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  • March 28, 2014
  • 12:19 AM

Mindfulness in the [Legal] Workplace: The "Why" and "How" of [Lawyer] Worker Well-being

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Emotion management, mindfulness, and lawyers.  Necessary connections?  Important connections?  “Yes!”, on both counts.  Those conclusions stem from a reasoned application of the experiment results obtained by a team of Dutch scholars and reported in the article featured in this post.  They  investigated the “how” and “why” of the benefits of mindfulness in the service [...]
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  • March 21, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Women can keep the vote after all…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

You may recall the story posted on CNN in late 2012 about how women vote differently based on hormonal fluctuations. Unfortunately, because of how our brains work (and our attraction to outrageous stories, true or not), you may not recall that CNN removed the story in 7 hours due to internet backlash over an article […]

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  • March 14, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: Action aversion versus outcome aversion

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Today’s post focuses on ideas that will be familiar to many of you but the terms themselves will probably seem foreign. The research is about the role of emotion in our  decisions about moral issues. Essentially, the research looks at emotional pathways to moral condemnation. What motivates our reaction to tragic injury? Is it about […]

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  • March 12, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Do we want convicted felons to express guilt and shame, or no?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Almost three years ago, we blogged about what we called the Scott Peterson Effect – citing a 2001 literature review of 45 years of research on remorse in capital murder defendants. Now, we have new article on the role of shame and guilt in predicting recidivism. To these researchers, the difference between shame and guilt is critical, […]

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  • March 5, 2014
  • 05:41 PM

Got a Dollar? You May Be Happier if You Spend it on Someone Else

by amikulak in Daily Observations

A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have. According to […]... Read more »

Dunn, E., Aknin, L., & Norton, M. (2014) Prosocial spending and happiness: Using money to benefit others pays off. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23(1), 41-47. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413512503  

  • March 5, 2014
  • 09:30 AM

Will Work for Hot Dog?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Do you ever wonder how dogs are rewarded for taking part in scientific research? In some studies dogs are allowed to act naturally, but in others they need to learn something such as how to operate an apparatus they haven’t seen before, or to observe people interacting. Either way, you can’t guarantee canine cooperation. This week we thought we’d take a look at how dogs are motivated during the course of the research itself.Photo: kitty / ShutterstockNeedless to say, food is a common denom........ Read more »

Burman, O., McGowan, R., Mendl, M., Norling, Y., Paul, E., Rehn, T., & Keeling, L. (2011) Using judgement bias to measure positive affective state in dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 132(3-4), 160-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.04.001  

Range F, Huber L, & Heyes C. (2011) Automatic imitation in dogs. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 278(1703), 211-7. PMID: 20667875  

  • March 3, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Does cyber stalking really harm anyone?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Most of us realize that real life stalking is a serious issue and very frightening to the victim, whether male or female and whether young or old. But what about cyber stalking? While research on real life stalking has grown over the past two decades, actual research on cyber stalking is sparse–despite ever-increasing depictions on […]

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  • February 26, 2014
  • 01:32 AM

Here’s Why Adults Think Teenagers Sleep Too Much

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

The teenage ability to sleep past noon is one of the great joys of adolescence. It’s also one of the great headaches of parenthood. On weekends parents are up bright and early, but try as they might, they can’t get their teenage children to make use of the morning hours. A simple explanation for why […]... Read more »

  • February 23, 2014
  • 12:31 PM

Are People Wired to Help the Needy?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Humans tend to be altruistic creatures. Don’t be fooled by what you see on Black Friday or days when Congress votes on food stamp funding — we like helping each other out. A popular explanation for our behavior is that we have evolved to care for those in need and feel empathy when we come […]... Read more »

  • February 13, 2014
  • 07:00 AM

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Overpriced roses and generic greeting cards are flying off the shelves, only to be thrown in the trash in a day or two. Windows, storefronts, even drab office cubicles are […]... Read more »

  • February 12, 2014
  • 01:45 PM

Three Seconds: Poems, Cubes and the Brain

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

Temporal order can be assessed in a rather straightforward experimental manner. Research subjects can be provided sequential auditory clicks, one to each ear. If the clicks are one second apart, nearly all participants can correctly identify whether or not the click in the right ear came before the one in the left ear. It turns out that this holds true even if the clicks are only 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds) apart. The threshold for being able to correctly assign a temporal order to such brief........ Read more »

  • February 10, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Name that gadget, widget, or otherwise smart device!

