What is Big Think?  

We are Big Idea Hunters…

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Big Think Features:

12,000+ Expert Videos


Browse videos featuring experts across a wide range of disciplines, from personal health to business leadership to neuroscience.

Watch videos

World Renowned Bloggers


Big Think’s contributors offer expert analysis of the big ideas behind the news.

Go to blogs

Big Think Edge


Big Think’s Edge learning platform for career mentorship and professional development provides engaging and actionable courses delivered by the people who are shaping our future.

Find out more

You Should Still Dress Up To Go To Work, Even If You Work At Home

August 5, 2014, 12:45 PM

What's the Latest?

How many times have you rolled out of bed, turned on your computer, and started working in your pajamas? Did you feel like you were getting stuff done with the same sort of gusto and attention to quality as you would have if you got up, showered, and put on clothes for the day? As Aaron Taube of Business Insider writes, quite a few psychologists (and at least one study) suggest that workers and students who wear professional clothing are more likely to perform better at tasks and on tests than those who dress casually. Maybe the clothes really do make the (wo)man.

What's the Big Idea?

Taube interviewed Dr. Karen Pine, a fashion psychologist at University of Hertfordshire, about the ways we adapt to the supposed expectations of our dress:

"A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning."

The study I mentioned earlier, also covered by Taube, came out of Northwestern University in 2012. It determined that subjects who were given lab coats to wear when taking an exam did slightly better than those wearing their normal garb.

That's not to say we should don lab coats whenever we get ready to teleconference or blog or whatever we do for a living at home. But for goodness sake, throw on a shirt at least.

Read more at Business Insider

Photo credit: Wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock


You Should Still Dress Up T...

Newsletter: Share: