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The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In "The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More," David DeSteno argues that matters of trust occupy an enormous amount of our mental energies and influence, directly or indirectly, practically every aspect of our everyday lives. 


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The psychology of trust in work and love – fascinating research on the hidden dynamics of human interaction.


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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 9, 9:04 AM

Trust is often a challenge for many.  This is an interesting perspective. ~Jaie

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Knowledge Workers Need an Industrial Revolution

Knowledge Workers Need an Industrial Revolution | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Information workers waste an inordinate amount of time orchestrating work rather than doing work. Instead of creating new content to drive our businesses, organizations, and missions forward, we spend our time looking for information and people, and then connecting and coordinating them to ensure that good decisions are made, or that other people can do their jobs. It is all terribly inefficient.


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Information work needs its industrial revolution.


We spend an average of 1.5 hours per day in meetings and just under an hour per day scheduling meetings. According to McKinsey & Company, we spend two hours sending and responding to email. Add these tasks up and they take a total of 6.5 hours per day. If we are generous and count half the time spent in meetings as productive content creation rather than alignment, it still means that 50 to 60 percent of an information worker’s day is spent orchestrating work.


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 30, 4:37 AM

Content creation is a free-ranging activity that is defined not by tools, but by the ability to connect information in different forms. Yet today we are forced to work within the confines of software capabilities, and that constraint shapes the way we approach content creation. 


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Consciousness Is the Whole Brain. It's Not Reducible

Consciousness Is the Whole Brain. It's Not Reducible | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Consciousness is an emergent property of the brain, resulting from the communication of information across all its regions and cannot be reduced to something residing in specific areas.

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Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age

Why face-to-face contact matters in our digital age | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In villages in Sardinia, 10 times as many men live past 100 than the average. Why? A key reason is that they are not lonely. Psychologist Susan Pinker on the importance of face-to-face contact in our era of disbanded families and virtual connections.

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There is one place in Europe where both sexes are living long lives. It is an area where, for better or worse, no one is left alone for very long. In what has been dubbed the Age of Loneliness, it’s worth asking what they have that we don’t.


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Chris Shern's curator insight, March 22, 3:52 AM

"In a time where technology and technocrats dominate conversation, the rediscovery of the essence of being human is more important than ever."

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A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute

A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Now that we have hard data on everything, we no longer make decisions from our hearts, guts or principles.

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Not long ago, our blockbuster business books spoke in unison: Trust your gut. The secret to decision-making lay outside our intellects, across the aisle in our loopy right brains, with their emo melodramas and surges of intuition. Linear thinking was suddenly the royal road to ruin. Dan Ariely’s “Predictably Irrational” tracked the extravagant illogic of our best judgment calls. The “Freakonomics” authors urged us to think like nut jobs. In “Blink,” Malcolm Gladwell counseled abandoning scientific method in favor of snap judgments. Tedious hours of research, conducted by artless cubicle drones, became the province of companies courting Chapter 11. To the artsy dropouts who could barely grasp a polynomial would go the spoils of the serial bull markets.



No more. The gut is dead. Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we “optimize” it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 19, 7:56 AM

Data optimisation - the antidote to common sense?

 

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You and I Change Our Minds. Politicians ‘Evolve.’

You and I Change Our Minds. Politicians ‘Evolve.’ | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it
There is an immediate rush to portray politicians as “flip-floppers” when they shift position on anything, but some are starting to employ a nifty new rhetorical disguise.
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The use of ‘evolve’ as a euphemism continues a long tradition among public figures, namely, framing uncomfortable revelations in a way that diminishes their own role in them.

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My Trouble With Mindfulness

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Many people struggle to get their head around mindfulness. What is it? What's the benefit? How do you practise it? 



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This is a excellent blog post by Jill Suttie that addresses many of the concerns and questions people raise in relation to mindfulness. 


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Can You Make You Brain As Plastic As a Child’s?

Can You Make You Brain As Plastic As a Child’s? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?

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You need to train very hard to learn a skill, even with a critical period opened and plasticity at its height. This lifting of the brakes offers an opportunity for new experiences to sculpt the brain but, just like kids, they don’t get it automatically. They have to work at it.


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The Evolution Catechism

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Evolutionary biology is not an ideology, which one believes in or doesn’t. What it demands is not belief but what science always demands, and that is the ability to evaluate the evidence and hear out the theory, and to poke holes in it if you can.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Darwinism is true in the complex sense that scientific theories always are - not fixed in its particulars, immutable and imposing, but rich, changing, and evermore explanatory.


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Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think

Why Twitter Is Even More Worthless Than You Think | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

At the heart of the media's chattiest technology is a hollow sharing economy. A personal investigation into just how little traffic Twitter's maelstrom actually contributes to websites.


