Why would people rate certain names as being more extraverted or more agreeable?
A new study contradicts some popular wisdom that says sharing your goals is always a bad idea.
- A 2009 study and a 2010 TED talk have helped spread the idea that sharing your goals is a bad idea because it disincentives people.
- The study found that people who shared their goals with people whom they considered to be of higher status were more likely to achieve their goals.
- However, it's possible that caring too much about the opinions of higher-status people might make you too anxious to achieve your goals.
Moving the needle forward on psychedelic research.
- Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine has had a psychedelic research group since 2000.
- Funded by a $17 million donation from a number of private donors, the university will be able to open a new center.
- This comes on the heels of an increasing acceptance of psychedelic research and use.
Trudging toward happiness: What is the hedonic treadmill?
- The concept of the hedonic treadmill is that regardless of whether good or bad things happen to us, we always return to a set point of happiness and well-being. Hence, we have to constantly work to stay at a given degree of happiness, as though we were on a treadmill.
- Several studies exist that back up this finding, including one conducted on lottery winners and paraplegics.
- While this may seem like a bad thing, there are advantages; in addition, it may be possible increase your baseline level of happiness through certain activities.
The study is among the first to explore the relationship between emotional abilities, political ideologies, and prejudice.
- New research measured the emotional and cognitive abilities, as well as the political ideologies, of nearly 1,000 Belgian undergraduate students.
- The results showed that students who scored lower on the cognitive and emotional tests were more likely to measure higher on tests measuring right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation.
- Still, the study only showed an association, and couldn't establish causality.