Institutions can harness the “better angels of our nature”

The Good, The Bad, The Economy Environmentalism has made major strides in capturing many people’s imaginations over the last few decades. From the concern of just a few activists, agreement that the natural environment is worth preserving extends at least to a willingness to recycle containers and unwanted paper, awareness of the dangers posed by global warming, and worry about melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and more violent storms. But when it comes to significant trade-offs between our convenience (the door to door luxury of the private automobile) or livelihoods (running industries on cheap fossil fuels), on the … Continue reading Institutions can harness the “better angels of our nature”

Fairness rewards your brain

The Neuroscience of Fairness and Injustice Humans are inherently social beings. We care not only about material and financial rewards, but also about social status, belonging, and respect. Research studies show that our brains automatically evaluate the fairness of how financial rewards are distributed. We seem to have a happiness response to fair treatment and a disgust or protest response to unfairness. This brain wiring has implications for life happiness, relationship satisfaction, raising kids, and organizational leadership. This article will examine how we define fairness, how your brain processes experiences of fairness and unfairness, and how to cope with life’s … Continue reading Fairness rewards your brain

The halo effect matters

Attractive Students Get Higher Grades A new study finds that students who are rated as more attractive get better grades and are more likely to go to college. The study followed about 9,000 US adolescents from high school in the 1990s, through until they were in their 30s (Gordon et al., 2014). They found that students who were rated as more attractive were also given higher grades by their teachers. But students only needed to be somewhat above average to see the advantage. The super-good-looking had no advantage over those who were above average. This may be because being more … Continue reading The halo effect matters