One percent of people who see my tweets click on the links. That's not traffic. It's a rounding error, writes Derek Thompson on The Atlantic. 


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It's fair to come away from these metrics thinking that Twitter is worthless. But that's an unsophisticated conclusion. The more sophisticated takeaway is that Twitter is worthless for the limited purpose of driving traffic to your website, because Twitter is not a portal for outbound links, but rather a homepage for self-contained pictures and observations.


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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The unique 21st-century misery of the online shaming victim.


Beautiful writing. A powerful story about online identity and how public shaming can take off in an instant via social media. 


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Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval and attention of strangers.


This is a valuable lesson in today's connected world. 


The extent to which Gawker built a whole business model around the social media viral shaming loop, and the imitators for fun and profit they've spawned, bears closer investigation.

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Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here's why...


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Too Busy to Think? You May Suffer From 'Hurry Sickness'

Too Busy to Think? You May Suffer From 'Hurry Sickness' | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Eating lunch at your desk while also checking emails and talking on the phone is one symptom. So is doing something else while on conference calls, or even while brushing your teeth. We all find ourselves multitasking now and then, but what about habitually interrupting someone who is talking, or always getting frustrated in a checkout line or in traffic, even when it’s moving along smoothly? When microwaving something for 30 seconds, do you feel the urge to find something else to do while you wait?


If one or more of these sounds all too familiar, you probably have a bad case of a malady that psychologists have dubbed “hurry sickness.”

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Are we losing the ability to stand back and think, and to work smarter rather than harder?



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Are We Really Conscious?

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Of the three most fundamental scientific questions about the human condition, two have been answered.


First, what is our relationship to the rest of the universe? Copernicus answered that one. We’re not at the center. We’re a speck in a large place.


Second, what is our relationship to the diversity of life? Darwin answered that one. Biologically speaking, we’re not a special act of creation. We’re a twig on the tree of evolution.


Third, what is the relationship between our minds and the physical world? It sure seems like it. But brain science suggests we’re not.

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Awareness is not an illusion. It’s a caricature. Something — attention — really does exist, and awareness is a distorted accounting of it.


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Corporate Culture and Workplace Happiness at South by Southwest

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Engaged employees are the harbingers of workforce retention and happiness in the workplace, however numerous companies struggle with creating practices and protocols that result in enthusiastic personnel.


From haphazard questionnaires to ambiguous measurements, countless companies are striving to produce solutions that will boost morale and prevent great team members from leaving, but these companies are falling desperately short of their aspirations.


This begs the questions: Can happiness truly be measured? Can employee engagement be quantifiably tracked? Has the traditional employee engagement industry become obsolete?

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The Brain’s Empathy Gap

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Governments and nongovernmental organizations have spent decades perfecting the art of collective persuasion — getting people to do things that are good for them and for society. They have persuaded us to eat more vegetables and to wear our seatbelts, to walk for cures and to give to charity. What has not come so easily is persuading us to identify with — or even tolerate — people we perceive as outsiders. This is especially true when those outsiders form an entire community.


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Can mapping neural pathways help us make friends with our enemies?


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The Power of Not Knowing

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When was the last time you said “I don’t know” in a business or organizational context, with the idea that your honesty would actually get you somewhere?







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Traditional paradigms have taught us that in order to survive, we must position ourselves as progenitors of knowledge. That we must know stuff, and know more than the next guy or gal. That ‘success’ is somehow predicated on acquiring knowledge, owning some form it, and holding onto a knowledge domain for dear life.


If relationships with friends and loved ones are any indicator of how we think we know stuff (and then often realize that we don’t), then perhaps it’s time we also flipped the script on how we do business as it relates to knowledge.


So let’s call bullshit on ourselves.


Well, for the moment at least.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 20, 7:42 AM

Memories can be considered dormant or stored expressions of energy. Thoughts can lead us in previously unimagined directions. So perhaps ‘knowledge’ is actually the power in not knowing, as well as realising that what we don’t know matters more than what we think we know. It is the practice of constantly becoming ‘knowledgeable’, or, developing the ability to send and receive knowledge, rather than having to own it or store it.


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Graham Ward's curator insight, March 22, 3:34 PM

Great article which begins with a great question: How does what we know get in the way of what we don't know?

Véronique Calvet's curator insight, April 3, 1:48 PM

“How does what we know get in the way of what we don’t know?” Liz Wiseman

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Older Really Can Mean Wiser

Older Really Can Mean Wiser | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Research is catching up with the idea that, in some ways, people apparently grow smarter with age.


