Another neuroscientific nail has been hammered into the coffin of rational decision making. Researchers at Oxford University have been studying what is called prediction error to show that we do not base our estimates of the likely outcome of any decision based on facts.… [read more]
A study from Yale University has confirmed, for the first time, that stress can cause a reduction in brain grey matter and lead to a shrinking of the pre-frontal cortex in humans. The researchers also found that stress predisposes the human brain for greater stress going forward.… [read more]
For a long time we have been interested in the way that relationship experience can affect the way a person’s genes express themselves. Daniel Golman wrote about this in his book “Social Intelligence.”
Now a new study has revealed the precise mechanism of how so-called “soft genes” can be influenced by the behavior of others and by particular circumstances.… [read more]
A great article in the journal of the Wharton Business School newsletter details the addictive nature of Blackberries, iPhones etc and shows how they actually reduce productivity rather than increase it.
One of the interesting quotes from the article is by Prof.… [read more]
A study printed in the Spanish Journal of Psychology reinforces the well-known fact that fear of job loss reduces commitment, satisfaction with work and life, and therefore productivity. The study finds that this holds true of all workers—blue collar, white collar or professional (though each group reacts to insecurity differently)—and all types of workers—contract, permanent, part time or full time, male or female.… [read more]
To inspire through ideas you need to have a spiritual message. This need not be religious and indeed in the context of work a religious message may well be out of place. But it has to give people the feeling that you can connect them to some higher purpose.… [read more]
This is an interesting article from Forbes Magazine with some nice language. Main point: culture is the only truly competitive advantage. We certainly agree with that.
This article from the Consumer Research Journal is interesting in that it equates our concept of happiness with age. It is important not just for marketers, but also for recruiters and company executives aiming to create a “happy” workplace (happiness has been shown to be a great influencer of productivity).… [read more]
Yet more research on the irrationality of decision making comes in this piece on the relationship between handedness and decision making. Very important for marketing, sales and persuasion techniques.
Source: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/different-bodies-different-minds.html… [read more]
For a long time now researchers have been saying that happy workers are productive workers. It has almost become a mantra with many consultancies, and indeed a number of them have made this their chief and only credo.
Well research coming in now is tending to show that in the words of the immortal George Gershwin “It ain’t necessarily so!”The research…
Researchers led by Dr Steven Wood (2012) from the University of Leicester have recently completed a study on productivity, job satisfaction and happiness to try and find the best management method for an efficient and satisfied workplace.… [read more]