Socioemotional selectivity theory? Don't worry, we'll explain! We take a different approach this week by looking at an article by Laura Carstensen titled, 'The Influence of a Sense of Time on Human Development'. Goals, preferences and even cognitive processes change as our perception of time remaining shrinks or grows.
Want to come across as more likeable? Social science has an answer for you, and it's simpler than you might think: ask more questions. This week, Dan and Akin discuss a study that finds we humans underestimate the value of asking questions.
Research Paper: 'It doesn’t hurt to ask: Question-asking increases liking.' by Huang, Karen, Michael Yeomans, Alison Wood Brooks, Julia Minson, and Francesca Gino
Akin and Dan are joined by a guest in this episode to discuss the IKEA effect - the phenomena that causes individuals to overvalue self-made products. Their guest is Bruce Daisley, author of 'The Joy of Work: And 25 Ways to Find It' and host of 'Eat Sleep Work Repeat', a Apple #1 Business Podcast on happiness and work culture. We hope you enjoy!
Research Paper: 'The IKEA effect: When labor leads to love' by Michael I. Norton, Daniel Mochon & Dan Ariely
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger? Dan and Akin go back and forth over a research paper that proves the old adage correct. It is possible, probable even, that by persevering through failure, you come out the other side harder, better, faster, stronger.
Research Paper: 'Early-career setback and future career impact' by Yang Wang, Benjamin F. Jones & Dashun Wang
WARNING! The following episode may cause you to delete your Facebook account. Dan and Akin bump heads with Facebook, the bad boy of social media, attending to research linking negative emotional states with time spent on the site.
Research Paper: 'Facebook’s emotional consequences: Why Facebook causes a decrease in mood and why people still use it.' by Christina Sagioglou and Tobias Greitemeyer
Dan and Akin get existential, sinking their chops into a study that finds a direct correlation between your sense of purpose and how long you'll live. Fire up some incense for this one!
Research Paper: 'Purpose in Life as a Predictor of Mortality Across Adulthood' by Patrick L. Hill, Nicholas A. Turiano
Anxiety vs. Excitement. The brain has a lot more ability and potential than we give it credit for when we're stressed. Dan and Akin unravel research that finds you can improve performance by reappraising anxiety as excitement.
Research Paper: 'Get Excited: Reappraising Pre-Performance Anxiety as Excitement' by Alison Wood Brooks
Ring the alarm! Dan and Akin don their intellectual overalls taking on a study that contributes a more nuanced understanding of gender, emotions and organisational culture. The organisational culture in this case being the male-dominated environments of fire departments.
Research Paper: 'Is Love All You Need? The Effects of Emotional Culture, Suppression, and Work–Family Conflict on Firefighter Risk-Taking and Health' by Olivia Amanda O’Neill and Nancy P. Rothbard
Dan and Akin set their sights on the workplace. More explicitly, the people in leadership positions. Why is there so much talk about humble leadership and what does it even mean?
Research Paper: 'Modeling How to Grow: An Inductive Examination of Humble Leader Behaviors, Contingencies, and Outcomes' by Bradley P. Owens and David R. Hekman
Hiders and revealers captivate Dan and Akin in this installation. They squeeze experiments exploring people’s decisions to share or withhold personal information, and the wisdom of such decisions.
Research Paper: 'Hiding Personal Information Reveals the Worst' by Leslie K. John, Kate Barasz and Michael I. Norton