Uncategorized How culture plays into cognitive research

How culture plays into cognitive research

In a new paper published in Nature Human Behaviour, scientists look at how cognitive research on poverty, ethics and discrimination would be enriched by engaging more with cultural sociology. They examine three of the most prominent cognitive research models: studies of poverty focused on scarcity and cognitive bandwidth, studies of dual-process morality, and studies of …

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Uncategorized Practices for Resilience

Practices for Resilience

It’s such a powerful thing, resilience … but how do you develop it? Because make no mistake: it’s a set of skills, a set of capacities, that can be developed over time. Some people might be born with greater tendencies toward resiliency, but we can all get better at it. I’m going to offer a …

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Uncategorized The Cognitive Health Crisis

The Cognitive Health Crisis

Maybe more than any other disease, severe cognitive impairments have the potential to unravel families. They’re not one and done. They drag on. They aren’t “lethal” in the normal sense. People with Alzheimer’s can lead long lives, the latter halves of which can get very difficult for everyone involved. There’s an entire body of literature …

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Uncategorized Counter Rationalizations Rationally

Counter Rationalizations Rationally

Mary Gentile discusses commonly confronted rationalizations and potential responses for those who wish to act effectively and with integrity under pressure.   When we encounter values conflicts in the workplace, we often face barriers that appear in the form of “reasons and rationalizations” for pursuing a particular course of action. These obstacles can confound our …

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Uncategorized Who is at most risk of opioid deaths?

Who is at most risk of opioid deaths?

A new study of 13,000 people who died of an opioid overdose found that more than half had been diagnosed with chronic pain; many had psychiatric disorders. Approximately one-third of those who died had been diagnosed with a drug use disorder in the prior year. However, fewer than one in twenty had been diagnosed with …

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Uncategorized Net Positive Leadership

Net Positive Leadership

Ben Kellard explains how leaders are fundamentally rethinking their strategy to contribute more to the economy than they take. One major source of impetus towards a Net Positive future is the Sustainable Development Goals: the set of 17 ambitions that were adopted by world leaders in 2015, offering all sectors for the first time a …

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Uncategorized The Bullshit Industrial Complex

The Bullshit Industrial Complex

The bullshit industrial complex is a pyramid of groups that goes something like this: Group 1: People actually shipping ideas, launching businesses, doing creative work, taking risks and sharing first-hand learnings. Group 2: People writing about group 1 in clear, concise, accessible language. [And here rests the line of bullshit demarcation…] Group 3: People aggregating …

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Uncategorized Better Connected Brains?

Better Connected Brains?

“It is possible that due to their biological predispositions, some individuals develop brain networks that favor intelligent behaviors or more challenging cognitive tasks. However, it is equally as likely that the frequent use of the brain for cognitively challenging tasks may positively influence the development of brain networks. Given what we currently know about intelligence, …

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Uncategorized How Self-Organization Happens

How Self-Organization Happens

“There isn’t one specific pattern that emerges from self-organization. The processes are so deep and fundamental to human interactions that you cannot enforce any specific hierarchical or non-hierarchical pattern with rules. Trust between people is an outcome of allowing people to freely self-organize. Complex networks of trust emerge and change as people continuously negotiate their …

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Uncategorized Future of e-Learning: Personalization

Future of e-Learning: Personalization

In the future, e-learning is likely to be as follows. The worker or student would be asking the virtual assistant about what they should study further to improve their performance and would receive an answer: “You should read these materials here (providing the link) and watch this video in order to improve your knowledge in …

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