Posts Tagged: Assumptions and beliefs

Hiring a radical may be dangerous

People who hold radical political views—at either end of the political spectrum—aren’t as good as moderates at knowing when they’re wrong, even about something unrelated to politics, finds a new study.

The experimental study used a simple perceptual task, and the researchers found no difference between the groups on task performance, but noted that people with more radical beliefs tended to overestimate their certainty on incorrect answers, according to the findings published in Current Biology.… [read more]

The real drivers of fundamentalist hate

Why do some Westerners attack Muslim minorities and asylum seekers and why do some Muslims support and engage in terror against the West? Some fascinating new research suggests that the reasons for such extreme behavior might be the same in both groups.[read more]

“Cut-throat business competition” isn’t real

Contrary to popular opinion and thousands of movies recent research shows that global syndicated markets take a relational approach to competition.

The perception of competition in business is often negatively skewed, with images of Wolf of Wall Street types running greedy firms who are out to win at any cost.… [read more]

Bargain-hunting Customers see Shop Assistants as Less than Human

Everyone loves a bargain, but new research suggests some employees may be getting short-changed when it comes to how consumers perceive them when they are being price-conscious.

The study, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, found that bargain-hunters who adopt a “price-conscious mentality”—meaning their main goal is to save money and get the cheapest deal—tend to see employees who they interact with as less human.… [read more]

Being treated unfairly at work leads to illness

Staff who feel they are treated unfairly at work are at increased risk of being off sick more frequently and for longer, according to new research by a team from a number of universities in Europe and the US.

What the researchers say: Increasingly important contributing factors to mental and physical illness—and therefore sick leave—are found in the work environment.… [read more]

The desire to share wealth has nothing to do with fairness

In a new study, researchers found support for the theory that redistribution is a function of compassion, self-interest, and envy—but not fairness.

What the researchers say: Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, the researchers found that fairness doesn’t really explain who supports redistribution or why.… [read more]

Trouble at the lab.

For some time it has been an open secret that there was something rotten in the state of peer review publishing. However it was a subject rarely, if ever, mentioned. The truth is that a great deal of really bad research is being published even in prestigious journals such as Science and Nature.… [read more]

Does where you live dictate your temperament?

Or do people of similar temperament gravitate to the same place? Or does temperament behave like a virus spreading from one person to another within a particular region? None seem particularly convincing explanations for a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Personality and Social psychology.… [read more]