Posts Categorized: Today’s research

How people use, and lose, preexisting biases.

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]

The glass ceiling: Three reasons why it still exists and is hurting the economy.

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New research, as yet unpublished, from the Chicago Booth Business School finds while there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that sexism has prevented many talented women from achieving their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]

It’s okay when you’re not okay: A re-evaluation of resilience in adults.

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]

High status-signaling deters new friendships

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]

Collaborate electronically, but only intermittently.

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]

The value of pride

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]

Lynchings of the past affect health today

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]

Lead or follow: What sets leaders apart?

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]