Science can make your meetings better

Drawing from almost 200 scientific studies on workplace meetings, a team of psychologists provides recommendations for making the most out of meetings before they start, as they’re happening, and after they’ve concluded. Their report is published in Current Directions in Psychological Science.[read more]

The reason for the decline in upward mobility

Australians pride themselves on having a classless society, where wealth is determined not by how rich your parents are but by your own efforts. However new research, for the first time using actual income numbers from two generations of Australians, paints a less egalitarian picture.… [read more]

Workplace health programs can make you fat.

Workplace health promotion programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own weight may have detrimental effects for employees with obesity, reveals a new study. These range from feeling increasingly responsible for their weight but perceiving they have less control over it, to increased workplace weight stigma and discrimination.… [read more]

Can social media lead to labor market discrimination?

A new Journal of Economics & Management Strategy study investigates whether social media may be used as a source of information for recruiters to discriminate against job applicants.

What the researchers say: For the study, researchers set up an experiment that involved sending more than 800 applications from two fictitious applicants who differed in their cities of origin, a typical French town (Brives-la-Gaillarde) or Marrakesh, Morocco.… [read more]

Social media use increases depression and loneliness

In the first experimental study of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use, researchers showed a causal link between time spent on the platforms and decreased well-being.

The link between the two has been talked about for years, but a causal connection had never been proven.… [read more]

Psychology, and psychometrics suffer from WEIRD science.

For decades, the consensus among psychologists (and those who frame psychometric tests) was that a cluster of five personality traits openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion and neuroticism —or a slight variation thereof—universally defines the structure of human personality. However, when the team behind this research studied the Tsimane, an isolated indigenous population in the Bolivian Amazon, they found not five broad dimensions of personality, but two—prosociality and industriousness.… [read more]

A world without brick-and-mortar stores? Even avid online shoppers say, ‘no, thanks’

It has been dubbed the “retail apocalypse” –the widespread shuttering of brick-and-mortar stores in the wake of online shopping’s skyrocketing popularity. But how do consumers feel about this changing retail landscape?

As the launch of the holiday shopping season looms, a new study examined consumers’ perceptions of today’s changing retail environment and found something unexpected.… [read more]

More than intelligence needed for success in life.

Many researchers have asked the age-old question: what does it take to be successful in life—especially in a career? Is it IQ, street-smarts, EQ or what?

Now a team of researchers have examined long-held belief that success in school and career is due to more than just high intelligence.… [read more]

Prejudice against women in power is greater than we think.

In a fascinating study researchers have shown that results from conventional self-reporting surveys on gender prejudices should be regarded with a measure of skepticism. People have not been telling the researchers the truth.

What the researchers say: People are more prejudiced against women leaders than the statistics might indicate.… [read more]