Is there no such thing as the ‘optimism bias’?

The ‘optimism bias’ can be described as: …a cognitive bias that causes someone to believe that they themselves are less likely to experience a negative event. It is also known as unrealistic optimism or comparative optimism. (source) But this new study casts doubt over claims that people are ‘optimistically biased’ about the future, a tendency that is thought to… Read More Is there no such thing as the ‘optimism bias’?

The European boss of Meta/Facebook shows that the company doesn’t understand inclusiveness and (in)equality at all

Marco Derksen shared this interview with Angie Gifford from Facebook Europe and in the video, there is a very striking example of inclusiveness. Well, inclusiveness as understood by Meta/Facebook: their technology will make it possible for poor children who can’t afford a trip to Rome to take part through technology while the rich kids are… Read More The European boss of Meta/Facebook shows that the company doesn’t understand inclusiveness and (in)equality at all

Study reveals the possible negative effect on wellbeing of the integration of automation and AI in the workplace

A couple of years ago I experienced a big fear amongst my students that soon they would be replaced as teachers by computers. That is possibly why I’m not that surprised by the results of this study that demonstrates that the integration of automation and AI in the workplace has mixed, even negative impacts, on… Read More Study reveals the possible negative effect on wellbeing of the integration of automation and AI in the workplace

Predicting student self-motivation (Best Evidence in Brief)

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief and this time I picked this study from this biweekly newsletter written up by Justin Hill: A recent meta-analysis conducted by Julien S. Bureau and colleagues seeks to identify the strongest predictor of self-motivation in students by analyzing 144 studies consisting of a total of 79,079 participants. The study… Read More Predicting student self-motivation (Best Evidence in Brief)

When children are overtired, their facial expressions can forecast social problems years later

Of course, this study and insight is rather an example of correlation, but a very relevant one, IMHO, as researchers have found that inadequate sleep in children affects their emotional functioning in ways that may predict longer-term social problems. From the press release: “Sleep problems in children are routinely linked with lower social competence and… Read More When children are overtired, their facial expressions can forecast social problems years later