New findings from a study of male rhesus macaques show the importance to organizations, and to families of skillfully using the power of the social reward neurochemicals oxytocin and vasopressin (in terms of bonding behavior they act basically the same way).… [read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
According to conventional wisdom long-term and short-term relationships are obviously different from each other. Some people are the type you’d want to marry; others are good primarily for a short-term fling.
However, contrary to this conventional wisdom, new research suggests that—at first—long-term and short-term relationships may look more or less identical.… [read more]
Older workers tend to feel more stress than younger workers when their employers don’t provide them with the support and resources needed to do their jobs well, according to a new study in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.
What the researchers say: The research team surveyed 243 municipal public works employees between the ages of 24 and 64 over the course of a year.… [read more]
A Rottweiler called “Everything” died five years ago. On the anniversary of this tragic event his owner paid a special tribute to his beloved dog in a social media tribute that went viral. Everyone loves and trusts their own dogs, even though many people don’t trust dogs—especially large ones—in general.… [read more]
Some fascinating research finds that if people act in a hostile way towards other ethnic groups, they easily find imitators.
What the researchers say: Inter-ethnic conflicts often escalate surprisingly quickly. In a recent study, researchers experimentally investigated the influence of the environment on peoples’ hostility against minorities.… [read more]