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  • February 1, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Can you really sort out the liars from the truth tellers?

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

It’s broadly accepted that people are very poor at distinguishing between good liars and actual truth tellers. But researchers keep trying to figure out how we can do better. And for this, we are grateful. The latest entry in this research looks at the effect of increasing cognitive load and truth telling. Cognitive loading while [...]

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  • January 31, 2013
  • 10:20 AM

Finding the balance between work and home

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

(We're reporting from this month's Division of Occupational Psychology conference at the Digest. This post is by Dr Jon Sutton, Managing Editor of The Psychologist, and will also feature in that magazine's March issue. @jonmsutton / @psychmag)Who is responsible for work-life balance? The individual, the organisation, or even the legislative system? That was the question posed at the start of this symposium, and it became clear that ‘one size fits all’ polic........ Read more »

  • January 30, 2013
  • 11:49 AM

When is it just an email and when is it retaliation?

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

While we know that whistle-blowers are supposed to be protected from retaliation–we also know that defining retaliation can often be a murky process. What “feels like” retaliation to the frightened, defensive, anxious whistle-blower may not meet the legal standard of retaliation. But what if it does? “What if they and their actions become the subject [...]

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Prenkert, JD, Magid, JM, & Fetter-Harrott, A. (2013) Retaliatory disclosure: When identifying the complainant is an adverse action. . North Carolina Law Review. info:/

  • January 30, 2013
  • 06:36 AM

Are organisations led by the limbic system?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

(We're reporting from this month's Division of Occupational Psychology conference at the Digest. This post is by Dr Jon Sutton, Managing Editor of The Psychologist, and will also feature in that magazine's March issue. @jonmsutton / @psychmag)According to keynote speaker Gerard Hodgkinson (Professor of Strategic Management and Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School), ‘Descartes’s error is alive and well in the workplace’. In a bold and wide-ranging add........ Read more »

Hodgkinson, G., & Healey, M. (2008) Cognition in Organizations. Annual Review of Psychology, 59(1), 387-417. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.psych.59.103006.093612  

  • January 21, 2013
  • 10:06 AM

One personality to rule them all?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

(We're reporting from this month's Division of Occupational Psychology conference at the Digest. This post is from regular editor Alex Fradera, and the report will also feature in March issue of The Psychologist magazine.)Until recently I was pretty ignorant of the idea of a general factor of personality, a situation which undoubtedly hurt my psychology-nerd cred. I'm back on track now, thanks to an afternoon spent in Rob McIver's symposium on the matter.The general factor of personality, or GFP........ Read more »

  • January 18, 2013
  • 11:06 AM

The dark side of behaviour at work

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

The face that launched a thousand peer-reviewed journal articles beamed down from the stage as self-confessed ‘well adjusted workaholic’ Professor Adrian Furnham (University College London) began his keynote. Quips were in ready supply, but Furnham is much more than a crowd pleaser: this was a talk steeped in history and theory.According to Furnham, there are 70,000 books in the British Library with leadership in the title. But most leaders don’t succeed, they fail, with a base rate of bad........ Read more »

  • January 8, 2013
  • 05:52 AM

Psychopathic traits won't give an edge to entrepreneurs

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Most people in business would agree that the dog-eat-dog mentality most celebrated in the 1980s has passed its high water mark, giving ground to cultures that value collaboration and mutual benefit. Yet shows such as The Apprentice still depict ruthlessness and uncompromising nature as the hallmark of the business success, and fictional characters from Gordon Gecko to Patrick Bateman further the idea that value-creators are a little psychopathic. Investigation of the 'dark-side' traits of leader........ Read more »

  • December 31, 2012
  • 03:49 AM

The Year In Sports Research

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Think that being an academic is incompatible with being a die-hard sports nut? Think again. The greatest minds of our time are still hard at work figuring out exactly what’s going on with athletes, teams, and fans. Here’s the best of what they uncovered in 2012: Tax rates matter. A pair of new studies examined [...]... Read more »

  • December 24, 2012
  • 06:26 PM

Is the “Feminization” of Professional Titles a Good Thing?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

One item on the to-do list of progressive societies is creating a more gender-neutral language. There are generally two ways of doing this. The first, “neutralization,” involves using one gender-neutral word to refer to men and women — for example, referring to both math and female professors as “professor” instead of the Spanish method of [...]... Read more »

  • December 12, 2012
  • 11:03 AM

Games Defined: A New Taxonomy of Game Elements

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a new article appearing in Simulation & Gaming, Bedwell and colleagues[1] do what the game studies literature has generally not been able to do for games in general; they develop a taxonomy that defines what a serious game is.  This effort provides a road map for researchers exploring how games can contribute to learning. [...]

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  • December 5, 2012
  • 11:09 AM

Millenial Workers No Different from Anyone Else: A Meta-Analysis

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a recent meta-analysis appearing in the Journal of Business and Psychology, Costanza and colleagues[1] compare a wide variety of attitude variables between four generations of employees: Traditionals, Boomers, Gen X, and Millenials.  In a quantitative review of 20 articles on generational differences across 19,961 workers, the authors conclude that generational differences are small or [...]

