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Productivity

The peak-end rule: Why you make terrible life choices

The peak-end rule serves a key evolutionary purpose – it helps us avoid devoting more brain capacity to memories we don’t need. Knowing about this cognitive quirk helps us use it to our advantage.

Health

This is how to sleep better: 5 secrets from neuroscience

I’ll bet you’re not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I’m kind of cheating — it’s a pretty safe bet. And this is the one post where if you fell asleep while reading it, well, I’m not offended.

Productivity

Use your music playlists to actually get MORE work done

While silence works for some people, there are certain situations where music will help a person’s productivity. Here are a few examples of how and when you can use music to increase your production.

Science of Work

Science says: Complaining about your bad boss will make it worse

According to a recent study, slamming your boss to a colleague, particularly a "passive listener," can make you angrier, more pessimistic, and a worse employee.

mental health

The way you think about willpower is hurting you

Studies suggest that we’ve been thinking about willpower all wrong and that the theory of ego depletion isn’t true. Even worse, holding on to the idea that willpower is a limited resource can actually be bad for you, making you more likely to lose control and act against your better judgment.

News

Scully on ‘The X-Files’ has helped more women pursue careers in STEM

If you are a woman whose formative years took place between 1993 and 2002 and you now work in the STEM, there is a good chance you probably were a fan of 'The X-Files.' The concept of Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully as a no-nonsense, strong and kickass medical doctor, forensic pathologist and FBI agent inspiring a generation of young women to pursue career in sciences has always been rumoured, but there was never any concrete data to back it up....until now.

technology

There’s a less stressful way to receive smartphone notifications

Researchers found a way to receive notifications that left study participants happier, less stressed, feeling more productive, and more in control.

According to Science

Why do smart people do stupid things? The science of avoiding poor decision making

Why do smart people make stupid decisions and how can it be avoided? Learn the science of how to avoid poor decision making.

Office Life

How funny bosses can encourage deviant rule breakers

Funny bosses encourage us to let our guard down, but a new study found that their jokes can inadvertently encourage us to let our guard down too much, communicating that the workplace is an upside-down funhouse where rules no longer apply.

News

This is how our names can determine our careers

When your last name is Carpenter and you grow up to work as a carpenter, you may think of it as a funny coincidence, but research finds that your name could have been nudging your subconscious all along.

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Science tells us how long it takes an adult to make a new friend

How much quality time do you need before that stranger becomes your pal? Get ready to block off a good chunk of time if you want to earn the elusive title of best friend.

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Having a baby between these ages makes the gender pay gap impossible to overcome

When you're a woman planning a family, timing what age you decide to have a baby will have far-reaching consequences on your future earnings. Think carefully. There is a 10-year baby window that will put women in a pay gap from which they will never recover.

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Sorry, California: Here are 4 science-backed reasons to keep drinking coffee

There are countless studies and data points that show coffee is actually not only good for your health, it can help you be more productive at work.

The Whole Human

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no more mental energy. Well, sorry, but that’s just not true.

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The boss we hate the most is the one who ignores us

Unfortunately for employees, bad bosses come in all kinds of flavors. There are the tyrannical bullies, the selfish, the sociopaths, the ones who can never admit being wrong. But out of all the toxic bosses, the ones who make us feel the worst are the ones who ignore us.

How To

The quickest way to bounce back from failure according to science

Sometimes a pity party can be useful.

Productivity

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

So how do you go about increasing your attention span? First step: don’t waste what little you have …

The Whole Human

This is what your pre-bed routine reveals about your work personality

Whatever small action you take before bed can say a lot about your personality type.

Productivity

Study: Being forgetful can actually make you smarter

You can relax if remembering everything is not your strong suit. Recent research makes the case that being forgetful can be a strength — in fact, selective memory can even be a sign of stronger intelligence.

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Even if your phone’s turned off, its nearby presence is distracting you

Turns out, putting your smartphone down in front of you will not help you escape its distracting siren's call. According to new research, our phone's mere presence is enough to wreak havoc on our ability to think ... even if it's face down.

Productivity

How to beat procrastination (backed by science)

When you procrastinate, you might feel better in the short-term, but you will suffer in the long-term. One thing that all procrastinators have in common is that procrastination has a price.

Health

4 out-of-the box ways to lower your work stress, according to science

We know all about the tried-and-true ways to reduce our work stress.

News

This startup promises to kill you — and there’s a waiting list

Nectome, a new startup founded by two MIT graduates backed by Y Combinator, is "committed to the goal of archiving your mind" by using a "brain banking technique" to "recreate your mind," according to its website. There's just one catch before your mind gets uploaded — you'll need to be dead first.

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Study: A top promotion can double a woman’s chance of divorce

A woman's professional success may come at the cost of her marriage. When women got promoted to the top job in their field, it doubled their chances of a divorce. The same was not true for men being promoted.

Health

This is why it’s a good idea to step out of the office and head outside

When the busy workday gets to be too much, some of us go outside for a much-needed breather to go look at the nature surrounding us.