Squeezing the Orange
Nostalgia: Past, Present and Future

Nostalgia: Past, Present and Future

April 29, 2020

Centuries of research have turned our understanding of nostalgia on its head. What was once believed to be a psychiatric disorder is now hailed as serving key psychological functions. Dan and Akin squeeze the findings.

 - Research Paper: 'Nostalgia: Past, Present, and Future' by Constantine Sedikides, Tim Wildschut, Jamie Arndt and Clay Routledge

Loving-Kindness Meditation: Positive Emotions, Life Satisfaction and Reduced Depression

Loving-Kindness Meditation: Positive Emotions, Life Satisfaction and Reduced Depression

April 22, 2020

If you're into meditation, you're going to love this! If you're not already into it, this might be what draws you in. Dan and Akin squeeze research which finds you can significantly improve your life without having to lift a finger.

 - Research Paper: 'Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources' by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Michael A. Cohn, Kimberly A. Coffey, Jolynn Pek, and Sandra M. Finkel

The Scrooge Effect: Mortality, Attitude and Behaviour

The Scrooge Effect: Mortality, Attitude and Behaviour

April 15, 2020

Some very interesting things happen to our attitudes and behaviours when we're reminded we won't be around forever; at least not like this. Dan and Akin squeeze a research paper looking for answers of what those changes are and why they matter.

 - Research Paper: The Scrooge Effect: Evidence That Mortality Salience Increases Prosocial Attitudes and Behavior by Eva Jones, Jeff Schimel, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski

Does Personally Customising Products Improve Performance?

Does Personally Customising Products Improve Performance?

April 8, 2020

Is it possible that by personally customising your products (think running shoes, golf clubs, pens and more), you can improve your performance with them? Dan and Akin squeeze a research study looking into this and similar questions.

 - Research Paper: 'The Self-Expressive Customization of a Product Can Improve Performance' by Ulrike Kaiser, Martin Schreier and Chris Janiszewski

Fake News, Morals, Misinformation and Propaganda

Fake News, Morals, Misinformation and Propaganda

April 1, 2020

Fake news travels fast. If you've ever wondered why people share news stories with headlines so clearly fake, we have some answers for you! If you've never wondered this, well, you might be part of the problem!

 - Research Paper: 'Misinformation and Morality: Encountering Fake-News Headlines Makes Them Seem Less Unethical to Publish and Share' by Daniel A. Effron and Medha Raj

Leaning Out: Women’s Under-Representation in Top Management

Leaning Out: Women’s Under-Representation in Top Management

March 25, 2020

Can three studies in one research paper provide solutions for getting more women into senior executive roles? Dan and Akin squeeze findings that leave them humbled and surprised.

 - Research Paper: 'Leaning Out: How Negative Recruitment Experiences Shape Women's Decisions to Compete for Executive Roles' by Raina A. Brands and Isabel Fernandez-Mateo

Contagion: The Games We Play, The Changes We Make

Contagion: The Games We Play, The Changes We Make

March 18, 2020

When the aim's cooperation, the good you do cascades, as does the bad. Dan and Akin squeeze the research!

 - Research Paper: 'Cooperative Behavior Cascades in Human Social Networks' by James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis

Highbrow Films Bow Down to Present Bias

Highbrow Films Bow Down to Present Bias

March 11, 2020

The days of renting physical copies of films are now a thing of the past, however, plenty lessons remain from when this was the norm. Dan and Akin squeeze a study of DVD rentals to unravel why decisions we make for the future aren't so certain when it’s time to act.

- Research Paper: ‘Highbrow Films Gather Dust: Time-Inconsistent Preferences and Online DVD Rentals’ by Katherine L. Milkman, Todd Rogers and Max H. Bazerman

Agony and Ecstasy in the Gig Economy

Agony and Ecstasy in the Gig Economy

March 4, 2020

Is the grass greener on the other side for the self-employed? Yes and no. Dan and Akin squeeze a research paper exploring the unpredictable sense of anxiety and fulfilment for those not bound to confines, or privy to the benefits, of a 9 to 5.

 - Research Paper: 'Agony and Ecstasy in the Gig Economy: Cultivating Holding Environments for Precarious and Personalized Work Identities' by Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan J. Ashford and Amy Wrzesniewski

Does Sex Determine Humour? Featuring Gem Carmella

Does Sex Determine Humour? Featuring Gem Carmella

February 26, 2020

Is the ability to be funny determined by an individual's sex? Dan and Akin are joined by writer, director and performer, Gem Carmella. The trio squeeze a research study that stirred up the masses after it found and proclaimed men to be funnier than women.

 - Research Paper: 'Sex Differences in Humor Production Ability: A Meta-Analysis' by Gil Greengross, Paul J. Silvia and Emily C. Nusbaum