People show confirmation bias even in trivial things  

It has been long known that people tend to interpret new information in a way that supports their pre-existing beliefs, a phenomenon known as confirmation bias. Once they’ve decided which house to buy, which school to send their kids to, or which political candidate to vote for, they tend to interpret new evidence such that it reassures them they’ve made the right call.… [read more]

Making happiness last longer

For most people, the sense of happiness derived from a luxurious vacation, a good movie or a tasty dinner at a restaurant may seem short-lived, but what if it were possible to extend these feelings of enjoyment?

Researchers behind a new study decided to explore whether the way people frame their goals for an experience influences how much happiness they glean from the experience over time.… [read more]

The problem with guilt

Every human society has a system of laws and moral codes which order the way people can live together, work together and collaborate with each other to do business together. When people “intentionally” break these laws and codes, we all them “guilty.” This paper looks in detail at some of the drivers of guilt and how we might look at the ideas of guilt and innocence in a new and perhaps more productive light.… [read more]

Voting for the losing side can affect your performance at work

Companies should avoid scheduling important work tasks immediately following an election, according to a study published in the journal; Applied Psychology.

Researchers discovered the outcome of a U.S. presidential election can affect employees’ engagement and performance at work—if they voted for the losing side.… [read more]

Genes are the key to success.

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study published in npj Science of Learning explains the substantial influence genes have on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.… [read more]

It pays to be nice to your employees.

Want the best results out of your employees, or reports? Then be nice to them. In fact new research finds that showing compassion to subordinates almost always pays off, especially when combined with the enforcement of clear goals and benchmarks.

What the researchers say: “Being benevolent is important because it can change the perception your followers have of you,” said the lead author.… [read more]

The criminal, and unethical, brain is different

A new study shows a difference between how risk is cognitively processed by self-reported law-abiding citizens and self-reported lawbreakers, allowing researchers to better view and understand the criminal mind.

I have been doing a lot of research recently on the genetics and neuroscience of ethics specifically unethical behavior, so this study is of particular interest to me.… [read more]

How to predict how much you‘ll earn

You can go to a palmist, a Tarot reader, or a career counselor to get an idea of your likely future earnings. They will probably be about as accurate as each other.

Now, for the first time, an interesting piece of research enables researchers to rank the most important factors that predict future affluenc –and the findings might surprise you.… [read more]

Gender-diverse boards are greener

Everybody is trying to go green. Companies are making a big point of how environmentally aware they are. This being the case there was an interesting study published this week showing that companies with a more balanced mix of men and women on their boards are better at protecting the environment and less likely to be sued for environmental law violations.… [read more]

Being happy leads to a longer life

Happy people live longer, according to a study  published today in the journal Age and Ageing. The authors found that an increase in happiness is directly proportional with a reduction in mortality.

The study utilized data for 4,478 participants of a nationally-representative survey to look at the association between happiness, assessed in the year 2009, and subsequent likelihood of dying due to any cause, until 31 December 2015.… [read more]