Getting Started in Pique

We’re so glad we piqued your interest! 

First off, you might be wondering, who are we? 

The short answer is that we’re a team of behavioral scientists (and behavioral science fans!) who have turned some of our favorite books into activities. We created this app to help you learn and try out research-backed concepts for improving your life.

Since it can be tricky to start something new, we wanted to let you know the best ways to use Pique! Here are some of our favorite tips:

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Set a time to use Pique! ⏰ When you want to receive the full benefits of a healthy habit, like going to the gym or brushing your teeth, you make time for them. Like “after work” or “as soon as I start moving for the day.” You should also set a time to Pique! If you’ve got five minutes, that’s enough time to Pique. Wondering what times might be good for you? We’ve got some suggestions.

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Find books that speak to you! 📚We have books on tons of different subjects and you can even search specific phrases in our Discover tab. Regardless of what book you choose to read do, we’ll keep it interesting by injecting humor throughout. Want a top-level synopsis of some of our best books? Check out overviews of our favorites here!

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Repeat the best activities! 🔁 Keep lessons top-of-mind by reminding yourself what you learned with Repeatables! Find activities you’ll want to do again and again in the Discover tab under Repeatables. Want to know more about the science behind Repeatables? We’d love to tell you all about it!

Looking for more Pique tips? 📱You’ll have to turn to the app to find out more! Because as fun as our blog is, the magic is in the app. 

So head on over to the iOS or Google Play App Store to get started!

Learn More About The Books In Pique

Every book is an opportunity to learn something new. And, in Pique, every book is an opportunity to read do something different too. Here are book summaries of some of our favorites from the app and what you can expect to do and learn in them:

Want to set goals that excite you, rather than haunt you? You’ve got to experience Get It Done! University of Chicago professor Ayelet Fishbach myth busts and helps you apply motivational science to your own life.

Want to learn the newest concepts from Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, Cass R. Sunstein, and Olivier Sibony? Their book Noise will help you learn about an often unrecognized bias in decision-making and how you can minimize it to improve your own decision-making processes.

Wondering how to challenge your own bias so you can push yourself to become a better person? Check out The Person You Mean To Be by Dolly Chugh! She shares some of her own examples of growth and provides tools on how to continue to push yourself beyond the fear of not being perceived as a “good person” to actually become a better person.

Trying to make a change in your life? Whether the change you want to make is big or small, you can equip yourself with tools to conquer it from behavioral change expert Katy Milkman in How To Change.

Feeling short on time and need some science-backed tips on how to reclaim it? Check out Time Smart! Harvard School of Business Professor Ashley Whillans walks you through how to use a number of different means to take back time.

Feeling short on socialization, bandwidth, money, or anything else? Then you’re probably feeling the effects of scarcity. Learn more about the misconceptions around scarcity and how to prepare for it in Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir.

Feeling like you have too much clutter or too many commitments? Then you should learn more about the problem-solving solution that a lot of us overlook – subtraction. Leidy Klotz will teach you more about our culture of endless adding and what you can do in Subtract.

Want to know how money can buy happiness? That’s the subject of Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn and Mike Norton! And while they can’t make money less of a sore subject, they can help you use any extra funds you have left over after the essentials to prioritize happiness.

Want to learn what makes up a habit and how to set the stage for better ones? In Good Habits, Bad Habits, habit expert Wendy Wood myth busts common misconceptions around habits and walks you through exercises for adding new habits to your routine. 

Have a decision coming up? Poker Champion and behavioral scientist Annie Duke can help prepare you with decision-making tips you might be missing in How to Decide.

Want to challenge your perceptions of professionalism? Science shows that displaying humor at work can make co-workers and supervisors trust you more. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas can show you small ways to add humor to your day and enjoy the perks in Humor, Seriously.

We’re adding more great books to our app regularly. You can find these and future books by searching for topics under the Discover tab. 

So, what are you waiting for? Start reading doing!

The Best Times to Pick Up Pique

Want to learn? Then it’s the right time to use Pique!

