Social Distance, Physical Distance and Imposed Quarantine

Mariya Jilinskaya Emotional Intelligence, General Psychology 3 Comments

Tweet We are facing unprecedented times. By saying so, we already are saying two things of today’s situation: one, that it is scary (lets accept this fact that the situation is scary) and two, that we do not have a pre-existing template or process to rely on as the existing templates are not very helpful. Although there has been some ...

The benefits of small acts of kindness

Akshay Sharan Employee Engagement, Employee Health, Organizational Development Leave a Comment

A new study at the University of California attempted to study altruistic tendencies & their impact in a working environment. A group of employees were asked to be kind to a small group (experimental group)  of people while expressing nothing of the sort to a different group (control group). Results suggest that pro-social behaviours by the experimental group increased by …

The importance of work-hobby balance

Akshay Sharan Organizational Culture Leave a Comment

A recent study by researchers from Sheffield University & ESSEC Business School, attempted to understand the notion of qwork-hobby balance by ficusing on the theory of Conservation of Resources (CoR). The study investigates whether time spent on leisure activities affects career sustainability and whether it depeletes or generates resources. Two major factors affect the impact of leisure activities; 1) the ...
political correctness

The cost of political correctness

Akshay Sharan General Psychology

Political correctness refers to the notion of saying the 'right' things owing to the growing intolerance towards political diversity and debate. We live in an era of partisan, polarized debates across university campuses, both in India and abroad. These debates are usually now met with protests and demands for speakers to leave various campuses. This is a sign of dwindling ...
bystander effect

Understanding motives for intervening in emergency situations

Akshay Sharan General Psychology Leave a Comment

The bystander effect refers to the inaction by those witnessing an emergency situation. This concept gained significance due to the Kitty Genovese murder case in New York City in 1964, where reports suggest multiple individuals were witness to the event from the comfort of their own homes, yet did nothing to assist or seek help. Today, it appears that there ...

Do early risers perform better in school because school starts early?

Akshay Sharan General Psychology Leave a Comment

Grades of students who are early sleepers & early risers have been found to be higher than students who sleep late at night for early morning classes! This research highlights the term, 'chronotype,' to define stable, behavioural differences between individuals. Using a unique sample of 753 students in a school in Buenos Aires that holds classes at three different times ...

How dishonest behavior reduces individuals’ ability to read others’ emotions

iibp-admin Coaching, Employee Selection, Training and Development Leave a Comment

In this research, researchers examine the unintended consequences of dishonest behavior for one’s interpersonal abilities and subsequent ethical behavior. Specifically, they explore how dishonest conduct can reduce one’s generalized empathic accuracy— which is the ability to accurately read other people’s emotional states. In the process, they distinguish these 2 constructs (dishonest conduct and empathic accuracy) from one another and demonstrate …

Machine Learning and Emotions

Are machine learning algorithms able to decipher emotional state from everyday speech?

iibp-admin AI & ML in Psychology Leave a Comment

The words that people use have been found to reflect stable psychological traits, but less is known about the extent to which everyday fluctuations in spoken language reflect transient psychological states. Researchers explored within-person associations between spoken words and self-reported state emotion among 185 participants who wore the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR; an unobtrusive audio recording device) and completed experience sampling reports of their positive and negative emotions four times per day for seven days (1,579 observations). Following this, they examined language using the Linguistic …