People, on average, believe that they are above average, and for the humbler beings among us maybe just a little bit, but superior than most nonetheless. This is of course statistically impossible, because, well - maths! We all know people who tend to overrate themselves in a particular skill-set, overestimate the likelihood that they will do what is best for the situation and achieve better results, be overconfident in beating deadlines, and reach decisions with audacity.
A good example is in the workplace, where employees tend to overestimate their skill, promising results and biting off more than they could chew -... read more
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which means that there are varied standards of beauty and not everyone agrees on who or what is beautiful and who or what is not. Although there have been studies that suggest that people from different cultures share the same standards of beauty because they are innate or inherent in their essential character that exists from birth. Just ask Dr. Alan Slater, a psychology lecturer in child infancy from the University of Exeter, who led a five year research that concludes that babies come into the world with a genetic... read more
What if someone promised to tell you a life-changing secret? And All you have to do is play a game. Would you be interested? This is what Peter Molyneux' first venture into mobile gaming, “Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube,” is about.Peter Douglas Molyneux is an English video game designer and game programmer. He created deep, enjoyable game experiences for computers and consoles like the Dungeon Keeper, Populous, and Black & White, as well as business simulation games such as Theme Park. Molyneux points out that the app, available free on the iPhone, iPad, and Android, is more an experiment... read more
emember when your elders told you that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all? This may not be the best advice for you to follow as a study at the University of California, Berkeley, found that engaging in behind-the-back talk actually had meaningful social benefits - it lowered gossipers’ stress, prevented exploitation and promoted more generous behavior.However, the study looked only at prosocial gossip, which is the sharing of negative evaluative information about a target in a way that protects others from antisocial or exploitative behavior. So it is still a no-no when it comes to... read more
We all know that distractions are bad when you are trying to accomplish a goal. Even as kids, our parents always reminded us to concentrate on our studies; or to listen attentively; or be aware of our surroundings. They wanted us to pay attention to what we are doing.According to William James, attention is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.We... read more