Posts Tagged: Research

Low skilled, low paid workers of the world don’t unite

Marx was wrong, according to some interesting new research. Workers in low-skilled, low paid employment don’t unite to protect their interests.

The belief that members of the “precariat”—the group of workers found in insecure, low-waged employment—are united against their bosses isn’t necessarily true.… [read more]

Surgeons under stress make more mistakes

If you’re going to have an operation be sure you have a super calm surgeon. Likewise, if you’re hiring for a job which needs precision and accuracy.

A new study reveals that during stressful moments in the operating room, surgeons make up to 66 percent more mistakes on patients.… [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]

Why some of your old work commitments never seem to go away

Years after I ceased to be a TV producer/director for the BBC I would replay old programs in my mind and devise ways to make them better, more entertaining, more engaging. I won three major awards in my relatively brief time on the job, but perhaps in my mind there’s never a perfect show.… [read more]

The key to willpower lies in believing you have it in abundance (maybe)

Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts—an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.

What the researchers say: More than 1,100 Americans and 1,600 Europeans—including 775 Swiss and 871 German-speaking adults—participated in the study, which tested the validity of a widely used psychological assessment tool called the Implicit Theory of Willpower for Strenuous Mental Activities Scale.… [read more]

What a little spider teaches us about leadership

This is the story of a spider, small but bold, and what that spider tells us about ourselves.

This particular arachnid, in fact, has helped to debunk the Great Man Theory, the notion positing that highly influential individuals use their power—be it personal charisma, intelligence, wisdom or political skill—to maximize their impact in shaping the course of history.… [read more]

Our perceptions dictate our actions

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]

Art Training makes us better at what we do

In his bestsellers The Tipping Point, Blink, and Out¬liers, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the unexpected implications of scientific research, urging readers to think differently. In an editorial published this month in the journal Ophthalmology Gladwell offers another example of his stock in trade: To make medical students better doctors, send them to art school.… [read more]

Scientists Recreate the Universe in the Lab

Now to one of the most stunning pieces of research of the year. Appropriately, just in time for the Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice in you’re in the Southern half of the planet), scientists at Hudson University have solved one of the oldest questions of all: What is the origin of the Universe?… [read more]