How the brain responds to reward is linked to socioeconomic background
If your brain tells you there’s a high chance you’re going to receive a reward, will it motivate you to collect more rewards? This article looks at how our environment can influence our behavior.
Praising essential workers is not just a good thing, it's critical to their recovery from burnout
Remember all those Twitter and Instagram posts thanking front-line workers after the COVID pandemic hit? Turns out those were a big deal to essential workers. Unfortunately, not all the essential workers felt the love, and that had major negative impacts.
Sales and self: The non-economic value of selling the fruits of one's labor
Individuals offering their self-made products interpret sales as a positive signal from the market, like customers telling them they are skilled and competent producers. Artisans who sell more of their self-made products feel more competent, which in turn makes them happier.
Praise that slays: How complimenting a competitor can drive a firm's revenues
Brands typically avoid complimenting their competitors because they don’t want to offer a rival brand free publicity. However, experiments with brand-to-brand praise led to more positive consequences for the praising brand, including greater brand engagement and higher sales.
The reward system and decision-making
Scientists have, for the first time, recorded real-time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. Dopamine is the main component in all mammalian reward systems and is also critical to learning and memory.
Anxious about COVID-19? Your future offspring can be affected.
One of the things we know for sure about the current pandemic is that it has created a vast amount of stress, fear and anxiety. Just the things that the human system hates most (along with change).
Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork
I find that when I’m working, I’m usually humming or whistling a tune that’s been around in my head for a while. Sometimes it’s classical, or from opera—Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Bizet usually—and at other times folk or country and western. I have often wondered about the relationship between music and work.
Plants can improve your work life
Alicia and I have long advised that workplaces should have a large number of living plants dotted around as they increase people’s mental wellbeing and reduce workers’ stress levels and depression according to studies we referenced in our book Creating Optimism.
Chronic adversity dampens dopamine production
People exposed to a lifetime of psychosocial adversity may have an impaired ability to produce the dopamine levels needed for coping with acutely stressful situations.
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