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The primary focus of this site is to provide readers with a new perspective. In the same vein as the "Blind Men and the Elephant," it can be difficult to know when one is looking at the big picture or if one is simply looking at a 'tusk' or a 'leg.' Some of the topics include: psychology, business, technology, education, politics, philosophy, and even history.

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  • May 23, 2016
  • 07:55 AM
  • 410 views

Positive Stereotypes Are Pervasive and Powerful

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Pop quiz: hands up — how many of you think positive stereotypes are OK? I suspect that for many of you, your first reaction may have been, “well, yeah, they’re positive, right?” I can totally empathize with that shortcut, but … Continue reading →... Read more »

Czopp, A., Kay, A., & Cheryan, S. (2015) Positive Stereotypes Are Pervasive and Powerful. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(4), 451-463. DOI: 10.1177/1745691615588091  

  • April 21, 2016
  • 08:05 AM
  • 158 views

Black Players Were Held to a Higher Standard After Jackie Robinson Broke the Colour Barrier

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

In (unintentionally) keeping with one of the themes from the last post — let’s talk about baseball after Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier. Most people will tell you that even after Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947, black players had to … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • April 18, 2016
  • 09:55 PM
  • 163 views

Wanna Lose Weight? Get Some Sleep!

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

There was some research published within the last year that you might be particularly interested in, should you be in the middle of or about to go on a diet (or you’re interested in your health in general): This article provides an integrative review of … Continue reading →... Read more »

Lundahl A, & Nelson TD. (2015) Sleep and food intake: A multisystem review of mechanisms in children and adults. Journal of Health Psychology. info:/10.1177/1359105315573427

  • April 18, 2016
  • 08:01 AM
  • 455 views

Looking for a Husband or a Wife? It’s Time to Learn About Altruism

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Human companionship. It’s something that we all crave. In fact, a quick look at Google’s autocomplete shows that two of the top three results for “how to get a” return “girlfriend” and “guy to like you.” It’s pretty clear that sharing our life with … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 20, 2015
  • 08:01 AM
  • 483 views

Why It’s Important to Have Diversity (in age!) in Your Work Teams

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

If you had to guess, would you say that younger people or older people are better at learning abstract causal principles? When first thinking about this question, I would have thought that older people would be better at this given that … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 19, 2015
  • 08:02 AM
  • 519 views

Psychologists Want an Alternative to the DSM

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

In another life (or a different timeline, if you prefer) I didn’t change paths and continued on to become a clinical psychologist. In that life (or timeline), I, and many other psychologists are using something totally different than the DSM … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 17, 2015
  • 08:03 AM
  • 613 views

Perseverance Negatively Correlated with Counterproductive Work Behaviours

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

New research shows that perseverance might be a key character strength when it comes to counterproductive work behaviours. The researchers were interested in finding the character strengths that were most correlated with work performance and counterproductive work behaviours (things like absenteeism, lateness, … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 14, 2015
  • 08:04 AM
  • 688 views

Board Diversity Paramount for Achieving Corporate Benefits

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Earlier this year, there was some interesting research published about board diversity, as it relates to achieving corporate benefits. Specifically: Board diversity improves governance and product development especially in firms led by White men CEOs. There are at least two … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • August 13, 2015
  • 11:25 AM
  • 533 views

How To Be a Better Person: Awe Yourself

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Research published earlier this year seems to indicate that when we’re “awed,” we’re more likely to engage in prosocial or altrusitic behaviour. The researchers conducted five different studies: Individuals higher in dispositional tendencies to experience awe exhibited more generosity in an … Continue reading →... Read more »

Piff PK, Dietze P, Feinberg M, Stancato DM, & Keltner D. (2015) Awe, the small self, and prosocial behavior. Journal of personality and social psychology, 108(6), 883-99. PMID: 25984788  

  • July 31, 2015
  • 08:03 AM
  • 484 views

What if There Were Live Music at the Doctor’s Office?

