It’s the time of year for setting New Year’s resolutions. But how can you set goals that you will actually achieve? Will you look back at the end of 2022 and feel a sense of accomplishment? The first step to reaching your goals is actually knowing how to set yourself up to succeed. 

In this fun Grooving Session with Kurt and Tim, they break down the steps needed to create motivating goals in 2022. Using insights from past guests, plus their own expertise in behavioral science, Kurt and Tim break down the skills behind successful goal setting. In addition, they dispel some ill-advised myths. Think willpower is enough to help you lose weight? Sorry, but creating healthy habits takes more than just good intentions. 

If you want to better your health, your relationships or your organization in 2022, listening to this fun and informative episode will start you off on the path to success. 


Gary Latham PhD, Episode 147: Goal Setting, Prompts, Priming, and Skepticism:

Katy Milkman PhD, Episode 232: How to Make Healthy Habits that Actually Last:

Roy Baumeister PhD, Episode 171: Self Control, Belonging, and Why Your Most Dedicated Employees Are the Ones To Watch Out For:

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What a year for books 2021 has been! It seems like authors, editors and publishers have all been working overtime this year to bring us some incredible new content. Books that have challenged our beliefs, calmed our anxieties and transformed our habits. 

To help us with the mammoth job of summarizing the best behavioral science books from 2021, we are joined by the incredible Louise Ward, who has read over 100 books this year! Louise is the co-host of the Behavioural Science Club, a LinkedIn group established in June 2020 now with over 5,000 members. If you haven’t yet joined the club, you definitely should. Today. Alongside co-host Prakash Sharma, the Behavioural Science Club interviews top authors each week about fascinating new insights in human behavior.

In our discussion with Louise, we noticed some trends among our favorite books. One is that we are moving past the presumption that humans are flawed and irrational. Books such as Useful Delusions and Nudge focus instead on the evolutionary usefulness of our biases and heuristics. In addition, we loved that after reading books on heavy topics such as suffering (The Sweet Spot), racial inequalities (The Person You Mean to Be) or conspiracy theories (How to Talk to a Science Denier), we were still left with a feeling of hope and optimism.

And if you’re new to behavioral science and wondering how to get started or underestimating the impact you can make as an individual, there was an empowering theme to this year’s books too. Dive into You Have More Influence Than You Think to recognize how you can make an impact on people, You’re Invited to reflect on the connections you make in your life or Non Obvious Megatrends to start noticing more of the world around you. 

We would LOVE to hear your favorite books of 2021. Did your favorites overlap with ours? Please send us an email at, or connect with us on social media with your top reads of the year.

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Our Favorite Books of 2021



  • The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, by Dolly Chugh:
  • Anxiety at Work: 8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done, by Chester Elton And Adrian Gostick:
  • Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain, by Shankar Vedantam and Bill Mesler:
  • The Unconscious: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications, by Joel Weinberger: 
  • How to Not Die Alone: The Surprising Science That Will Help You Find Love, by Logan Ury:
  • Non Obvious Megatrends: How to See What Others Miss and Predict the Future, by Rohit Bhargava: 


 A couple of non-2021 favorites: 

  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert Sapolsky: (Kurt)
  • The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health--and How We Must Adapt, by Sinan Aral: (Louise)

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Applying Behavioral Science insights at work takes more than just another checklist or document, it’s about creating an environment that enables people to make good decisions. Torben Emmerling specializes in innovative, evidence-based strategies for behavior change. We discuss with him the nuances that differentiate applied behavioral science from academic behavioral science. 

As a consultant for both private and public organizations, Torben doesn’t focus on a specific industry. Instead, he's a human behavior expert. What motivates people and what prompts individuals to change their behavior can be applied in any industry. For example, the same contextual factors that make us forget to buy milk on the way home from work, can be applicable in organizational decisions and performance.

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Torben and if you do, please leave a short review of our podcast. Reading your comments, never fails to put a smile on our faces!


(4:44) Welcome to Torben Emmerling and speed round.

(8:59) How behavioral science can be used to help people save energy. 

(14:34) Why applied behavioral science can be very different than academic behavioral science.

(16:42) How Torben’s work uses applied behavioral science.

(18:33) Behavioral science tools aren’t industry specific.

(21:53) Why behavioral science needs to be more than just checklists and documents.

(27:16) What the airline industry can teach us about reflecting on errors.

(29:45) The importance of creating psychological safety at work.

(31:48) How organizations have used behavioral science to manage remote working during COVID-19.

(36:34) What is on Torben’s playlist? 

(39:07) Grooving Session with Kurt and Tim discussing how to apply Torben’s insights.

© 2021 Behavioral Grooves


Opinion Science Podcast: 

Winter Camp 2022: 

Torben Emmerling:

Daniel Kahneman: 

5 Behavioral Biases That Trip Up Remote Managers”: 

Episode 170, “Seven Questions to Assess the Psychological Safety of Your Teams with Susan Hunt Stevens”:

Peak-end rule: 

Rory Sutherland, “Transport for Humans”: 

Episode 107, Rory Sutherland “The Opposite of a Good Idea is a Good Idea”:

Musical Links

Nas, “Nas is Like”: 

The Black Keys, “Howlin' For You”: 

Where and how we listened to music shifted during the pandemic. But the music industry itself had to quickly adapt in 2020 to how music was recorded and produced. Our very musical conversation with guest Mark Thorley delves into the changes that COVID brought to remote working and how people’s relationships with music have changed in recent months.

