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Interest and Success
Maintaining an interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout. "Our research shows that interest is important in the process of pursuing goals. It allows us to perform at high levels without wearing out," said Paul O'Keefe, who conducted the studies as a doctoral student in Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, along with associate professor Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia. The studies suggest that if people experience activities as both enjoyable and personally significant - two important components of interest - their chance of success increases.
Paul A. O'Keefe, Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University. "The Role of Interest in Optimizing Performance and Self-Regulation."
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 062014
Benefiting from creative activity
Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job, said Kevin Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology. "A lot of organizations carve time out where they talk about physical heath and exercise and eating habits, but they can also include in that a discussion of mental health and the importance of recovery and creative activity," he said.
San Francisco State University. Journal of Occupational and Organizational
Procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked, suggesting that the two traits stem from similar evolutionary
origins. The research indicates that the traits are related to our ability to successfully pursue and juggle
“Everyone procrastinates at least sometimes, but we wanted to explore why some people procrastinate more than others and why procrastinators seem more likely to make rash actions and act without thinking,” explains psychological scientist and study author Daniel Gustavson of the University of Colorado Boulder.
Psychological Science. 042014
Mentally challenging jobs may keep your mind sharp
A mentally demanding job may stress you out but can provide important benefits after you retire.
"Our study suggests that certain kinds of challenging jobs have the potential to enhance and protect workers' mental functioning in later life," said Gwenith Fisher, a faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and assistant professor of psychology at Colorado State University.
University of Michigan. Occupational Health Psychology. 032014
Difference between winning and losing
"The goal of the program is to train the brain to better respond to the inputs that it gets from the eye," Aaron Seitz says. "As with most other aspects of our function, our potential is greater than our normative level of performance. When we go to the gym and exercise, we are able to increase our physical fitness; it's the same thing with the brain. By exercising our mental processes we can promote our mental fitness."
... "Understanding the rules of brain plasticity unlocks great potential for improvement of health and wellbeing," Seitz says.
University of California, Riverside. Current Biology. 022014
Feeling 'in control' can help you live longer
People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier
lives. Brandeis University and University of Rochester. Health Psychology.
Training your brain using neurofeedback
A new brain-imaging technique enables people to "watch" their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in predetermined brain regions. The study demonstrates that magnetoencephalography can be used as a potential therapeutic tool to control and train specific targeted brain regions. This advanced brain-imaging technology has important clinical applications for numerous neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions.
McGill University. Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. Neuro,
People who enjoy life maintain better physical function in daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less.
Canadian Medical Association Journal. 012014
"We thought at first it would be better to have innovators around you," said IU cognitive scientist Robert Goldstone, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. "But in our experiments, if people are surrounded by imitators, they actually do better."
"Social Learning Strategies in Networked Groups" Cognitive Science. Indiana University. 122013
In the blink of an eye
Imagine seeing a dozen pictures flash by in a fraction of a second. You might think it would be impossible to identify any images you see for such a short time. However, a team of neuroscientists from MIT has found that the human brain can process entire images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Attention, Perception, and
Health and wealth connected?
We ring in the new year with hopes of being healthy, wealthy, and wise. A new study led by SDSU professor John Ayers suggests that from a public health standpoint, health and wealth may be connected.
San Diego State University. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 012014
How stories may change the brain
“Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person,” says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study and the director of Emory’s Center for Neuropolicy.
Just thinking about running, for instance, can activate the neurons associated with the physical act of running.
“The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” Berns says. “We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically.”
Emory University. Brain Connectivity. 012014
Self-worth boosts ability to overcome poverty
For people in poverty, remembering better times - such as past success -
improves brain functioning by several IQ points and increases their willingness to seek help from crucial
The findings suggest that reconnecting the poor with feelings of self-worth reduces the powerful stigma and psychological barriers that make it harder for low-income individuals to make good decisions or access the very assistance services that can help them get back on their feet.
