behave, we can build better habits as individuals, create better products as companies, and develop better living spaces as communities.

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Best Behavioral Psychology Books

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More Behavioral Psychology Examples

Let's talk about how to apply behavioral psychology to your daily life. In each of the articles below, I break down some behavioral psychology research and share practical ways to put it to use in our daily lives.

Looking for more articles explaining how to apply behavioral psychology principles in practical ways? I have a full list at the bottom of this page.

All Behavioral Psychology Articles

This is a complete list of articles I have written on behavioral psychology. Enjoy!

Behavioral Psychology Research Studies

If you are interested in geeking out on the latest behavioral psychology research, then I recommend looking at studies from these top professors: Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, Daniel Kahneman, Ellen Langer, Kelly McGonigal, Richard Nesbitt, Lee Ross, and Richard Thaler.

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