Maybe it was a sweet-as-pie, pretty-please smile meant to talk a friend into sharing her dessert, or a serious stink eye intended to shake a moody kid out of his tantrum. Whatever the circumstance, we’ve all used our faces to get our way, and, as it turns out, we pretty much always do.… [read more]
Some really interesting new research has revealed how people’s intelligence, rather than their personality traits, lead to success. This may be the wow! of the week. It also follows neatly on the previous piece of research. What the researchers say: The team behind this study devised a series of games to find out which factors lead to cooperative behavior when people interact in social and workplace situations.… [read more]
Researchers have found that sagging confidence can lead to more self-interested, even fraudulent, behavior. But also, paradoxically, to more altruistic behavior. Most of us know what it feels like to lose confidence. Your golf game went badly. You got passed over for a promotion.… [read more]
Tasks often feel easier to perform as we gain experience with them, which can have unintended consequences when the task involves rating a series of people or items, according to findings published in the journal Psychological Science. The authors show that people tend to attribute the increasing ease of making ratings to the people or items themselves rather than to the ratings process, resulting in rating inflation over time.… [read more]
For several decades, many researchers have argued that neurosgenetic studies prove human actions are driven by external stimuli—that the brain is reactive and free will is an illusion. But a new analysis of these studies shows that many may have contained methodological inconsistencies and conflicting results.… [read more]
This may well be the most important study published this year so far since it explains much of what is going wrong in our society. Economic growth in developed countries has a dual effect. On one hand, people’s living standards and consumer spending have, until recently, been rising but this does not necessarily make people happy and may in fact erode subjective wellbeing and lead to economic crises according to a number of studies (reported earlier in TR).… [read more]
Watching YouTube videos, Instagram demos, and Facebook tutorials may make us feel as though we’re acquiring all sorts of new skills but it probably won’t make us experts, according to research published in Psychological Science.
“The more that people watched others, the more they felt they could perform the same skill, too—even when their abilities hadn’t actually changed for the better,” says the study lead author.… [read more]
I met with a potential coaching client the other day. He was a member of the C-suite of a large listed company. He couldn’t stop talking about himself. Everything in his life revolved around him and he seemed incapable of seeing anything from anyone else’s perspective.… [read more]
In a remarkable study researchers have discovered that stress isn’t just contagious; it alters the brain on a cellular level.
In the study, published in Nature Neuroscience, researchers have discovered that stress transmitted from others can change the brain in the same way as a real stress does.… [read more]
Antidepressant response within hours, or a blind alley? Experts weigh evidence on ketamine as a fast-acting treatment for depression in Harvard Review of Psychiatry.
Recent studies suggest that ketamine, a widely used anesthetic agent, could offer a wholly new approach to treating severe depression—producing an antidepressant response in hours rather than weeks.… [read more]