It’s difficult to know when you’re going to be bitten by the learning bug though. That’s why it’s probably best to plan regular times to use Pique when you know your brain is generally feeling open and curious. So, probably not after the regularly frustrating phone call you have every Tuesday at 2pm.

In general, when we say “set a time to use Pique” we mean figure out what context you want to be in when you use Pique and make a plan to use it at those times.

You might reach for meditation apps when you feel stressed or mobile games when your brain absolutely can not take in any more information at all. The best time to reach for Pique is when you feel open to learning something new. By setting an intention for when you’ll use Pique, you can turn smarter reading, learning, and reflection into a habit! 

Why is it good to plug Pique into your plan? 

When we repeat certain behaviors over and over in regular contexts, like at the same time or in the same place, they start to become automatic. 

You might have done that with some behaviors you’d like to stop, like picking up your phone to check social media as soon as you wake up. This phenomenon isn’t limited to tendencies that the algorithm wants you to make into a habit though. 

You can make helpful behaviors automatic too. We might be biased, but we’re pretty sure that making a habit of using Pique to take your reading one step further is a positive thing. Because of that, we recommend slotting us into your daily or weekly routines for regular learning!

Times successful people read do books in Pique:

  • On your commute
  • With your morning cup of joe
  • Before bed
  • After putting the kids to bed, in the 5 minutes of euphoria you have before your brain shuts down
  • Every Saturday
  • In between Zoom calls
  • On your lunch break
  • After finishing Ozark
  • While waiting for the frying pan to heat up
  • When you would otherwise refresh your email waiting for a response
  • When you find yourself falling prey to the siren song of social media
  • Every time you see a lightbulb flicker
  • At 2:55pm – we’re not sure why, it’s just a great time

That being said, it’s good to be flexible too. 

Science says that the best way to make a habit stick is to be flexible while you’re setting it. We all stumble at the beginning stages of setting habits and if you’re too rigid, you’ll force yourself all the way back to the starting block. 

Planned to turn to Pique before work, but then woke up groggy with no extra time? That’s okay! Take a spin through the app on your lunch break. It’s better to continue at an off-time than not at all. If and when you miss the timeslot you originally planned, you can always turn to Pique at another time. Pique is in your phone whenever you can to return to it!

Regardless of what time you turn to Pique, there are so many great books in the app for you to choose from. If you’ve got 5 minutes in between calls or in a waiting room, that’s enough time to pick up and Pique! 

P.S. Got less time but still want to do something productive? We recommend flipping through your flashcards!

We Recommend A Daily Diet of Pique Activities

One way to incorporate your Pique knowledge into your routine? Repeat your favorite activities!

Why repeat activities in Pique?

The forgetting curve shows us that if you don’t make attempts to retain information by returning to it or applying it to your life, you’re more likely to forget it. Your brain remembers information by making numerous connection points with it. The more connections, the longer you’re likely to remember something.

Simply put, you have to practice what you’ve learned more than once to make it stick.

If you’ve ever done one day of a new writing habit, exercise routine, or eating an appropriate amount of vegetables in a day, you know this. Keeping with a routine is the tricky part. And if you fall off a habit, there are rarely gentle prompts to return besides your desk, stationary bike, or wilted spinach mocking you.

That’s why we created Repeatables. 

After completing an experience, like our Time Smart experience on Tech Habits, you’ll unlock the “repeatable” version of it. After a quick reminder on the topic, the repeatable jumps right into the activity. For our Tech Habits experience, this means immediately scheduling some tech-free time and setting your intention for how you’ll spend it. All the good stuff, right away, whenever you want to repeat it.

With Repeatables, those insights that tickled your brain so much can stay top-of-mind. You’ll apply them to your life again and again, allowing you to continue to establish the research-backed habits of your dreams.

And if you forget?

If your routine falls off, as many of ours do when life gets busy and complicated, we’ll periodically remind you to come back and repeat the exercises that you haven’t done in a while. In fact, even if you continue returning, we’ll remind you. If you have notifications turned on, we’ll send a reminder when it’s time for you to take a spin through the activity again. 

