Men more willing to punish to get ahead

Which is the more cooperative gender? Much has been speculated, but little research has been done on this topic. As a behavioral neurogeneticist my guess would be females because they have more relationship-building capacity than males. But as the rule says: never assume.… [read more]

Education, not income, the best predictor of a long life

Sometimes a study in a seemingly unrelated field can throw an interesting light on our working lives. This study is one of those.

Rising income and the subsequent improved standards of living have long been thought to be the most important factors contributing to a long and healthy life.… [read more]

Workplace anxiety isn’t always a bad thing

Workplace anxiety isn’t always a bad thing, according to a new study. The research, on anxiety in the workplace, has uncovered some intriguing findings: in some instances anxiety and stress can help boost employee performance.

“There are a lot of theories and models of anxiety that exist, but this is the first model situated in the workplace focusing on employees,” says the co-author.… [read more]

Even minor stress linked witill- health a decade later

People whose negative emotional responses to stress carry over to the following day are more likely to report health problems and physical limitations later in life compared with peers who are able to “let it go,” according to findings published in Psychological Science.… [read more]

The emotions we feel may shape what we see.

Our emotional state in a given moment may influence what we see, according to findings published in Psychological Science. To prove the point researchers found in two experiments that participants saw a neutral face as smiling more when it was paired with an unseen positive image.… [read more]

We’ll pay more for unhealthy foods we crave.

And while we’re on the subject of human design specs a new study shows how our genetic craving for one kind of food can make us prey to those who would hook us on unhealthy stuff.  In fact, the study shows we’ll pay more for unhealthy foods we crave when that craving hits.… [read more]

Class clowns: Playful boys viewed more negatively than playful girls.

Some things in life just aren’t fair. In many ways education—especially the way it’s designed currently—is unfair to boys. This was brought home, yet again, in a study published this week.

The new study confirms that there are gender differences in how teachers perceive playfulness–and provides insights into the potentially damaging effects of discouraging playful behavior in the classroom.… [read more]

People use emotion to persuade, even when it could backfire.

We intuitively use more emotional language to enhance our powers of persuasion, according to research published in Psychological Science. The research shows that people tend to use appeals that aren’t simply more positive or negative but are infused with emotionality, even when they’re trying to sway an audience that may not be receptive to such language.… [read more]