From love and politics to health and finances, humans mostly make decisions that appear irrational, or dictated by an existing bias or belief. But a new study uncovers a surprisingly rational feature of the human brain: A previously held bias can be set aside so that the brain can apply logical reasoning to the decision at hand.… [read more]
Posts Categorized: Today’s research
CEOs who are paid less than their peers are four times more likely to engage in layoffs, according to new research.
The researchers behind this study sought to find out if CEO pay was related to layoff announcements made by CEOs.… [read more]
The glass ceiling, that invisible barrier to advancement that women face at the top levels of the workplace, remains as intractable as ever and is a drag on the economy.
New research, as yet unpublished, from the Chicago Booth Business School finds while there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that sexism has prevented many talented women from achieving their full potential at work, there are factors beyond gender discrimination in the workplace that are holding women back.… [read more]
Revised resilience research shows most people struggle and then recover after adversity.
Most previous research on how adults deal with major setbacks claimed the most common response is uninterrupted and stable psychological functioning, suggesting that most adults are essentially unfazed by adverse life events such as spousal loss or divorce.… [read more]
When it comes to making new friends, status symbols actually stop people making friends with us, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
What the researchers say: “Often times we think that status symbols—whether a luxury car like a BMW, a brand name purse like Prada, or an expensive watch like Rolex—will make us look more socially attractive to others,” says the lead researcher.… [read more]
The march toward always-on technology may hinder groups’ ability to solve complex problems, according to a just-published study.
More than a decade after the introduction of the first smartphone, we are now awash in always-on technologies–email, IM, social media, Slack, Yammer, and so on.… [read more]
A really interesting study claims that for many, ‘flexible work boundaries’ become ‘work without boundaries.’ This is something that, as regular readers of TR know, I have been banging on about for some time.
What the researchers say: Personal relationships and home life suffer for those tied to their work emails round-the-clock, they found.… [read more]
The intensity of pride people feel in a given act or trait is governed by what others value, according to a piece of really interesting research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
As a personality characteristic, pride gets a pretty bad rap.… [read more]
A great deal of recent research has shown that experiences that one’s parents, grandparents and even great-great-great grandparents had have altered the DNA of people alive today. Obvious examples are the great potato famine in Ireland, the Holocaust and the Great Depression of the ‘30s.… [read more]
According to the latest research it’s that they are more willing to take responsibility for making decisions that affect the welfare of others.
What the researchers say: In a new study, in the journal Science, researchers identified the cognitive and neurobiological processes that influence whether someone is more likely to take on leadership or to delegate decision-making.… [read more]