Incentives may not really work

For a long time I have admired the work of Kennon  Sheldon, a professor of psychology at the University of Missouri. His latest paper, published today, is therefore of great interest. He details research into what causes happiness and what makes it lasting, or not.… [read more]

Pleasure-seeking or pain-avoiding customer?

According to research published today there are two different sets of consumers of goods or services—the pleasure seekers and the pain avoiders. Both have different ways that they react to the same consumer experience (good or bad) and are different  in the way they will convey that pleasure or pain to others.… [read more]

Feelings of depression are relative

An interesting study from Warwick University in the UK  shows that people’s perception of their own level of depression—or anxiety—are relative to those expressed by people around them or of what they perceive is going on in the wider world. This can lead to inaccurate diagnosis and inappropriate treatments.… [read more]

Envy and jealousy at work

A fascinating study published today shows that women are more prone to intrasexual (i.e. aimed at members of the same sex) jealousy and envy than men. Women were more jealous of other women’s attractiveness and envious of another woman’s position or power.… [read more]

Think back to decide now

One of the most studied aspects of mental activity is decision-making. What are the processes by which we arrive at particular decisions? We have long been supporters of the view that one of the most important aspects of decision-making was memory.… [read more]

The less email the better

Research published today from the University of California, Irvine, shows that workers without email access work better, are more satisfied with their jobs and hare more engaged than those with constant access to email. The research also showed a significant lessening of the stress hormone cortisol in the systems of the non-email users.… [read more]

Multitasking satisfying but unproductive

People, including many employers, think that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that multitasking is a sign of greater productivity. A new study published today, by Ohio State University researchers, shows that multitasking is actually rewarding and satisfying even if you’re not achieving much by indulging in it.… [read more]

You don’t need IQ to succeed

An interesting article in Forbes Magazine outlines research showing that EQ and MQ (moral intelligence) are far more important for business and professional success than IQ. Of course this has been known for some time, and is something that we teach.… [read more]

Gifting for happiness

A study by Harvard researchers published in this month’s Journal of Happiness Studies suggests that one of the things that makes people happiest is buying gifts for other people. We have often told our workshop attendees that there is a positive feedback loop between altruistic acts (and even praise or recognition of others) and happiness and this study reinforces that.… [read more]

Action video games are also good for the brain

An intriguing study by researchers at the University of Toronto published today claims, for the first time, that there is proof that playing action videogames is actually good for increasing visual attention and blocking out distractions. Taking time out to play such games would be good for workers involved in using complicated machinery, delivery and other drivers, and those, such as analysts and brokers, who need to be able to selectively concentrate on complex spreadsheets or stock movements.… [read more]