Posts Categorized: Today’s research

There is no such thing as a rational decision

Another neuroscientific nail has been hammered into the coffin of rational decision making. Researchers at Oxford University have been studying what is called prediction error to show that we do not base our estimates of the likely outcome of any decision based on facts.… [read more]

Can our genes be “turned on or off”?

For a long time we have been interested in the way that relationship experience can affect the way a person’s genes express themselves. Daniel Golman wrote about this in his book “Social Intelligence.”

Now a new study has revealed the precise mechanism of how so-called “soft genes” can be influenced by the behavior of others and by particular circumstances.… [read more]

Addicted to mobile devices

A great article in the journal of the Wharton Business School newsletter details the addictive nature of Blackberries, iPhones etc and shows how they actually reduce productivity rather than increase it.

One of the interesting quotes from the article is by Prof.… [read more]

Job insecurity linked to heart disease

A study printed in the Spanish Journal of Psychology reinforces the well-known fact that fear of job loss reduces commitment, satisfaction with work and life, and therefore productivity. The study finds that this holds true of all workers—blue collar, white collar or professional (though each group reacts to insecurity differently)—and all types of workers—contract, permanent, part time or full time, male or female.… [read more]

Why culture is key to competitive advantage

This is an interesting article from Forbes Magazine with some nice language. Main point: culture is the only truly competitive advantage. We certainly agree with that.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgebradt/2012/02/08/corporate-culture-the-only-truly-sustainable-competitive-advantage/

Older, wiser… and happier?

This article from the Consumer Research Journal is interesting in that it equates our concept of happiness with age. It is important not just for marketers, but also for recruiters and company executives aiming to create a “happy” workplace (happiness has been shown to be a great influencer of productivity).… [read more]

Being left or right handed influences the decisions we make

Yet more research on the irrationality of decision making comes in this piece on the relationship between handedness and decision making. Very important for marketing, sales and persuasion techniques.

Source: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/different-bodies-different-minds.html… [read more]