Major depression and alcohol dependence seen as one disorder

A major article in the current Psychiatric Times calls into question many of the assumptions about major depression, and the advice and treatment given to employees suffering from this. Questions about alcohol dependence are rarely asked. The authors claim that the self-reinforcing link between alcohol and depression creates a singular disorder.… [read more]

Beautiful people more likely to be self-promoting

A lot of research has confirmed the fact that people generally assume that beautiful people—especially women—are more talented and virtuous than less attractive ones. They are certainly trusted more, are more likely to be chosen for jobs and more likely to be promoted.  … [read more]

The Puzzle Question debate

Recently some major employers, such as Google and Microsoft, have been turning to the use of ‘puzzle questions’ in their interviews—questions such as ‘Why is a manhole round?’ or ‘How many coffee shops are there in San Francisco?’ The idea is to test  an individual’s creative or critical thinking skills by asking a questions that they couldn’t have prepared for.… [read more]

Innocence is in the eye of the beholder

Researchers have noticed that physical attractiveness has an influence on how people are perceived by others in labour, academic and even legal fields. There is a mental association in the human brain between beautiful and good. Well, that was the assumption up to today.… [read more]

Assumptions, Assumptions

Tell me which of these statements is true: Most surgeons wash their hands thoroughly before an operation. Teaching teens driving in school reduces accidents. Testing all men over 50 annually for prostate cancer saves lives. Older drivers are more accident prone than middle-aged drivers.… [read more]

Parenting and leadership share much in common

Having researched both parenting and leadership, we have been arguing for many years that good parenting and good leadership are not so very different. Now a study published today in the journal Human Relations has come to our support. The essence of good parenting is for parents to get along well, to be seen to like each other and to cooperate enthusiastically.… [read more]

We don’t always judge movement accurately

We humans are about relationships. Our decision-making and our judgements concerning most factors in our lives depend on our need to surround ourselves with a nexus of supportive people. Scientists at the University of Southern California have now discovered that this perceptual bias extends even to the way we perceive how people move.… [read more]

Comparing salaries makes people unhappy

Research published today by the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid makes a very interesting point. It has been known for some time that people who are happy at work are more productive. What the Spanish researchers found was that unfavourably comparing colleagues’ salaries to one’s own leads to unhappiness.… [read more]

Hire people on the basis of character strengths

According to Swiss researchers, people who feel that their character strengths are aligned with their work are happier at work and more productive. In fact they tend to see their job as their calling in life. Everyone has two to seven of these strengths which they see as being central to them—what the researchers call ‘signature strengths’.… [read more]

Many higher-level decisions have a genetic basis

The way we vote, what we ‘decide’ to do with our or the firm’s money are two of the so-called higher level cognitive functions that researchers have now found are based on genetics rather than reason. We are genetically programmed to behave in a certain way given certain environmental stimulate.… [read more]