Collaboration as an effective strategy.

One of the key theoretical problems in devising a model which will help bring people together is to resolve the issue of the “Tragedy of the Commons.”

This is a term used in social science to describe a situation in a shared-resource system (a team, a community, a business) where individual users acting according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good, depleting or spoiling that resource through their actions.… [read more]

Are clients becoming crazier?

By Dr Bob Murray

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine who is a practice leader in a major firm and he was telling me a horror story about one of his major clients.  Apparently the client had suddenly decided that his firm would no longer be able to do any work for the client’s company and that all matters that were then open had to be passed over to other firms for completion.… [read more]

Introducing you to you

There are hundreds of dating and introduction sites out there, even ones introducing lawyers to lawyers, but none that can introduce you to yourself.

Well, I want to correct that. As a behavioural neurogeneticist and a psychologist I may be the best one to affect the introduction.… [read more]

Social pursuits linked with increased life and work satisfaction.

If you want to give a little boost to your life satisfaction a year from now, try socially-focused strategies over strategies that involve nonsocial pursuits, according to research published the journal Psychological Science.

What the researchers say:  “Our research showed that people who came up with ‘well-being’ strategies that involved other people were more satisfied with their lives one year later—even after taking into account that they were marginally happier to begin with,” explains the lead author on the study.… [read more]

Maybe there are no adults in the room

An interesting study shows we may have to rethink our whole concept of childhood and adulthood.

What the researchers say: The value of adulthood as a period of certainty has declined for many, which means that this period is being delayed and adults are preserving signs of infantilism, the researchers behind the new study argue.… [read more]

How other people affect our interpersonal space.

Much has been written lately in academic journals (although less so in the popular press) about the human need for “defensive space.” Broadly defined it’s the space around you that you feel you have some control over. It’s a concept, primarily used in town planning, that is gradually creeping into the design and lay-out of office space and other work environments.… [read more]

Popular ‘growth mindset’ interventions aren’t very effective.

For some time, Alicia and I have argued that the standard tests and surveys for what is known as the “growth mindset” were based on dodgy science. We have preferred the idea of the “cycle of change” to explain how you can get a person to adopt a more positive approach to a particular challenge or on-going learning.… [read more]

Our brains are obsessed with being social

New research demonstrates how our brains consolidate new social information—even during rest.

Our brains are obsessed with being social even when we’re not in social situations. The study, published in Cerebral Cortex, finds that the brain may engage in social encoding (learning from a recent social situation) even when it’s at rest.… [read more]