The Book Bench

first_imgThe New Yorker:In the News: Out on a Limn, Pronoun PsychologyThe composer Philip Glass will publish a memoir with Norton.Remember the uproar over the critic Michiko Kakutani’s (over)use of the word “limn”? It’s back.Which of your favorite songs have expanded your vocabulary?The writer Sam Kean explains the weirdly smutty cover of the Chinese version of his book.On the heels of Grantland, The Classical.Roger Ebert tantalizes readers with an excerpt of his forthcoming memoir, “Life Itself.”The psychologist James Pennebaker says the way we use pronouns reveals much about us.Read the whole story: The New Yorker More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

The search engine for love

first_imgThe Sydney Morning Herald: It’s easy to play Cupid when both parties are motivated to find love, writes Nicky Phillips.In the winter of 1959, two Stanford University students used the institution’s room-size IBM 650 to build a computer program that paired 49 young men, mainly classmates, with 49 local women.Prospective couples answered 30 questions including their age, religion, hobbies and number of children wished for in marriage.The results were fed into the computer which, after nine hours of processing, selected pairs based on the similarity of the responses. The first attempt at computer dating was launched.Read the whole story: The Sydney Morning HeraldSee Harry Reis at the 24th APS Annual Convention More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Lefties vs. Righties: How we decide differently

first_imgYahoo:We like to think that we make decisions based on our ideas of right and wrong — and we do, to an extent. But according to recent research, our choices may also be influenced by something as simple as whether we’re right or left handed.That’s because right-handed people are more drawn to things on the right side of a screen or page, while left-handed people look to the left. Cognitive scientist Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research says it’s part of the “body-specificity hypothesis” — the idea that our physical bodies affect the decisions we make and the way we communicate with one another.Read the whole story: Yahoolast_img read more

Complex jobs ‘may protect memory’

first_imgBBC:A study of more than 1,000 Scottish 70-year-olds found that those who had had complex jobs scored better on memory and thinking tests.One theory is a more stimulating environment helps build up a “cognitive reserve” to help buffer the brain against age-related decline,The research was reported in Neurology.The team, from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, is now planning more work to look at how lifestyle and work interact to affect memory loss.Those taking part in the study took tests designed to assess memory, processing speed and general thinking ability, as well as filling in a questionnaire about their working life.The analysis showed that those whose jobs had required complex skills in dealing with data or people, such as management and teaching, had better scores on memory and thinking tests than those who had done less mentally intense jobs such as factory workers, bookbinders, or carpet layers.Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Three key conditions to create a healthy workplace

first_imgCurrent research underscores the importance of creating workplace cultures that foster the psychological health and wellness of employees within their team and work environments. Healthy workplaces support employee wellbeing, are psychologically safe, and provide the basis for effective team functioning.Organizations can be proactive by taking targeted actions to safeguard the wellbeing of employees and ensuring the creation of positive and healthy workplace cultures, according to research by Emma Seppala, science director at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Kim Cameron, a professor with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.Research in positive psychology has identified three key environmental conditions that are essential for building healthy and effective workplace environments that contribute to employee wellbeing, engagement and thriving, according to research by Edward Deci, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and Richard Ryan, a professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University and a professor at the University of Rochester. Read the whole story: The Globe and Mail More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more