Martina Raue Talks to New York Magazine's The Cut About Social Comparison Research

Martina Raue Talks to New York Magazine's The Cut About Social Comparison Research

AgeLab Postdoctoral Associate Martina Raue is interviewed in New York Magazine's The Cut about her research on social comparisons and savings behavior:

“We engage in upward social comparison all the time, but it’s usually an unconscious process,” says Martina Raue, a psychologist who studies decision-making at MIT. “Therefore, we usually don’t use it as a tool.”

But what if we could? That’s what Raue wanted to explore in a recent study where she told participants how their savings measured up to their peers. The results were interesting: When participants learned that their savings lagged behind that of other people similar to them, they decided to save more.

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