"This study shows that surprisingly simple acts of self-affirmation can improve the cognitive function and behavioural outcomes of people in poverty," says University of British Columbia professor Jiaying Zhao.
Zhao and co-authors Eldar Shafir of Princeton University and Crystal Hall of University of Washington theorize that self-affirmation alleviates the mentally overwhelming stigma and cognitive threats of poverty, which can impair reasoning, cause bad decisions and perpetuate financial woes.
This study builds on previous research by Zhao and colleagues from Princeton, Harvard and University of Warwick, which found that poverty consumes so much mental energy that those in poor circumstances have little remaining brainpower to concentrate on other areas of life.
As a result, less "mental bandwidth" remains for education, training, time-management, assistance programs and other steps that could help break out of the cycles of poverty.
University of British Columbia. Psychological Science. 122013
Goals affect feelings of pride and shame after success and failure
According to researchers at Penn State and Australia's Central Queensland University, a person's goals at the outset of a competence-based task, such as a sporting event, can influence how much shame or pride he or she feels upon completion of the task. Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. 122013
Wellbeing at Work ...
Research reveals positive aspects of working life – such as high levels of control at work, good support from supervisors and colleagues, and feeling cared for – support higher levels of wellbeing among workers.
Queen Mary University of London. 112013
Researchers have created a test that measures a person’s creativity from spoken words.
Neuroscientist Jeremy Gray is an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program. Co-researchers are Ranjani Prabhakaran from the National Institute of Mental Health and Adam Green from Georgetown University.
Neuroscientists discover new 'mini-neural computer' in the brain
Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that these dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain's computing power.
"Suddenly, it's as if the processing power of the brain is much greater than we had originally thought," said Spencer Smith, PhD, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine.
University of North Carolina Health Care. Nature. 102013
Mercedes-Benz Becomes Global Sponsor
Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, announced that Mercedes-Benz will enter into a new worldwide partnership with the Masters, beginning at the 2014 Tournament. Having been an International Partner of the Masters since 2008, Mercedes-Benz will now become a Global Sponsor, joining AT&T and IBM.
"The Masters is the most prestigious golf tournament in the world and this partnership aligns with our strategy to place Mercedes-Benz at the forefront of premier sporting events," said Stephen Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. "Mercedes-Benz has a long-standing history with golf and to be associated as a Global Sponsor of the Masters strengthens our existing ties with one of the world's most popular and widely played sports."
Mercedes-Benz USA. 042013
Self-affirmation improves problem-solving under stress
It's no secret that stress increases your susceptibility to health problems, and it also impacts your ability to solve problems and be creative. But methods to prevent associated risks and effects have been less clear – until now.
New research provides evidence that self-affirmation can protect against the damaging effects of stress on problem-solving performance. Understanding that self-affirmation - the process of identifying and focusing on one's most important values - boosts stressed individuals' problem-solving abilities will help guide future research and the development of educational interventions.
Carnegie Mellon University. 052013
Distance may be key in successful
Adding physical distance between people during negotiations may lead to more mutually beneficial outcomes, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.
Psychologist Marlone Henderson examined how negotiations that don't take place in person may be affected by distance. He compared distant negotiators (several thousand feet away) with those who are nearby (a few feet away) in three separate studies. While much work has examined the consequences of different forms of non-face-to-face communication, previous research has not examined the effects of physical distance between negotiators independent of other factors. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 012011
According to research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, posture plays an important role in determining whether people act as though they are really in charge. The research finds that “posture expansiveness,” or positioning oneself in a way that opens up the body and takes up space, activates a sense of power that produces behavioral changes in a person independent of their actual rank or hierarchical role in an organization.
“Powerful Postures Versus Powerful Roles: Which Is the Proximate Correlate of Thought and Behavior?” Psychological Science, 012011
Coaching with compassion can 'light up' human thoughts
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University used an fMRI to document reactions in the human brain to compassionate and critical coaching methods. Students tended to activate areas of the brain associated with
openness to learning when working with coaches who inspired them. Students tended to shut down when coaches were perceived as judgmental.
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