There is no greater joy for Tim than discussing music with our guests, and you can see from the musical links on this episode, that our conversation with Mark covers a multitude of musical genres! Our relaxed discussion with Mark swings off into many musical tangents and Mark even manages to turn his own speed round question back on Tim and Kurt. Listen in to find out which musical star they both would choose to have dinner with!

Mark has coined the phrase “remotivity” to embody the concept of working on music, whether it be recording or producing, in a remote setting. But this goes further than just having a working WiFi connection or a Zoom meeting set up. There are four key skills needed to work remotely in music; innovation, technical expertise, a fan base, and a unique selling point. We explore each of these four elements in detail with Mark. 


  •  Welcome and speed round.
  •  Hearing the same music at different stages can alter our listening experience. 
  •  How has the pandemic shifted how music is recorded and consumed? 
  •  Working from home has come full circle.
  •  The mental health toll of working from home.
  •  The 4 skills needed for working remotely in music.


Wally Heider: 

Rupert Neve: 

Rudy Van Gelder: 

Les Paul: 

Joe Meek:  

Episode 219: Why Music Makes You Feel Better with Pablo Ripollés and Ernest Mas Herrero:

Episode 82, Chris Matyszczyk: Listening to Music While You Work:

Musical Links

Kylie Minogue “I Should Be So Lucky”: 

Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing”: 

Madonna “Material Girl”: 

Quincy Jones “Summer in the City 1973”: 

Chicane “Hello, Goodbye”:  

James Brown “Get On Up”: 

Chuck Berry “Johnny B Goode”: 

Nina Simone “Feeling Good”: 

U2 “I Will Follow”: 

Ministry “Search and Destroy”: 

Charlie Mingus “Moanin’”: 

Echo and The BunnyMen “The Killing Men”: 

Steely Dan “More Than Just a Band”: 

UB40 “Red. Red Wine”: 

“The 1919 Influenza Blues”:  

Habit Weekly, a wonderful organization founded by Samuel Salzer, is asking people to weigh in on their favorite podcast by casting a vote at Kurt and Tim are asking for your vote since you (and lots of other people) voted for Behavioral Grooves in 2021 making it the Number One Behavioral Science Podcast in 2021. We’d like to maintain that spot in the upcoming year and all we need is your vote. 

It takes less than 10 seconds. 

With more than 260 episodes under our belt and listeners in more than 120 countries, we hope you find some things about Behavioral Grooves to be worth voting for. 

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In 2021, people started to trust business organizations more than governments, NGOs or the media, according to global research by the Edelman Trust Baraometer. The Covid pandemic has seen people around the globe question their trust in all forms of leadership. What impact does this have on business leaders? Can organizations rebuild trust? What are the building blocks of trust?

Sandra Sucher, co-author of “The Power of Trust: How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It” ( draws back the layers of what trust actually is, how to build it, how to maintain it through adversity, and most importantly, how to rebuild it when it’s been shattered.

Along with her co-author, Shalene Gupta, Sandra has devised the four key foundations of trust; competence, motives, means and impact. We ask Sandra about the significance of these steps, how they can be harnessed, as well as the impact on trust that Covid has had, specifically how vaccine mandates have affected it. Throughout our conversation and her book, Sandra illustrates her insights with a plethora of rich business examples. 

If you are a regular listener to Behavioral Grooves, you can become a special Behavioral Grooves Patreon member by donating to our work: And a particular thanks to some of our listeners who have recently left us glowing podcast reviews, we really appreciate them. We'd love it if more our listeners could take 2 minutes to write a short review of Behavioral Grooves. Thanks!


(3:03) Welcome and speed round question.

(5:00) Trust is limited.

(7:38) The 4 key elements of trust.

(13:09) Does forgiveness play a part in regaining trust?

(14:54) How trust can be preserved by an organization, even while laying people off - the Nokia example.

(25:30) How has the landscape of trust changed and what effect has the pandemic had on trust? 

(30:27) The link between lack of trust in government and vaccine hesitancy. 

(33:49) The trust implications of asking employees to get vaccinated.

(36:26) People actually trust a negative outcome, if they feel the process was fair.

(39:37) What makes a business a good place to be from?

(45:39) Grooving Session discussing what we’ve learnt from Sandra.

© 2021 Behavioral Grooves


Sandra Sucher, “The Power of Trust: How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It”: 

Esko Aho, Nokia: 

Amy Edmondson, Psychological Safety: 

Edelman Trust Barometer:

Shalene Gupta:  

Worried About the Great Resignation? Be a Good Company to Come From” by Sandra J. Sucher and Shalene Gupta: ttps:// 

Recruit Holdings in Japan: 

Episode 102, Cristina Bicchieri: Social Norms are Bundles of Expectations:

Musical Links

 Aretha Franklin “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”: 

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