People only pay attention to new information when they want to
How often do you visit websites that you disagree with? If you watch MSNBC do you also tune into Fox News? If you subscribe to the Sydney Morning Herald, do you also subscribe to the Australian? To the Daily Mail and the Guardian? How often do you really listen to the opinions of people that you don’t agree with?
Workplace bias suppression can be difficult to sustain
Decision-making that overrides one’s personal views and self-interests, also known as bias suppression, is often touted as an essential institutional objective. However it can be challenging to sustain from one decision to the next.
Human instinct better than algorithms in detecting online "deception"
Can we trust our gut instinct? We often assume the human brain is no match for a computer but with practice in looking for deception cues, we may be able to rely on our gut instinct when it comes to detecting fake online reviews.
Gender bias in the workplace starts with communication during recruitment
80% of jobs are communicated to people informally and these communications are often riddled with gender bias, providing a female (versus male) candidate with a less positive description of a leadership position, especially when the decision maker is more conservative.
The market advantage of a feminine brand name
The number of syllables in a name, which syllable is stressed, and the ending sound, all convey masculine or feminine gender. People automatically associate name length, stress, and ending sound with men’s or women’s names because most people’s names follow certain rules.
Why are we biased against people who look different?
Understanding the psychology of the human bias against facial anomalies can help in the design of interventions to educate the public about the social burdens shouldered by people who look different.
Countries and states with greatest age biases
While aging is looked at as something that’s inevitable and a part of everyone’s life, it’s viewed very differently around the world and in different environments—which could be detrimental for people’s health and well-being.
'Happy ending effect' can bias future decisions
Two different parts of the brain compete with each other when we make decisions based on past experience, causing us to overvalue experiences that end well despite starting badly, and undervalue experiences that end badly despite starting well.
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.
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”.
Facial expressions don't tell the whole story of emotion
Interacting with other people is almost always a game ofreading cues and volleying back. We think a smile conveys happiness, so weoffer a smile in return. We think a frown shows sadness, and maybe we attemptto cheer that person up.
Effective ways to include people with disabilities in the workplace
Since the advent of farming, humans have not been good at looking after the disabled members of their society. Yet our hunter-gatherer ancestors and even the Neanderthals regarded all members of their small bands as precious. Only in comparatively recent times have we as a society seen fit to make allowance for disability.
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