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Test participants who had used Facebook for 20 minutes reported being in a worse mood than those in two other test groups (one browsed the Internet, one served as a control and did nothing); the Facebook participants also felt their time had been used in a less meaningful way.

Amid the wreckage, behavioral researchers Sagioglou and Greitemeyer spotted a clue for why we go back: we think we’ll enjoy it. … Users seem to wrongly predict the emotional impact of using Facebook, Sagioglou tells Co.Design.

We Hate Ourselves For Spending So Much Time On Facebook. So Why Do We Do It?

When test subjects assigned to be the “employer” had no information about their prospective employees’ abilities, they were twice as likely to choose men over women. In another scenario, where both male and female candidates were given the opportunity to describe how well they thought they would do on the math task, the outcome wasn’t much different.

In Making Hiring Decisions, Men and Women Still Assume Women Are Bad At Math

So even as we kind of hate child prodigies, we remain in awe of their gifts. For a long time, scientists had little insight into the nature of these talents. But over the past several years psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz has assembled what she calls the “largest sample” of prodigies on record—a list more than 30 deep and growing—and what she’s found points to one factor that’s consistently off the charts among prodigies regardless of their area of focus: working memory.

“They all have exceptional memories,” Ruthsatz tells Co.Design. “I think it’s the piece that allows for their abilities.

The One Extraordinary Skill All Prodigies Share

Imagining yourself as “doing good” can sometimes lead to bad things. You eat more at Thanksgiving because you went to the gym in the morning. The “good” action somehow licenses the “bad” action, because you have a self-image as a healthy person. Similarly, you may commit unethical acts precisely because you consider yourself an upstanding person. You do the heinous thing because, subconsciously or not, you have the halo-credits in the bank.

Psychologists call this “moral licensing” or “self licensing,” and apparently it applies as much to corporate behavior as it does to eating. A new study finds that CEOs are more likely to do bad things when they’ve just unveiled a corporate responsibility initiative. In other words, those leaders that look best may be the ones we should be most wary about.

Does A Company’s Social Responsibility Policy Increase The Risk Of Being Evil?

In 2005, Rebecca Tomsyck left her psychiatrist practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joined the Army. She was 53.
"In Iraq we were mortared an awful lot, but I wasn’t afraid because I came to realize that I had zero control over what happened. Once I recognized that, there was an element of peace that accompanied that. I got to that place pretty quickly in Iraq, and I recreated it pretty quickly in Afghanistan."

In 2005, Rebecca Tomsyck left her psychiatrist practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, and joined the Army. She was 53.

"In Iraq we were mortared an awful lot, but I wasn’t afraid because I came to realize that I had zero control over what happened. Once I recognized that, there was an element of peace that accompanied that. I got to that place pretty quickly in Iraq, and I recreated it pretty quickly in Afghanistan."


Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence.

Why Storytelling  Is The Ultimate Weapon

Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction seems to be more effective at changing beliefs than writing that is specifically designed to persuade through argument and evidence.

Why Storytelling  Is The Ultimate Weapon

Human Lie Detector Paul Ekman Decodes The Faces Of Depression, Terrorism, And Joy

Since he experienced tragedy at age of 14, the real-life psychologist who inspired the show “Lie To Me” has searched for signs of hidden human emotion in faces. New applications based on his findings are getting attention from Apple, Pixar, Google, the Army, and others.

(Source: Fast Company)