Work and Career News

Personality May Spur Educational Success More Than IQ

December 18th, 2014
While personality is widely believed to play a larger role in work success than intelligence, new research from Australia suggests the same holds true for education -- that personality rules. In the new study, Griffith University psychologist Dr. Arthur Poropat conducted a comprehensive review ...

Employer Acceptance of Religious Beliefs Can Aid Worker Performance

December 18th, 2014
A new study finds that when employees are allowed to openly discuss their religious beliefs, their morale and job satisfaction is enhanced. The workforce is rapidly becoming a mixture of multiple cultures, and it may be beneficial for employers to celebrate holidays and ...

Average Faces Considered Trustworthy

December 17th, 2014
New research suggests typical or average- looking faces are considered more honest than attractive, or unattractive faces. The way people judge faces is especially important in cultural environments where face typicality, or the similar structure of faces, often influences face-related judgments. “Face typicality likely ...

Work Connections Turn Stress Into Better Performance

December 17th, 2014
Challenging new research suggests that well-connected employees adapt well to pressures caused by changes in the workplace. Industries often have to implement pay cuts, reduce working hours, and provide fewer training and promotion opportunities as methods to cope with economic downturn and industry ...

Work Burnout Linked to Atypical Depression

December 16th, 2014
New research suggests a strong link between being disenchanted by work and depression. City College of New York psychology professor Dr. Irvin Schonfeld studied more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout. He discovered 90 percent ...

Work-Sleep Tradeoff Leads to Sleep Deficits

December 12th, 2014
New research suggest that later starting times for work or school may help to reduce chronic sleep loss. University of Pennsylvania investigators discovered paid work time is the primary waking activity exchanged for sleep. As such, chronic sleep loss potentially could be ...

Distracted to Learn?

December 10th, 2014
Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task. Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during ...

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Work Jerks Beware – Even Good Ideas Can Be Hobbled by Attitude

December 9th, 2014
Being pushy at work can help to advance your cause -- or not, according to a new study in the Journal of Business and Psychology. While investigators found that being disagreeable sometimes helps to sell your idea to others, difficult or irritating people should ...

Football Brain Injuries Require More Study

December 8th, 2014
The claim that playing football can result in lifelong damage to the brain may be premature. Reports have routinely linked aggression, violence, depression, and suicide with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease linked to playing football. But just how CTE and behavioral ...