Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Do You See? A Circles Illusion

Moving circles psychology illusion

Keep your head still, stare at the dot in the center of the image and you will see two concentric circles with broken circumferences. Move your head back and forth though, and you will experience something a bit more special.

Always remember to be flexible. A change in perspective can bring great rewards!

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Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice (Video)

American psychologist Barry Schwartz makes the case that while having some choice is good; having too many options can promote paralysis and dissatisfaction. He argues that excessive, complicated choices can lead to regret and anticipated regret, opportunity costs, escalation of expectations and self-blame. Schwartz also discusses global economic problems and proposes income redistribution between societies with too many options and those with too few options, resulting in significant benefits for everyone.

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It Doesn’t Take Long To Pick Up the Toys When Everyone Helps

cooperation in business

Cooperation isn’t just a “nice-to-do,” it is a survival mechanism for organizations. It also appears that it is the same for the human species. Our evolution has depended on our willingness and ability to cooperate. Continue reading

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Can Food Be Male or Female?

food gender associations

Is your lunch male or female? Odd question to ask isn’t it? But odd as it might seem, western culture does show strong associations between gender and food. We live in a world where ladies are expected to eat either fruit or vegetable salads while manly men consume red meat. And it is not difficult to see why we have these perceptions; meat, as a product of the hunt, has been associated with strength and power for ages — two features usually linked with masculinity. In fact, so prominent is the meat-male linkage that researchers Paul Rozin, Julia M. Hormes, Myles S. Faith and Brian Wansink carried out a series of experiments to investigate it. Continue reading

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Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts (Video)

In this video Susan Cain distinguishes between introversion and shyness, and discusses the current cultural bias which favors extroversion in schools and in the workplace. She argues that solitude is often an essential ingredient for independent thinking and that introverts should not be stigmatized for seeking it out. Cain also emphasizes the point that introverts are a vital creative resource in tackling current world problems and that their talents and abilities should be encouraged and celebrated.

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