Squeezing the Orange
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

Can Job Titles Combat Burnout?

Can Job Titles Combat Burnout?

February 19, 2020

What costs would you pay to reduce burnout? Dan and Akin discuss research looking into the possibility of combating stress and emotional exhaustion by encouraging employees create and use self-reflective job titles.

- Research Paper: 'Job Titles as Identity Badges: How Self-Reflective Titles Can Reduce Emotional Exhaustion' by Adam Grant, Justin Berg and Dan Cable

Shades of Black

Shades of Black

February 12, 2020

With a focus on the colour black, Dan and Akin squeeze a research paper that looks into whether behaviour and judgement is significantly impacted simply dependant on choosing to wear the colour black. Culture, sports and misguided decision making for all.

 - Research Paper: 'The Dark Side of Self and Social Perception: Black Uniforms and Aggression in Professional Sports' by Mark G. Frank and Thomas Gilovich

The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep

February 5, 2020

"The self is not static." It's rather the opposite, in fact. Over the course of our lives, one of the things we're guaranteed to do is change. Dan and Akin squeeze a study which looks whether or not a person can change based on how they imagine the people (and things) they encounter.

 - Research Paper: 'Simulating Other People Changes the Self' by Meghan Meyer, Zidong Zhao and Diana Tamir

O Mothers, Where Art Thou?

O Mothers, Where Art Thou?

January 29, 2020

Imagine a workplace policy that improves the performance of all employees, whilst levelling the career and life playing field for mothers. Dan and Akin review a research paper which focuses on the effects of remote working.

 - Research Paper: 'Discretionary Remote Working Helps Mothers without Harming Non-mothers: Evidence from a Field Experiment' by Eliot L. Sherman

Talent vs. Hard Work

Talent vs. Hard Work

January 22, 2020

Dan and Akin take on the age-old debate of talent vs. hard work, but from the perspective of how each is perceived, and therefore appreciated. When armed with insights uncovered by science, can individual better sell their skills to the world?

 - Research Paper: 'Naturals and Strivers: Preferences and Beliefs about Sources of Achievement' by Chia-Jung Tsay and Mahzarin Banji

When Habit Met Science

When Habit Met Science

January 15, 2020

Ever tried to improve your life? We would hope so! Dan and Akin offer a little motivation as the duo talk the science of habits and what's going on psychologically when we try to form new ones.

 - Research Paper: 'How are Habits Formed: Modelling Habit Formation in the Real World' by Phillipa Lally, Cornelia van Jaarsveld, Henry Potts and Jane Wardle

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