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Multitasking and its Effect on Productivity
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Post No.: 0401   Furrywisepuppy says:   We are generally overconfident in our ability to do multitasking. Doing a lot of media multitasking is actually related to lower performances in formal tests of concentration and task-switching.   There are auditory-verbal, … Read More

Train Dogs by Rewarding Desired Behaviours
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Post No.: 0400   Furrywisepuppy says:   Shall we talk a little about training pooches now?   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Let’s do it!   Furrywisepuppy says:   Dogs, and cats, respond well to conditioning – specifically positive reinforcement training if … Read More

Facts are One Thing, Subjective Values are Another
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Post No.: 0399   Furrywisepuppy says:   Human rights don’t arise from genetic evolution per se – nothing in genetic evolution or ‘survival of the fittest’ even says that people must behave morally. Humans have genetic instincts for both compassion … Read More

Creating Addicted Users Through Habit-Forming Design
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Post No.: 0398   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Electronic devices and apps, such as mobile phones and social media apps, bring enormous benefits, including connecting users from all over the world so that we can keep in touch, share our stories … Read More

Resonant and Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
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Post No.: 0397   Furrywisepuppy says:   In the context of resonant leadership – emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, understand and use emotional information about oneself so that it leads to or causes effective performance in everybody; social … Read More

Risk Your Next Meal or Your Second Home?
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Post No.: 0396   Furrywisepuppy says:   Every rich person tends to become a ‘businessperson’, no matter how they initially made or inherited their wealth – but that’s only because once someone has enough to live on and has a … Read More

A Teacher in Tune With Her or His Pupils
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Post No.: 0395   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The animals that (need to) learn the most, and that are the most creative, are those animals that play the most. Playing is essentially about learning – about experimenting and mastering – whether … Read More

Attending to Factors Other than Our Income
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Post No.: 0394   Furrywisepuppy says:   Once we have enough money to afford the basics, for safety and reasonable security – how we can raise our levels of happiness any further will primarily depend on factors other than our … Read More

News Cycles, and Political and Local Biases
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Post No.: 0393   Furrywisepuppy says:   A perfect event at the wrong time is often ignored and wasted, whereas a bad event at the perfect time in the news cycle often gets picked up anyway. (Likewise, a perfect product … Read More

Combating Groupthink and Social Loafing
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Post No.: 0392   Furrywisepuppy says:   The wisdom of a diverse crowd usually leads to better solutions in certain contexts (check out Post No.: 0090). But when that diversity is absent or when people just mindlessly follow each other … Read More

The Morality Maze and Ad Hoc Moral Rationalisations
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Post No.: 0391   Furrywisepuppy says:   Morality doesn’t just differ between different cultures but can differ between different individuals within the same country – often to suit individual people’s own particular worldviews, lifestyles and aspirations! There seems to be … Read More

The Stages of Sleep, and the Benefits of a Nap
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Post No.: 0390   Furrywisepuppy says:   Ever wondered what’s actually happening when you’re sleeping? It’s a more active process than you may realise…   When we sleep, we go through roughly 90-minute (60-100-minute) sleep cycles. The stages of sleep … Read More

The Ultimatum Game and Dictator Game
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Post No.: 0389   Fluffystealthkitten says:   People can behave quite irrationally, particularly when money is involved! Since money was invented rather than is something that’s innately natural – hence the human species didn’t exactly evolve with it in their … Read More

Care About But Don’t Worry About Being Wrong
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Post No.: 0388   Furrywisepuppy says:   The more you know, the more humble you actually become because the more you will know how much the entire human species in total yet understands so far, never mind any single person … Read More

Religion for Social Support, Purpose and Meaning
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Post No.: 0387   Furrywisepuppy says:   Religiosity or spirituality is, generally, correlated with better health outcomes, such as lower levels of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, hypertension, emphysema, some cancers, chronic pain and premature death overall. This may be … Read More

Too Much Stress Makes a Giant Mess
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Post No.: 0386   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A little bit of stress is beneficial for optimum performance but too much at once, or any amount for too long, will have a drastic negative effect, not just on one’s performance but … Read More

Rules, Behaviours and Consequences
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Post No.: 0385   Furrywisepuppy says:   A child’s self-discipline is formed early in life and continues into adulthood. Neither a ‘softly-softly’ nor a ‘stern and threatening’ approach tends to work to get a child to resist temptation in the … Read More

The Effects of Brands on Consumers
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Post No.: 0384   Furrywisepuppy says:   Brands set up expectations in our minds as consumers, plus we remember past experiences with those brands, which shape how we feel with subsequent experiences with those brands. Brands imbue values and affect … Read More

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