Posts Tagged: Behavioral change

Brands can tempt us to lie, cheat and steal

While many people consider themselves generally moral and honest, even the most upstanding citizens will likely become willing to lie, cheat and steal under certain circumstances, according to evidence from a new study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

What the researchers say: If consumers believe that a company is harmful in some way—to the environment or to people – then they feel justified participating in illegal activities, such as shoplifting, piracy or hacking, according to findings in the study.… [read more]

Empowering workers can cause uncertainty and resentment

Attempts by managers to empower staff by delegating different work to them or asking for their opinions can be detrimental to employee productivity, research shows. On the face of it this finding goes against current conventional wisdom.

What the researchers say: Giving employees more authority can have a negative impact on their day to day performance and perhaps give the impression that their boss is just seeking to avoid doing their own work, according to the study.… [read more]

People prefer the status quo.

We have gone on alarmingly about the fact that humans do not like change, even when that change will benefit them. Quite a number of recent studies have proven this to be so. The most recent was published in the current edition of  the journal Comprehensive Psychology.… [read more]

Having super powers leads to more social feelings

Well, thanks to an experiment published today in the journal PLOS ONE we now know why Superman always strove to rescue people in distress—because he had super powers. In the experiment some Clark Kents were given, through virtual reality, Superman’s ability to fly around a city and were tasked to  rescue a sick child.… [read more]

Self-Control—it ain’t what we thought it was

“Exercise some self-control!” You know, it’s what parents say to annoying 4 year-olds. It’s what bosses feel like saying to overspending execs. It’s what shareholders are saying to overpaid CEOs. And maybe the truth is that you can’t control self-control by an act of will.… [read more]

Official: You can teach old dogs new tricks

One of my favorite TV series is the BBC’s New Tricks about three retired policemen who are brought back to the force to solve cold cases. Research published today in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience shows that  the old cops are not alone.… [read more]

Rewards, especially recognition rewards, work better than information

The best way to get people to change their behaviour is to give them public recognition for the change. This blinding flash of the obvious came from research by the Social and Economic Research Council, published yesterday. Giving people information and the opportunity to discuss the change didn’t work nearly so well.… [read more]

Focus on the little things

Oh! It’s so nice when even Harvard agrees with us. In today’s edition of Harvard Working Knowledge there is an article which proves that change is more likely when people focus on the small elements of change rather than concentrating on the big things.… [read more]

The real value of values

There is no question that a strong sense of values boosts the quality of life and even survival of individuals. I was therefore recently intrigued but not really surprised to see a study published in the January 2012 edition of Psychological Science saying that even spending 15 minutes a day writing about values that you hold dear can help obese people lose weight.… [read more]

How powerful people behave

An interesting study published today in Psychological Science shows that given positional power people do behave differently but not necessarily logically or consistently.

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