The Fish Rots From The Tail, While The Head Is Clueless
Your perception of your organization’s commitment to its people is correlated with your position in that organization. The higher up you are, the better your workplace seems (not just for you, but for everyone else, too).
To Cut Car Pollution, Ask Drivers to ‘Think of Yourself’
But things got really interesting with the third sign, which increased the amount of engine-killing to 50 percent. This version simply read, “Think of yourself: When barriers are down switch off your engine.” What could account for the message’s effectiveness? Again, things get quite theoretical, but the researchers believes it comes down to the words pushing motorists into a state of “private self-focus.”
Changing Minds: The Labyrinth of Decision
Come for the psychology essay, stay for the lovely animations and transitions.
Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer
Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. A 2010 study by Mar found a similar result in young children: the more stories they had read to them, the keener their “theory of mind,” or mental model of other people’s intentions.
Recent research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience has demonstrated that deep reading — slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity — is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words. Although deep reading does not, strictly speaking, require a conventional book, the built-in limits of the printed page are uniquely conducive to the deep reading experience. A book’s lack of hyperlinks, for example, frees the reader from making decisions — Should I click on this link or not? — allowing her to remain fully immersed in the narrative.