The Search for Our Inner Lie Detectors

first_imgThe New York Times:Is a job applicant lying to you? What about your boss, or an entrepreneur who is promising to double your investment?Most of us are bad at spotting a lie. At least consciously. New research, published last month in Psychological Science, suggests that we have good instincts for judging liars, but that they are so deeply buried that we can’t get at them.This finding is the work of Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist — she previously studied parents who killed their children and lied about it — who has turned her attention to the business world.“Perhaps our own bodies know better than our conscious minds who is lying,” explained Dr. ten Brinke, now at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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How laughter makes you a better worker

first_imgCould laughing be a way to build a stronger, more creative team culture in the workplace?Since the global economic downturn in 2008, many of us may feel that laughing in the office might send a signal that we don’t have enough to do. Discussions that might previously have been conducted in person at a colleague’s desk increasingly take place over e-mail or Slack. In that context, office chatter can at times seem unnecessary.But what if, rather than signalling inactivity, laughing together is something that improves team collaboration and stimulates innovation?After years of not paying much attention to laughter, scientists are starting to reach that very conclusion. Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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