It’s not a myth in one of our books, but it’s something that a lot of people seem to think: robots are coming to take over our jobs. A new study shows now that only 14% of workers say they’ve seen their job replaced by a robot. But those who have experienced job displacement due… Read More There’s no need to panic about a pending robot takeover just yet!
Creativity is a hot topic for decades now. One of the most popular TED videos and of my most popular blog posts ever is also about this skill (although is it truly a skill?). In my post – also in our first Urban Myth book – we already mentioned one of the critical issues: there… Read More Is there a link between creativity and intelligence? We may have a problem.
If you want to know about the research behind this, check this post! Follow your passion is the biggest bullshit successful billionaires tell young people Via @profgalloway pic.twitter.com/XF9BtsdtI6 — Alvin Foo (@alvinfoo) August 8, 2022
For some readers, this will not come as a surprise, but as you can read or hear pleas sometimes for schools without stress, this new study shows it is again a bit more complicated than that. Actually, ‘good’ stress can help develop resilience and reduce the risk of developing mental issues! Nothing really new in… Read More Some types of stress can actually be good for you
I’ve written before about the imposter syndrome, the idea that a person can have any success is due to external circumstances or just luck and chance and people will find out soon. New research shows that even under real-life conditions the phenomenon can appear regardless of age, gender, and intelligence. In short: The Impostor Phenomenon… Read More New – depressing – research on the Impostor Phenomenon
A new study by Brucks and Levav published in Nature examined the effects of meeting online versus in person in relation to creative idea generation. They did both a lab and a field experiment. In the laboratory experiment, we randomly assigned half of the pairs to work together in person and the other half to… Read More Maybe we should meet IRL: Virtual communication curbs creative idea generation
How pleasant is cognitive effort? This is a difficult question to answer. People like doing puzzles, but at the same time, my students sometimes sigh if I make them think. It looks like people like to take the path of least resistance when it comes to cognitive effort. Researchers have now come to a different… Read More How pleasant is cognitive effort?
You’ve been in school almost your whole life and now you want to take a year off before going to college. Maybe this sounds like a good idea – if you can afford it – but new research by Evan Riehl, assistant professor in the ILR School, and co-author Nicolás de Roux of the Universidad… Read More Maybe that gap year isn’t such a good idea after all?
Wait, is blogging working or not? If so, I could be in trouble as working a nontraditional schedule, and checking in at all hours of the day, night and weekends, is not necessarily a good thing. No shit, Sherlock: Working during non-standard (vs. standard) work time harms intrinsic motivation. This is driven by upward counterfactual… Read More Depressing find: Working, studying in ‘off’ hours can harm motivation
“Changing your daily schedule to better suit your biological clock may help you become more productive. Discover when your peak times might be.” I found this claim here, but there is much, much more. But is this correct? New research says ‘probably not’, although the amount of test persons is not that big, to be fair. From the… Read More Productivity gurus are probably incorrect when they talk about doing tasks and the biological clock