Research suggests that a man’s cognitive ability is impaired after interacting with woman. Now, two studies show that merely anticipating future interaction has a similar effect. And the effect is also seen when men are led to believe that they are interacting with a woman via computer.
Well, as it turns out, Morris had a hidden agenda. He wasn’t interested in asteroids at all, but in the way that fonts can effect people’s thinking. As he explains in a two-part follow-up post:
We all know that we are influenced in many, many ways — many of which we remain blissfully unaware of. Could fonts be one of them? Could the mere selection of a font influence us to believe one thing rather than another? Could fonts work some unseen magic? Or malefaction?
Organizations tend to regard transparency as a virtue. Certainly it’s a good thing when it comes to financial statements and accounting principles. But when it comes to managing people, or harnessing the creativity of all contributors to a team, too much transparency may actually inhibit progress. A recent article by HDSL investigator Ethan Bernstein reflects on the case of a manufacturing facility where limiting transparency actually led to the improved productivity — exactly because it empowered worker autonomy.
We’re often asked what relevance the science pursued in the laboratory here has to the world outside. Here’s a very readable summary by Wray Herbert of a study conducted by Eran Halperin of the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel), in which emotion regulation — a focus of scientific study — was translated into a training protocol by which a randomly selected group of subjects were taught techniques of cognitive reappraisal. The result might hold clues to policy prescriptions that could help defuse conflict and open greater possibilities for conciliation and stable negotiated settlements.
Everyone wants their doctor to be both competent and caring. Medical knowledge can be taught. But is the same true of empathy? A recent article by Pauline Chen in the New York Times details a study using psychophysiology tools to help teach empathy to doctors in training. Read the article on the Times’ website here.
New op-ed in the Washington Post from Jonathan Renshon, Jennifer Lerner and Philip Tetlock that talks about the factors that affect a decision to drop out of a presidential race, or continue. Check it out here.