A new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging looks at the driving influence of brain regions in depression. What the researchers say: The researchers note that people with major depressive disorder have alterations in the activity and connectivity of brain systems underlying reward and memory.… [read more]
About 30-40% of depression is genetic in origin. A really interesting study just published outlines a new and rather dramatic look at this aspect of depression. Essentially it indicates that all current treatments are looking at the wrong areas of the brain and therefore that is the reason all existing treatments fail so many sufferers.… [read more]
Over years, depression quite literally changes the brain, new research shows. Importantly the researchers found that persistent depression may need a different therapeutic approach from all those that have been tried so far. They findings also raised the question: Is clinical depression always the same illness, or does it change over time?… [read more]
Undoubtedly the most important study on depression for a very long time was published this week. For the first time the causal link was established between stress—in our time this is mainly work stress—and depression.
Depression is associated with impaired recollection.… [read more]
I have a love of perfectionism—in its place. My partner Alicia is a great writer because she is a perfectionist. One of her articles will be written, rewritten and then completely rewritten again. In other areas of activity perfectionism is better left to machines.… [read more]
Sometimes research studies come along and fulfil a very useful role—proving the obvious. This is one of them, so it is to be greatly welcomed.
What the researchers say: While some may see corporate diversity initiatives as nothing more than glitzy marketing campaigns, the latest research shows that companies that hire a more diverse set of employees are rewarded with a richer pipeline of innovative products and a stronger financial position.… [read more]
Wisdom is currently one of the most hotly researched aspects of human cognition. I have flagged much of this research in past issues of TR. It’s increasingly important because it is that which we humans have over machines and whether you have it or not will dictate your chances in the ever more competitive job market of the future (competitive between humans and machines that is).… [read more]
After a wage increase, people tend to be more satisfied with their jobs—and even more so when what they have gained exceeds the wage increases of their colleagues. Yet, this effect on job satisfaction is not persistent. Two economics professors reported these findings in a study recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.… [read more]
Exposure to air pollution, or even imagining exposure to air pollution, may lead to unethical behavior, according to findings published in the journal Psychological Science. A combination of archival and experimental studies indicates that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behavior such as crime and cheating.… [read more]
A recent study examined the damaging impact abusive supervision has in the workplace including the ways employees respond with retaliatory behavior, which lowers productivity.
What the researchers say: Abusive supervision refers to subordinates’ perceptions of supervisors engaging in the sustained hostile verbal and nonverbal behaviors, excluding physical contact.… [read more]