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]
We know from lots of past research (much of it in prior TRs) that we don’t ever see anything accurately. Now, however, a new study faces head-on the notion that not only is that true but that all previous experimental subjects in this field may have been victims of response bias.… [read more]
An interesting story appeared in the BBC News Online Business section. It featured a new report from the UK Institute for Public Policy Research which says that automation will not take all of our jobs, but will enormously increase wage inequality.… [read more]
I have mentioned many times in TR that humans don’t make decisions based on fact or reasoning—something which has now been validated by a vast number of studies. Rather we make decisions on the basis of emotion and the pursuit of relational safety.… [read more]
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]
I don’t know how many times I hears executives tell me how valuable unstructured interviews are in screening applicants for jobs. I have always doubted their efficacy. It seems to me that there is great value in having a structure, even if you don’t stick to it very closely.… [read more]
You are negotiating and I (a white male) make an offer of, say $1,000 and X (who is a black male) makes an offer of $1,000, which, in your view, is the fairer offer? Logically, of course, they are both identical.… [read more]
Do we know right from wrong? Yes, probably. Do we always do the right thing as a result? Yes, and no. Are the two connected—does our ability to know right from wrong have any bearing on our behavior? Well, according to a study published in the latest edition of Science, probably not.… [read more]
A fascinating study is reported in the current edition of the journal Open Psychology. Researchers from Macquarie U looked at the level of closed-mindedness among security analysts and how this led to their coming to conclusions based on their preconceptions rather than the data.… [read more]
During these times more and more people are getting into debt. At the same time there is an increasing incidence of mental illness in the community. Researchers at U Southampton claim that the two are linked. It may be, they claim, that more people with mental illness get into debt and that being in debt leads to mental illness.… [read more]