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

There was a really interesting study published earlier this year that had live music in a medical waiting room. The aim of the study was to learn more about the staff’s perceptions of this live music, but as you might expect, the live … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 23, 2015
  • 07:54 AM
  • 683 views

Choice Architecture: Even in “Heads or Tails,” It Matters What’s Presented First

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

If you’re familiar with behavioural economics, then the results of this study will be right up your alley. The researchers set out to determine whether there was a “first-toss Heads bias.” Meaning, when flipping a coin and the choices are presented “Heads or … Continue reading →... Read more »

Bar-Hillel M, Peer E, & Acquisti A. (2014) "Heads or tails?"--a reachability bias in binary choice. Journal of experimental psychology. Learning, memory, and cognition, 40(6), 1656-63. PMID: 24773285  

  • July 15, 2015
  • 07:56 AM
  • 516 views

Women and Words: Women Who Read Objectifying Words More Likely to Seek Cosmetic Surgery

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

I’ve tried to write about this article on a few occasions and had to stop because I simply felt terrible with the implications of the research. In short, as the headline of this post suggests, when women read words that are objectifying, they’re … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 13, 2015
  • 08:05 AM
  • 538 views

The Partisan Gap Amongst Female Politicians is Likely to Get Worse

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

If I’m being honest, when I first read the title of this journal article “A partisan gap in the supply of female potential candidates in the United States,” I didn’t think twice. Pew often publishes surveys/research that seemed to indicate that the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 6, 2015
  • 08:08 AM
  • 479 views

Saving For Retirement — As Simple As Counting in Days

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

A few years ago, I wrote a post about the problems with saying “I’ll be ready in 5 minutes.” It turns out, there’s now research that — in a way — supports the point I was trying to make. In this … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • July 2, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 599 views

Want Better Group Performance? Try a Standing Meeting

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

In keeping with the theme of “standing” being better for us from earlier this week, I thought I’d tackle another journal article discussing the merits of standing. This time, the research included participants well-beyond the 2nd and 3rd grade, but still used students … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 29, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
  • 521 views

Stand and Deliver: We Think Better on Our Feet — Literally

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

Did you see the post from ScienceDaily a couple of months ago? As it turns out, we think better when we’re on our feet. Maybe more importantly though, given how much we tend to sit throughout the day, standing is a good way to … Continue reading →... Read more »

Dornhecker, M., Blake, J., Benden, M., Zhao, H., & Wendel, M. (2015) The effect of stand-biased desks on academic engagement: an exploratory study. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 1-10. DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2015.1029641  

  • June 25, 2015
  • 08:26 AM
  • 620 views

Travel and Sports: Timezones Used to Have an Effect on Winning Percentage in the NBA

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

It’s probably not surprising to you to learn that when an NBA team travels east of its “home” timezone, it’s more likely to win and when it travels west of its “home” timezone, it’s more likely to lose. However, you may … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 22, 2015
  • 08:07 AM
  • 761 views

Big Government NOT Linked to Greater Corruption

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

You hear it all the time: “Big government is the problem.” “We need to reduce the size of the government if we want to eliminate corruption.” As it turns out, just because the government grows in size doesn’t mean that corruption will … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 18, 2015
  • 07:50 AM
  • 736 views

Do Public Sector Employees Volunteer More Than Private Sector Employees?

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

I have a confession to make right off the bat — I wrote the headline for this post specifically to counter Betteridge’s law of headlines. If you’re familiar with it, then you’ve already realized that the answer to the question posed is yes. From the … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 15, 2015
  • 07:34 AM
  • 650 views

When Will the United States Next Have a Transformational President on Domestic Policy?

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

I was catching up on some of the journal articles I’ve accumulated to read over the last year and I one caught my eye: “Transformational and transactional presidents,” by Joseph Nye, Jr. In the article, Nye makes the case that … Continue reading →... Read more »

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