Business Skills

Draw to Remember Better

What’s the most effective memory trick? New studies now point to drawing as a mnemonic strategy, boosting memory performance.  […]

Professor's Perspective

Cursed Movies? No. Confirmation Bias? Probably.

Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote.” Many have heard of the “cursed” movies: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist and others that brought misfortune and even death to those who worked on them. But is this the work of the supernatural, or confirmation bias? […]

Psychology

What Makes Us Human—Identifying a Universal Set of Emotions

When it comes to asking how we measure emotions, the first question we should probably address is whether or not there’s a basic, universal set of emotions across cultures. If so, which ones are they? Paul Eckman, addressed exactly this question of whether or not there are universal emotions, and if so, which ones. He decided to focus on facial expressions, given that across all cultures all individuals have the same facial musculature. […]

Professor's Perspective

Culture Fit vs. Authenticity: When Being Yourself Collides with Organizational Values

Culture Fit vs. Authenticity: “Authenticity is the holy grail of diversity efforts: “Bring your whole self to work.” Yet adaptation to the preferences and norms of others is at the core of cultural intelligence. How do we give people the safety to be themselves while also expecting flexibility as a “team player”? And when are an organization’s values unifying and when do they squelch diversity and innovation? […]

Psychology

Conscientiousness: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

The fourth member of the big five is the trait of conscientiousness, which reflects the degree to which people are responsible and dependable. Conscientiousness comes down to whether people usually do what they should, and whether they try to do it well. Of course, responsibly doing what one should depends on a number of separate characteristics, and most of these underlying attributes are part of conscientiousness. […]

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Psychology

Neuroticism: The Big Five Personality Types Explained

The second most important personality trait is usually called neuroticism, but because the word neuroticism has such negative connotations, many researchers now call it emotional stability. Whatever we call it, the central feature of neuroticism or emotional stability is the degree to which people experience negative emotions. […]

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