Archive for “May, 2015”

Danbo the carboard box robot listens to iPod

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: how racial biases impact our listening comprehension; mimicking those we agree with; working through difficult conversations; hacking the moral compass; an argument against generational thinking.

Listening bias. Racial stereotypes and expectations can impact the way we hear and understand others. From University of British Columbia via PsyPost.

Repeat after me. Research has found that we subtly mimic the speech patterns of people we agree with. From Shaunacy Ferro via Mental Floss.

Bringing balance to the boardroom. Difficult conversations are difficult for a reason, but good agenda design and facilitation can help bring about a positive outcome. From Jennifer Rutley via Collective Next.

Malleable morals. A recent study shows that stimulating the brain with electrodes can alter moral reasoning. From Kate Wheeling via Pacific Standard.

Generation generalization. Rebecca Onion argues that generational thinking is a flawed mode that facilitates prejudices and generalizations. Via Aeon.


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Panda hug

#GeekReads: 4 Quick Reads + 1 Watch that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: that warm and fuzzy feeling how social cues influence the risks we take; “professional discomfort producers”; putting emotions into words; practicing global compassion.

Warm and fuzzy. Has it ever warmed your heart to see a stranger do something kind for someone? Science helps explain the effects of niceness on the brain and body. From Melissa Dahl via Science of Us.

Follow the crowd. Observed behavior can lead us to make safer or riskier choices than we would make alone. From Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute via Psy Post.

Growing pains. One comic book writer shares her artistic process of confronting the uncomfortable in hopes of sparking conversations that lead to change. From Rachel Gillett via Business Insider.

Talk it out. Research has found that putting feelings into words releases stress and helps us feel less isolated as we process our emotions. From Monica Joshi via Big Think.

Global compassion. Looking to Buddhist practices, psychologist Paul Ekman explores compassion for total strangers and whether it can be taught. From Paul Ekman via Big Think.


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Doll listens to iPhone

#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: iPhone addiction; measuring moral development in children; steer clear of workplace miscommunication; learning through punishment; gaining human perspective from multiple languages.


Separation anxiety. Can you live without your phone? A new study explores the anxiety and irrational fears people experience when parted from their smart devices. From Natalie Shoemaker via Big Think.

False witness. The impact of moral evaluations on decision-making changes with age, which may be important when considering eyewitness testimony. From American Psychological Association via PsyPost.

As clear as mud. Illusions of transparency can make us believe our feelings and intentions are crystal clear, when in fact others are misinterpreting us. From Emily Esfahani Smith via Business Insider.

Learn from your mistakes. While it is commonly believed that rewards elicit desired behavior, recent research suggests that punishments may sometimes serve as stronger motivators. From Gaia Remerowski via Futurity.

Benefits of being bilingual. A new study suggests children who speak multiple languages may have an easier time taking others’ perspectives and communicating effectively. From Nathan Collins via Pacific Standard.


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Wooden mannequin with Pinnochio nose

#GeekReads: 4 Quick Reads + 1 Watch that Made Us Smarter

In this week’s #GeekReads: should politicians be good liars; non-social sources of conformity; the evolution of racism; scheduling around office lethargy; simple steps toward behavior change.

Honest Abe? Psychologist Paul Ekman talks about how the ideal political candidate should be honest but not too honest. From Paul Ekman via Big Think.

Self-imitation. Social factors may not be required to produce conformity; people may confuse memories of their own behavior with average group behavior. From Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Psychonomie via PsyPost.

Roots of racism. A study on the ways individuals express altruism and spite within groups provides new evolutionary insight into racism. From Queens University via PsyPost.

Mental energy boost. Managing your emotional fluctuations so they don’t interfere with workflow will help you be more productive. From Shana Lebowitz via Business Insider.

Behavior change. In a world where people and their environments are infinitely complex, sometimes changing a behavior requires sticking to simple principles. Jason Hreha via Big Think.


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