The Financial Planner Schema

What is a swim meet? Maybe you’ve never been to one, but I’ll bet that you have a concept in your head for what a swim meet is like. It may not be accurate or have been created from any direct experience, but you have some idea, or schema, for what a swim meet includes and[…]

Fundamental Attribution Error

Our latest financial psychology term describes how we can sometimes fall prey to errors in decision-making about others. The American Psychological Association defines fundamental attribution error this way: the tendency to overestimate the degree to which an individual’s behavior is determined by his or her abiding personal characteristics, attitudes, or beliefs and, correspondingly, to minimize the[…]

Altruism and Aging: Are We Getting Nicer With Age?

Article Title: Aging and Altruism: A Meta-Analysis Publication: Psychology and Aging Authors: Erika P. Sparrow, Liyana T. Swirsky, Farrah Kudus, and Julia Spaniol Older = More Altruistic? Previous research and theories related to altruism and aging have suggested that most of us become more selfless and “nicer” as we age. Altruism is generally defined as a tendency[…]

Stock Market Simulation Study: “Self-Directed” Men Win?

Article Title: Predicting Stock Market Performance: The Influence of Gender and Personality on Financial Decision Making Publication: Journal of Individual Differences (2021) Authors: Thomas Plieger, Thomas Grunhage, Eilish Duke, Martin Reuter Reviewer: Sean Bogart Examining Risk-Taking: Beyond Self-Report Studies A large amount of research assessing investor risk-taking has shown the presence of several factors that[…]

What are money attitudes?

What Are Money Attitudes?

Each of us reacts to money and money-related topics on a scale from negative to neutral to positive. Money attitudes are not perfect predictors of financial behaviors. However, how we feel about areas like budgeting, spending, and investing can and does impact our financial goals. Indeed, our attitudes can affect the entire financial planning process,[…]