Performance Psychology (Including Organizational & Sport Psychology)

Does Having a “Game Face” Improve Cognitive Performance?

One of the counterintuitive ideas in psychology that has become popular lately is that our body language isn’t just an expression of our attitudes but can actually change those attitudes. A 2010 ...
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Understanding “Saw but Forgot” Traffic Collisions

It’s easy to dismiss traffic collisions as being the result of inattentive or reckless drivers. But a common and more troubling phenomenon is when a driver reports they were paying attention and ...
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How Abstract Thinking Can Help You Reach Goals

There’s more than one way to look at a situation. You can look in concrete terms at the details of the situation by itself, and the specific details of it. You can ...
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The Importance of Disconnecting from Work

You might think that an ideal worker is one who’s always thinking about their job, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, taking your work home with you at ...
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Why Flipping a Coin Is a Good Way to Decide

Can’t make up your mind? Here’s a simple trick. Flip a coin to decide. And if you don’t like the outcome of the coin flip, well, sounds like you’ve made up your ...
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Would You Rather Be Replaced at Work by Another Human or a Robot?

That’s a bleak choice, and it’s exactly the choice researchers in Germany and the Netherlands gave people in a recent study on the psychology of job replacement. OK, the researchers didn’t actually ...
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Who Plans to Retire Early?

Given the option to retire, people will make different decisions about how long to keep working. In order to learn more about how people make retirement decisions, a recent study decided to ...
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Are Video Games Linked to Aggression? Researchers Can’t Agree

Whether violent video games go hand-in-hand with violence in real life seems like exactly the kind of question we should send over to the psychology researchers. And psychology researchers do have an ...
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Parents’ Warm Encouragement Can Help Shy Toddlers

How can parents help shy toddlers become more at ease in social situations? A new study suggests that a combination of warmth and gentle prompting to engage socially might be the answer ...
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A Lunchtime Nap Can Boost Children’s Academic Performance

We typically think of it as a bad thing to "fall asleep on the job." But when your job is learning, a midday nap might be just what the psychologist ordered. A ...
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