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Costanza, D., Badger, J., Fraser, R., Severt, J., & Gade, P. (2012) Generational differences in work-related attitudes: A meta-analysis. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27(4), 375-394. DOI: 10.1007/s10869-012-9259-4  

  • December 1, 2012
  • 02:26 PM

System Justification Theory And the Inertia of School Reform

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Alexander Russo’s piece on the growing number of racially diverse charter schools has a telling quote from Success Academy’s Jenny Sedlis that gets to the heart of what makes education reform so difficult. Middle-class communities don’t want to be told that the options they have are not good enough. There’s an unwillingness to accept the fact [...]... Read more »

  • November 30, 2012
  • 12:11 PM

Intention to leave job driven by partner's perception of how work disrupts home life

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

We know that levels of work-family conflict can cross-over from an employee to their partner, loading them with their share of the stressors produced by such tension. Now new research shows how employee attitudes to work are influenced by cross-over from the other direction: their partner's perception of how much work is getting in the way of family life.A team led by Marla Baskerville Watkins approached individuals in a large sample of US government agency workers to identify those who were wil........ Read more »

Baskerville Watkins, M., Ren, R., Boswell, W., Umphress, E., Triana, M., & Zardkoohi, A. (2012) Your work is interfering with our life! The influence of a significant other on employee job search activity. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85(3), 531-538. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8325.2011.02050.x  

  • November 28, 2012
  • 09:30 AM

In Online Games, Those Who Are Harassed Will Themselves Harass Others

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In the most recent issue of Journal of Media Psychology, Ross and Weaver[1] investigate how the experience of negative griefing behaviors early in playing an online multiplayer games (like World of Warcraft) causes some new players to themselves grief others.  The authors attribute this primarily to observational learning – that people joining an online multiplayer [...]

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  • November 26, 2012
  • 12:22 PM

Adjustment to a new role is influenced by how your supervisor makes you feel

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Before every great employee, there was a new employee. Getting newcomers up to speed is crucial for organisations, so it's useful to know how this is supported or disrupted. Competing models suggest the supervisor as the decisive factor in onboarding, or that newcomers themselves are the crucial agent. A new article focuses on the interplay between the two: how a supervisor makes you feel shapes your behaviours that can make or break those early days.Suhsil Nifadkar, Anne Tsui and Blake Ash........ Read more »

  • November 21, 2012
  • 02:56 AM

Is Your Organization’s Commitment to Diversity Harming Minorities?

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

Society pays so much lip-service to the concept of diversity that it’s surprising some crazy right-wing talking head hasn't made a big stir by advocating homogeneity in the school and workplace. For many organizations this commitment to diversity involves the creation of “diversity structures” — initiatives such as management trainings, workshops, and diversity statements that are designed to quash any [...]... Read more »

Kaiser, C., Major, B., Jurcevic, I., Dover, T., Brady, L., & Shapiro, J. (2012) Presumed Fair: Ironic Effects of Organizational Diversity Structures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/a0030838  

  • November 20, 2012
  • 08:31 AM

Applicants' voluntary experience is valued by recruiters

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Job applicants with experience in voluntary roles may be tempted to report this to their prospective employers. But how favourably do recruiters regard these sorts of experience? Christa Wilkin and Catherine Connelly investigated this in a group of professional recruiters, providing them with CVs (resumes) constructed to differ systematically in the types of experience reported. They suspected that other things being equal, work experience may be favoured more when it comes with a wage, as durat........ Read more »

  • November 16, 2012
  • 10:43 AM

Can you be coached to better outcomes on a situational judgment test?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

The Situational judgment test (SJT), which asks respondents to choose their preferred course of action in a workplace scenario, has become a popular way of assessing fit to attributes of a job or organisational culture. It's used by governments, military, polices forces, and for educational selection such as certification of GPs (medical General Practitioners). Like other popular techniques, it has spawned an industry that promises to help people pass them. Can coaching enhance performance on su........ Read more »

Lievens, F., Buyse, T., Sackett, P., & Connelly, B. (2012) The Effects of Coaching on Situational Judgment Tests in High-stakes Selection. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 20(3), 272-282. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2389.2012.00599.x  

  • November 14, 2012
  • 09:30 AM

Germans Remember More From Wikis Written by German Soccer Fans

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Although the title of this article may seem a little odd, that is exactly the finding that Matschke and colleagues[1] describe in a new article appearing in Cyberlearning, Behavior, and Social Networking.  This was not precisely what the authors set out to discover, however.  What they actually wanted to know was this: Do people remember [...]
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Matschke, C., Moskaliuk, J., & Kimmerle, J. (2012) The impact of group membership on collaborative learning with wikis. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0254  

  • November 13, 2012
  • 02:31 PM

The danger of choosing what to buy when you feel worse off

by Adriana Wilner in Academic Radar

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Sharma, E., & Alter, A. (2012) Financial Deprivation Prompts Consumers to Seek Scarce Goods. Journal of Consumer Research, 39(3), 545-560. DOI: 10.1086/664038  

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