Posts Tagged "Psychology"

How To Teach Your Brain Something It Won’t Forget A Week Later

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Of all the things you learned in school, chances are the right way to learn wasn’t one of them.


To make it through academic life, most of us opt for what psychologists call “massed practice,” better known as cramming: It’s Monday and your test is Friday, so you save studying for the night before. One four-hour session can nab you a passing grade, so why not?


Well, because that’s not how your brain likes to absorb information. You might remember enough to pass your exam the next day, but just a week or two later and the details will already be fuzzy, if not gone completely. Here’s how to do better.

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Cramming got you through college, but it’s probably paying diminishing returns in your career. Here’s the scientific reason why.

Give More Than Just Thanks: The Psychological Upsides To Giving Back

Posted on November 24th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Many people spend their days sitting at their desks alone as it is–communicating through email, Slack, or text rather than in person, and leaving little opportunity to feel as though they’re pulling together as a group. Even in a busy environment like a bar, colleagues might not get to interact much amid the chaos of a full house.


Taking time to give back through collaborative volunteer work breaks the normal cycle of work. It gives team members a chance to reestablish their connections with each other without having to achieve a particular goal in their own workplace. And it can reinforce collegial relationships even after everyone returns to work, because they’ve contributed to a goal that’s actually meaningful. That’s far better than just going to some strange corporate retreat where you solve a pointless but difficult problem and leave without making any lasting impact.

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Gratitude is a powerful emotion we should all tap into more often, but the benefits of altruistic teamwork might have it beat.

This Psychology Study Shows That You Can Accurately Judge Someone From How They Look

Posted on October 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

We might spend days, months, or even years trying to figure someone out. Is he who he says he is? Should I trust her? The wheels in our head spin as we think of all the variables and how they’ll play out.


And still, we keep hearing that we should just listen to our instincts. Complicated questions, simple answer. What should we do, and where did this whole idea of the gut instinct come from, anyway?


Intuition isn’t some magical, mysterious quality that we carry with us. It actually comes from the knowledge and past experiences that we all carry. Even if we’re unable to explain why we feel the way we do, there’s a logical explanation behind our gut feelings.


Whenever you encounter anything new, the unconscious side of your brain is constantly making assessments. It takes in certain cues, such as a smile or parts of a story, and then matches it with something similar in our database of memories to come up with a conclusion. Meanwhile, our conscious side remains unaware of this rapid process taking place.

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Our facial perceptions of others can give startling insights into their success.

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