Nonpharmaceutical interventions saved lives and eased burdens during COVID's first wave
This article reveals how researchers hope their findings will dispel some falsehoods that continue to circulate to this day.
Could insights from ants help people build better transportation networks?
If roads were better tailored to the ways goods and people move through our cities, how could transportation networks be more efficient?
What math can teach us about standing up to bullies
In a time of income inequality and ruthless politics, people with outsized power or an unrelenting willingness to browbeat others often seem to come out ahead.
Cooperation among strangers has increased since the 1950s
While Americans’ cooperation has increased over time, their beliefs about others’ willingness to cooperate has actually declined.
Context-dependent behavior can make cooperation flourish
People can adopt different behaviors depending on the social context they’re in: A person who is generous and caring at home may be cutthroat at work, a self-centered neighbor may be a model of altruism on Twitter. New research shows this context-dependent behavior tends to promote the spread of cooperative behavior across a whole society.
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.
How coworkers impact the value of your skills
In today’s world, most workers are highly specialized, but this specialization can come at a cost—especially for those on the wrong team. New research uncovers the importance of teams and coworkers when it comes to one’s productivity, earning potential, and stays of employment.
Workplace resilience programs might not make any difference
Workplace resilience programs, designed to bolster mental health and wellbeing, and encourage employees to seek help when issues arise, might not make any difference, suggests research published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
You did what with my donation? When donors feel betrayed by charities
When people learn that a charitable contribution they earmarked for a specific project was used for another cause, they feel betrayed - and often punish the charity.
Groups work better when stakes are gradually increased
A gradual approach to increasing the stakes of group coordination projects can improve overall team performance, according to a new research paper.
Feeling moments of support improve wellness
Poets and songwriters may tend to focus their artistry on passion and romance, but it may be those unsung, brief feelings of love throughout the day that are connected with psychological well-being.
How human population growth came from our ability to cooperate
Humans may owe their place as Earth’s dominating species to their ability to share and cooperate with each other. The hunter-gatherer hunting or gathering teams consisted of between three and seven individuals. This is exactly the number that modern high performing teams are made up of.
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