Pandemic-related stress leads to less employee engagement
Companies play an important role in helping their employees cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic - leaders who keep their employees’ well-being as a top concern can help their anxious workers stay engaged at work and encourage them to contribute to the broader community.
Candidates who lie more likely to win elections
Pundits tell us endlessly that the public has grown tired of candidates who say one thing on the election trail then do another when in office, yet they are still the ones more likely to gain our vote.
Romantic partners influence each other's goals
When one person within a couple avoids distress and conflicts, the other tries to do the same. And conversely, when one person seeks personal growth and meaningful experiences, the other wants to achieve them too.
Rising stress, depression in US linked to pandemic-related losses, media consumption
New research highlights the connection between mental health and exposure to media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting the need to step away from the television, computer or smartphone to protect psychological well-being.
Being in company boosts creativity
So many studies are now showing that working from home on a regular basis is bad for the individual, their family and the organization that employs them.
Is being generous the next beauty trend?
Poets and philosophers have suggested the link between moral and physical beauty for centuries. This study confirms that people who are perceived as more attractive are more likely to give, and givers are seen as more attractive.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
Disruptions like the corona crisis create new business opportunities
We increasingly need to expand the range of our ideas and get rid of old assumptions. We need to challenge not just our thinking, but how we think.
Stress, insomnia, and the immune system
Scientists have pinpointed the circuit in the brain that is responsible for sleepless nights in times of stress—and it turns out that circuit does more than make you toss and turn.
Warning: Epidemics are often followed by unrest
From the Black Death to the Spanish Flu, history teaches that social tension accumulated over an epidemic can lead to significant episodes of rebellion. Perhaps the same will be true of COVID.
Tylenol makes you take more risks
People who took acetaminophen—used by nearly one quarter of Americans each week—rated activities like “bungee jumping off a tall bridge” and “speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in a meeting at work” as less risky than people who took a placebo.
Desire to be in a group leads to harsher judgment of others
We can belong to many groups (a political party and a sports association for example) and the stronger we identify with them the more we adopt their “group think” and stoutly defend it—even if we don’t actually believe it.
How to boost tips and donations
Is the dueling preference approach - where the act of giving is framed as a choice between two options - more effective at increasing prosocial giving than traditional approaches?
Rethinking women's mental health following partner abuse
Researchers are arguing for a completely new approach to women’s mental health following intimate partner violence - one that sees a woman’s distress as a normal response, in a society where gender inequalities and biases underpin that violence.
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