This way, you can continue to apply this science long after you first hear about it in the original experience.

That’s smarter reading and smarter living.

Get Fast Facts with Flashcards

Pique is chock full of behavioral science fun facts. 

Each experience is built around at least one scientific finding which you can whip out at any time to impress your friends and astound your enemies. On top of that, during each experience, you come away with your own associations and reflections on the topic.

But how can you remember all the great insights from the app?

Now introducing Flashcards! 

With Flashcards, you can quickly flip through the science and reflections from experiences you’ve completed. And you can access these quick reminders anytime on your home screen by tapping the Flashcards icon.

This means you can quickly freshen up on your learning while commuting, sitting in the waiting room of the vet, or even waiting in line for the bathroom at a party!

Why flip through Flashcards?

Your brain remembers information by making numerous connection points with it. The more connections, the longer you’re likely to remember something. You’ve already started to build connections to this science by completing the activity and reflecting on how to apply the science in your life.

By continuing to remind yourself of the science and your reflections on it, you can turn fun facts into deeper learning and growth.

A different set each time you flip

Every time you pull up your Flashcards, you’ll be given a random draw of ten fast facts and reflections. Once you swipe through those ten, you can receive another ten or you can close out to go share the knowledge with others!

All of the science and ruminations for experiences you’ve completed will be available, so you can expect a new deck every time. And if you want more, you can continue to complete our ever-expanding catalog of books!

So head into the app, open Flashcards (on the Home tab), and see what draw you get!

Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein Want You To Turn Down That Noise

Have you ever asked a coworker how long one task would take and their answer is different every time, even when the task stays the same? Or a boss who was good with one time-off request and horrible about another? Or a parent who told you that you couldn’t go out on a Friday night, while the other told you that you could?

Then you’ve experienced noise! Noise is a difference in judgments where there should be sameness.

We see this all the time in teams and even within ourselves.

What’s the effect of noise in your day-to-day life?

Well, Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, professor of strategic decision-making Olivier Sibony, and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein are here to show you.

In their book, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, they’ll introduce you to the science behind why noise leads to inconsistent decisions and help you create plans to minimize it in your own life.

By doing the book in Pique, you’ll get to experience noise for yourself, by reflecting on it in your own life, and even seeing how it plays out in a number of activities. After dipping your toes into the research of this little-known flaw, you can read Noise to go a step further on minimizing noise in yourself and your organizations, as well as getting to read more of the fascinating, scientific methodology in the work of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and his collaborators.

What can you expect?

Instead of just reading about noise, in Pique, you’ll get to experience what noise feels like in yourself and chart a plan on how to minimize it in future decisions. 

One way you’ll do that? Experience the wisdom of the crowd.

Each one of us is noisy. But, it turns out that by polling a number of people with quantitative questions and averaging their guesses, you can eliminate noise and get relatively close to the truth.

In 1907, Francis Galton asked 787 fair attendees to guess the weight of an ox. While none of the individual villagers guessed the weight of the ox (which was 1198 pounds for the ox curious among us), the mean of their guesses was 1200, just two pounds off. The median was very close as well at 1207. 

If this surprises you, you’re not alone! Galton’s demonstration surprised him too! Despite his surprise, researchers have found the same result in hundreds of situations. As the authors of Noise note, “Whether people are asked to guess the number of jellybeans in a transparent jar, to predict the temperature in their city one week out, or to estimate the earnings per share (EPS) of various stocks, the median answer of a large number of people is likely to be close to the truth.”

In Pique, you’ll experience the wisdom of the crowd and consider how you might apply it to your own quantitative decision-making.

Feeling ready to turn down the Noise?

We all constantly make decisions. By being aware of noise, you can consciously work to minimize it in your own decision-making and the decision-making of others. Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass Sunstein will help you expand your knowledge of this profound psychological phenomenon and apply it to your life. 

Head into the app to get started!