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Shtick to Business is available for pre-order on Amazon

I am pleased to announce that (unlike toilet paper) my new book -Shtick to Business –  is available for pre-order on the Amazon. What do comedians know about killing it in business? Just ask a behavioral economist (i.e., me) who teaches MBAs by day and decodes comedy by night. Dr.

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Pitch Lab comes to the Leeds School of Business

The robots are coming. With that in mind, I have been incorporating communication, creativity, and charisma lessons into my marketing management course. Students are going to need those skills during the fourth industrial revolution. The Leeds School recently covered a comedy-inspired “pitch lab” that I recently hosted.  Here is an

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Leeds Business Insights comes to Denver (11/7)

Quick post: Last chance to RSVP for Leeds Business Insights event down in Denver tomorrow night (11/17/2017). Innovative research for real-world impact Leeds Business Insights is a series of speaking and networking engagements featuring today’s groundbreaking research that shapes tomorrow’s workplace. Come engage with your fellow alumni and our world-renowned faculty

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A note from a comedian

I occasionally receive emails from (real) people commenting on the benign violation theory. Sometimes the message is critical. And sometimes complimentary. I received this message from a comedian (who asked to remain anonymous). It’s a thoughtful take connecting the theory to comedy: Dear Dr. McGraw — What interests me most

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Creative PhD students

I am teaching a PhD seminar on consumer and managerial decision making. I have a schedule conflict with an upcoming class. So, I asked the students to come up with a useful way to spend that time (until I can get the class rescheduled). Their first suggestion was to engage

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Life in a simulation.

Last week, I invited you to consider if you are living in a simulation.  I finished the post by asking: If you were living in a simulation, would you live your life differently? For me, that is a tough question to answer. My first reaction is that a simulated life

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Are you living in a simulation?

Philosopher Nick Bostrom wrote a paper that makes a fascinating suggestion: You could be living in a simulation. ABSTRACT. This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization

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Dads, please keep telling dad jokes (NPR story)

Happy Father’s Day. One of the nice things about doing humor research is that I get to do fun interviews with fancy media outlets, such as NPR. They called this week to talk about dad jokes. FULL ARTICLE. There is a tendency to make fun of dads and their jokes.

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Podcast - I'm Not Joking

Curtain Call

  Welcome to the final episode of I’M NOT JOKING. Comedian JD Lopez returns from Episode 1 to debrief and reflect on Peter’s experience building

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