In business, in science and in life, even cherished assumptions can be wrong
I am forever stressing to my clients, and those in workshops which I lead, the importance of testing all assumptions, no matter how deeply ingrained in yourself, the organization or society at large.
The effect of natural disasters on criminal - and charitable - activity in the USA
Despite a popular notion of widespread looting and chaos in the wake of major disasters, communities impacted by disasters actually experience a decrease in crime, along with a marked increase in philanthropic activity amongst people that live in nearby areas.
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.
US political parties become extremist to get more votes
The two major US political parties have been getting more and more polarized since World War II, while historical data indicates the average American voter remains just as moderate on key issues and policies as they always have been.
Society perceives the poor as less affected by distress than those with more means
Negative life events can cause significant hardship and even lifelong trauma. The poor are perceived to be “hardened” by these events and therefore less harmed by them than those with more means, even when this is patently false.
How conspiracy theories emerge -- and how their storylines fall apart
With COVID-19 conspiracy theories in abundance, can artificial intelligence be used to break down the connections which glue conspiracies together?
People try to do right by each other, no matter the motivation
The motivation for altruism is rooted in our need for collaboration and status. We feel increased status when we behave generously—even when no one else notices our generosity.
We believe we're less likely than others are to fall for online scams
More research shows how bad we are at judging ourselves, underestimating our own exposure to risk. With millions of people working from home, COVID-19 threatens to wreak havoc on the world's cyber health.
People may know the best decision - and not make it
People make decisions based on a “gut feeling,” a habit, or what worked for them last time, rather than on what they have learned will work most often.
How couples weather the COVID-19 financial storm
It’s all very well to “be there” for your partner, but unless you know that that means for them, you’re not going to get very far. We assume we know and, statistically, 90% of the time we don’t.
Toxic personality but still successful professionally?
Toxic personality is a term used to describe people who behave greedily, immodestly and unfairly and take the truth very lightly (again, no DT jokes). Researchers have now found out why such people can still succeed in their careers. The trick that leads to the top is social skill. The results were published in the journal “Personality and Individual Differences”.
Courtrooms are full of bad science
In television crime dramas, savvy lawyers overcome improbable odds to win their cases by presenting seemingly iron-clad scientific evidence. In real-world courtrooms, however, the quality of scientific testimony can vary wildly, making it difficult for judges and juries to distinguish between solid research and so-called junk science.
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