Strong friendships among women in the workplace reduce conflict.

According to new study in the journal Organization Science, when employers foster an office environment that supports positive, social relationships between women coworkers, especially in primarily male dominated organizations, they are less likely to experience conflict among female employees..

The researchers surveyed 145 management-level employees regarding workplace dynamics at two large U.S.… [read more]

Being near colleagues helps innovation and collaboration.

Want to boost collaboration among researchers? Even in an age of easy virtual communication, physical proximity increases collaborative activity among academic scholars, according to a new study examining a decade’s worth of MIT-based papers and patents.

In particular, the study finds that cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental collaboration is fueled by basic face-to-face interaction within shared spaces.… [read more]

Big fish in a small pond?

“I’m too qualified for this job,” is a refrain that I hear frequently in my work as an executive coach and researcher for my writings. Now a new study has confirmed what I have thought for a long time: overqualified employees experience a great deal of psychological strain.… [read more]

Purpose in life by day linked to better sleep at night

A really interesting study found that older adults whose lives have meaning enjoy better sleep quality and less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

What the researchers say: Having a good reason to get out of bed in the morning means you are more likely to sleep better at night with less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, reports a study based on older adults.… [read more]

Researchers identify a depression gene

Depression is the #1 cause of disability in the world today and maybe, directly and indirectly, the greatest killer since it is implicated in so many potentially fatal mental and physical disorders. And yet its etiology is still a mystery. We know that major depressive disorder (MDD, the mail culprit) is practically unknown in hunter-gatherer societies, so its prevelance has something to do with the way we organize our society, the way we live our lives, the way we work, maybe even the food we eat.… [read more]

AI urban change and false assumptions.

Why do some neighborhoods revive, and others not? Is it just gentrification—the arrival of relatively better off residents? That’s been the assumption, but perhaps not. The density of highly educated residents, rather than income or ethnic composition, predicts the revitalization of neighborhoods, according to a new study.… [read more]

The inner struggle for self-control.

It takes just a few seconds for me to choose a cookie over an apple and wreck my diet for the day. Then neither Alicia nor my physician is pleased with me. Of course it’s only one cookie—until the next.

But what is happening during those few seconds while I make the decision?… [read more]

Even meaningless accelerating scores yield better performance

Seemingly any behavior can be “gamified” and awarded digital points these days, from tracking the steps you’ve walked to the online purchases you’ve made and even the chores you’ve completed. Tracking behavior in this way helps to spur further action and new research shows that even meaningless scores can serve as effective motivators, as long as those scores are accelerating.… [read more]

Greening the city—a measurement for a mindful environment.

Scientists have developed the world’s first Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool (TRAPT), a scientific process for measuring how relaxing urban environments and public spaces are.

What the researchers say: In a new paper published in the Urban Forestry and Urban Greening Journal, the lead researcher says that the tool could help planners, architects and environmentalists to understand what the impact of “greening” measures like introducing trees, hedges or additional vegetation could have on urban spaces.… [read more]