The postdoctoral fellows Joshua Hartshorne of M.I.T. and Laura Germineof Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed a huge trove of scores on cognitive tests taken by people of all ages. The researchers found that the broad split in age-related cognition — fluid in the young, crystallized in the old — masked several important nuances.

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Are there distinct, independent elements of memory and cognition that peak at varying times of life?


People in their 40s or 50s consistently did the best, the study found, and the skill declined very slowly later in life.


The picture that emerges from these findings is of an older brain that moves more slowly than its younger self, but is just as accurate in many areas and more adept at reading others’ moods — on top of being more knowledgeable. That’s a handy combination, given that so many important decisions people make intimately affects others.


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Who’s to Blame for the Digital Time Deficit?

Who’s to Blame for the Digital Time Deficit? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

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Life in the 21st century, we are told, is faster than ever. Time is scarce, the pace of everyday life is accelerating, and everyone complains about how busy they are. High‑speed traders make millions in milliseconds, and people go speed dating where dates lasts around five minutes. Technological innovation, we hear, is dynamic, disruptive, unfolding geometrically, changing everything. But is it true?


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9 TED Talks on How Your Mind Works

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Intriguing speakers share psychological studies- from asking kids to wait to eat marshmallows to planting false memories through a single word.


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These fascinating and bizarre psych experiments show how our minds really work.


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, May 24, 11:07 AM

For the psyc student...

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This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Each year, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org challenges some of the world’s greatest scientists, artists, and philosophers to answer a provocative question crucial to our time. In 2014 he asked 175 brilliant minds to ponder: What scientific idea needs to be put aside in order to make room for new ideas to advance?


The answers are as surprising as they are illuminating:


  • Steven Pinker dismantles the working theory of human behavior
  • Richard Dawkins renounces essentialism
  • Sherry Turkle reevaluates our expectations of artificial intelligence
  • Geoffrey West challenges the concept of a “Theory of Everything”
  • Andrei Linde suggests that our universe and its laws may not be as unique as we think
  • Martin Rees explains why scientific understanding is a limitless goal
  • Nina Jablonski argues to rid ourselves of the concept of race
  • Alan Guth rethinks the origins of the universe
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist warns against glorifying unlimited economic growth
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This is a curated post by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings. 


Watch also this video with Jesse Dylan where he talks about the book. 


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ToKTutor's curator insight, March 2, 10:23 AM

Title 1: What scientific idea is ready for retirement: non-neutral Q to help progress of knowledge.

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How Reading Transforms Us

How Reading Transforms Us | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Most writing seeks to influence you to think or feel how the author wants you to think or feel. The article you are reading now is no exception. We want you to think about certain things in a certain way.


But there’s another kind of influence, not typically associated with writing, that works in a different fashion. Here, you don’t try to make people think or feel in any particular way. Instead, you try to get them to be themselves.


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Could a writer have an indirect influence of this kind, getting readers to think about themselves anew?


Art doesn’t try to dictate what you think. It helps you change yourself.


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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations

8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky.


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Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. HT @Nik Peachey. 

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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 17, 11:24 AM

Very useful article with practical explaination including actual video examples.

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Altering your Brainwaves: The Secret to Personal Transformation

Altering your Brainwaves: The Secret to Personal Transformation | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The short end of the stick is that all inner change or personal transformation happens at a deeper level of consciousness. No matter how brilliant our thoughts and ideas are, they are not sufficient to bring about real change. When it comes down to making powerful and positive shifts in our life, knowledge by itself is superfluous. That means that you can conceptually and rationally grasp the secrets of the universe but you can only put them into practice by integrating them into your totality of self.


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Constant shifts in the 21st century have obliterated the notion that we ever can arrive at a settled and predictable destination. This prompts a key question: In a changing world, how can we ensure the success of ourselves as individuals, our companies, our communities and the planet?


The Great Transformation we face in society is not only about changing how organizations operate. In many cases it also involves a personal transformation in terms of a mind shift, skill shift and behavior shift. 


This article takes a closer look at personal transformation journeys from a neuroscience perspective. 


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Why Smart People Are Stupid

Why Smart People Are Stupid | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When people face an uncertain situation, they don’t carefully evaluate the information or look up relevant statistics. Instead, their decisions depend on a long list of mental shortcuts, which often lead them to make foolish decisions.

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Perhaps our most dangerous bias is that we naturally assume that everyone else is more susceptible to thinking errors, a tendency known as the “bias blind spot.”


This “meta-bias” is rooted in our ability to spot systematic mistakes in the decisions of others—we excel at noticing the flaws of friends—and inability to spot those same mistakes in ourselves.


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