Psych stuff round-up

Here’s my pick of recent psychology research, articles and posts.

Your football team’s poor performance can affect your work
Now the football season’s under way, here’s a timely post for fans. Your team’s poor performance on Saturday can affect your own work performance on Monday. As someone who grew up in a footballing family I’ve known this all too well – but here’s the evidence. See if this piece from the BPS vault on the ‘spillover effect’ resonates for you.

Stories we tell ourselves
A big ‘aha’ moment for me when I first studied psychology was the massive impact of the ‘stories’ we tell ourselves; the ‘scripts’ that we unconsciously install – and how they can work for or against us. In this HBR article by Monique Velcour and John McNulty provide a case study and practical steps to re-write our unhelpful stories.

Applying neuroscience to improve feedback
Feedback. Did I tell you I’ve written a book about that? [yes, Dawn…many times]. Not for nothing is ‘How to give effective feedback’ one of Zoomly’s most popular workshops [shameless plugging…get on with it]. This meaty piece by David Rock, Beth Jones and Chris Weller for s+b is packed with great ideas for making feedback better, and one simple shift to transform it.

Breaking free from analysis paralysis
If you’re stuck and procrastinating over a decision, help is at hand. Dr Ellen Hendriksen, aka ‘The Savvy Psychologist’ offers a simple, short and sweet technique that‘s really worth a try.

Yellow lady with blue hair inspires approach to learning
As we approach the ‘back to school’ season, I’ve been enjoying this series of Psychology Today posts by Dr Arthur P. Shimamura with tips on lifelong learning for active brains (based on a favourite cartoon character). There’s more research on this topic, reported by BPS Research Digest.

Helping kids to be resilient
Continuing with ‘Autumn Term’, if you’re a parent of a child going back to school, the wonderful Dr Sarah McKay has 10 neuroscience facts you can use to help grow their resilience.

Is empathy an art?
This episode of the Australian ‘All In The Mind’ podcast hosts Sir Peter Bazalgette (of Big Brother fame) as he relates the neuroscience of empathy – and plugs his book – and urges us to ‘flex our empathy muscles’.

Conflict at work – what do you do?
According to OPP, 85% of employees have to deal with conflict in the workplace, taking an average of just over 2 hours of their time each week. Somehow, I’m not surprised. If you want to explore this, OPP offers tips and resources for ‘squaring up to conflict’.

Women ‘intentionally invisible’ at work
Research reported by CMI shows how unconscious bias affects behaviour: women choose to be less assertive and visible as a strategy for survival in the workplace. When we tolerate this situation, CMI’s Petra Wilton likens it to ‘broken windows’ – perpetuating the problem.

Holiday showing up on the scales?
Some of us attempt to lose weight before a holiday, only to take the words ‘all-inclusive’ all too literally and return heavier than we left [yep, been there, done that]. So this research on the power of ritual on eating habits, reported in Scientific American, may amuse [well, I laughed].

Dawn is the author of ‘The Feedback Book’ and ‘How to be Zoomly at work’



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