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The movie Her plays with the idea of Joaquin Phoenix falling in love with a computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). And today’s research article isn’t far off that track but….it’s much more applicable to litigation advocacy. These researchers took on the issue of trust in autonomous driving vehicles (computer-controlled, rather than driver-operated– which […]

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  • February 6, 2014
  • 04:43 AM

Bullying at Work [Legal Organizations], Coping Strategies, and Health Problems

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Bullying, defined as the “repeated, systematic, and intentional negative behavior of one or more individuals directed at another individual”, causes stress and problems at work.  Bullying really hurts people and their organizations.  Bullies cause psychosomatic and physiologic complaints and psychological problems for their victims.  According to some definitions, bullying requires a power differential.  Most [...]
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Dehue, F., Bolman, C., Völlink, T., & Pouwelse, M. (2012) Coping with bullying at work and health related problems. . International Journal of Stress Management,. DOI: 10.1037/a0028969  

  • January 29, 2014
  • 09:15 AM

Sweet, Salt, Bitter, Sour - They Ain't The Half Of It

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

What are the tastes humans sense? Sweet salt, sour, and bitter – don’t forget umami. Even though it has been around since 1908, umami as a concept has hit it big in just the past decade or so. This makes one wonder, are there more tastes out there? How about fat. New research shows that there are fatty acid receptors in the oral cavity, and they do induce specific physiologic responses. Is this the same as tasting?

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Keller KL, Liang LC, Sakimura J, May D, van Belle C, Breen C, Driggin E, Tepper BJ, Lanzano PC, Deng L.... (2012) Common variants in the CD36 gene are associated with oral fat perception, fat preferences, and obesity in African Americans. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 20(5), 1066-73. PMID: 22240721  

Chan KQ, Tong EM, Tan DH, & Koh AH. (2013) What do love and jealousy taste like?. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 13(6), 1142-9. PMID: 24040883  

  • January 28, 2014
  • 11:53 PM

Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness and Acceptance of Thoughts and Emotions Helps Us Feel the “Pang” and Leads to Better Navigation of Our World

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Mindfulness practice, which involves present moment awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of present emotions and thoughts, works.  The authors of a recent psychological science commentary noted that the practice of mindfulness training seems to provide a number of benefits.  Its popularity has increased in Western cultures for several decades.  These things partly explain why psychological [...]The post Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness........ Read more »

  • January 24, 2014
  • 02:00 AM

What Increases Trust in Driverless Cars?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Driverless cars face a mountain of technological, legal, and regulatory barriers, but it seems likely that some type of autonomous vehicle will eventually reach the cusp of widespread use. At that point, assuming the vehicle hasn’t been made obsolete by the invention of the hoverboard, it will have to earn the trust and confidence of the people […]... Read more »

  • December 30, 2013
  • 12:36 PM

Meditation May Help Us Cut Our Losses

by amikulak in Daily Observations

There are certain things that are notoriously hard for us to do: Leaving the theater halfway through a terrible movie, deciding to quit a craft project that doesn’t look like […]... Read more »

  • December 29, 2013
  • 06:55 PM

Professional Education and Development Alert: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, and Interpersonal Sensitivity–Predictions About Medical School [Law School] Success In the Interpersonal Academic Performance Behavior Dimension

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Like the legal profession, the interpersonal behaviors of effective communication and interpersonal sensitivity matter greatly in the practice of medicine.  As a result of recent research, medical schools admissions committees and medical school faculty have some empirical support, and consequently may want start to assessing candidates for admission or medical students progressing through the [...]The post Professional Education and Development Alert: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communi........ Read more »

  • December 19, 2013
  • 03:55 PM

Alcohol Dampens Stress Responses, Especially for Uncertain Threats

by amikulak in Daily Observations

Whether it’s a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a tumbler of whiskey, people often turn to alcohol to calm their nerves. Anecdotally, alcohol does seem to help […]... Read more »

  • December 14, 2013
  • 01:15 AM

Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in Emotion Understanding as the “Best” Choice

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

A “compelling and robust correlation between the ability to understand emotion and counterpart mood” has been shown in the context of negotiation.  More specifically, from the results of their two studies in which they utilized an ability-based model of emotional intelligence, emotional intelligence researchers concluded that the “Practical implications of these findings are clear; [...]The post Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in E........ Read more »

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