More and more studies and experiences from companies speak in favor of shortening the work week increased productivity. Among other things, the well-known work of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, studies have found that people manage to make a concentrated effort on the working day usually no more than 4-5 hours. After the work session focusing on this scale will inevitably begin to lose focus and performance decrease. speaks on behalf of the success of the company's operating profit, which is measured in the millions. Longer free-motivated Also the design company Reusser Design's founder Nate says Reusser similar experiences in their own companies, even though the model is different. Although the company made longer hours in order to obtain the lost Friday on other days catch, as well as productivity and commitment to the company have grown.
A shocking device aimed at changing habitual behaviourA bracelet that gives its wearer an electric shock when they go overdrawn is being launched.The plan is worked out in four stages starting with the customer logging into their credit card or bank account facility.The bracelet is expected to be particularly appealing to the youth market with parents and partners particularly expressing an interest on their beloved's behalf.Managing director David Webber was quoted as saying: "My daughter and other people we've spoken to who are under 25 think it's brilliant.The wristband was launched in 2014 by a US internet business intended for use as a way of shocking people out of bad habits, such as smoking or nail-biting.It was based on the experiment conducted by Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov with dogs which found that the dogs - and in this case people - can be trained to behave in certain ways through reward or punishment.
Research psychologist Larry Rosen wrote in The Wall Street Journal last year that our phones are making us less sociable in real life:Our real and virtual worlds certainly overlap, as many of our virtual friends are also our real friends.Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor, has done extensive research on human interaction and technology.It makes us forget what we know about life.When it comes to certain things, we really need people.He says it doesn t matter whether voice-activated home devices like the Amazon Echo are a passing fad — all that new tech is part of our slow dive into a new era of social interaction.For instance, Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel revealed to his class this year that his teaching assistant Jill Watson — who d been answering students questions online casual, nuanced conversation — was actually a bot, The Washington Post reported.
Rarely do they ever make a statement when tucked away.Korean designer Jongha Choi has taken the concept of collapsable furniture in a different direction.Choi's presented his project, called "De-dimension," as part of his senior thesis at the Design Academy Einhoven in the Netherlands.In the introduction to his thesis, Choi explains that he experienced lopsided vision as a child due to major discrepencies between his two eyes.Since he has often mistaken three-dimensional for two-dimensional ones, "De-dimension" is a physical manifestation of his condition.Choi told Tech Insider in an email that he's planning to make the pieces available for purchase.So if your home has limited space or you just want a great statement piece, follow Choi's website for updates.Read the original article on Tech Insider.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.More from Tech Insider:Here's why we're excited about 'No Man's Sky,' one of the most creative games ever madeWe tried the awesome new Minecraft mode that turns into a 'Hunger Games'-style deathmatch MSFT Mercedes' at-home battery could have one key advantage over Tesla's PowerwallThe PlayStation 4 is the most popular game console in the worldThese pieces of furniture can fold to become two-dimensional artNOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals the best way to get rid of negative thoughtsLoading video...
Facebook, news apps, Snapchat — there s endless temptation for bored teens to take out their smartphones and scroll.The Washington Post recently wrote an in-depth piece on kids these days and their social media usage, and in it was this startling statistic, courtesy of a 2015 study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media: Teens are spending nearly nine hours a day consuming media.And children ages eight to 12 are spending nearly six hours a day doing the same thing.Let s say the average teen wakes up at 7 a.m. and goes to bed at 10 p.m. — that means that nine of their 15 waking hours are spent on their phones, computers, or tablets.The rest of those six hours are likely spent in school.To put that in perspective, that s nearly double the time that the average American spends looking at their phones.The kids themselves estimate they're spending much less time looking at their screens.In one study, researchers found evidence that when small children became addicted to tablets or smartphones, it could impede their ability to focus, concentrate, and build a large vocabulary.Tablets and smartphones may also make children more accustomed to constant stimuli, attention, and exposure, according to Psychology Today.And Dr. Victoria Dunckley, an integrative psychiatrist in Los Angeles, posits that screen time could be leading to "sensory overload, lack of restorative sleep, and a hyperaroused nervous system," or what she calls "electronic screen syndrome.Many teens are likely spending a majority of their screen time dedicated to social media usage, and this 2016 study in the journal of Anxiety Disorders Association of America found social media could be linked with increased depression.Plus, the blue light smartphone screens emit can confuse our brains and stop them from producing melatonin, allowing us to become increasingly distracted, making it harder to sleep, and putting us at an increased risk for obesity as well as breast and prostate cancers.So now that you re done reading this article, turn off your phone.Read the original article on Tech Insider.That might be great news!14 innovative features in Volvo's latest electric SUVThis is the oldest tech still used by the US governmentArtificial meteor showers could make a fearsome problem in space much worseNOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals what your posts on Facebook say about youLoading video...
Photograph: AlamyAlexander Rhodes, 26, founded the NoFap subreddit in 2011 as a place for people to anonymously discuss their perceived porn addictions.David Ley, a clinical psychologist and author of The Myth of Sex Addiction, says there is overwhelming evidence that what s being described as porn addiction is actually related to other existing issues.Photograph: Kai-Otto Melau / Alamy/AlamyThe men who come into his clinic typically lack an effective coping mechanism to deal with stress, anxiety and depression.Therapy, he says, should focus on addressing the underlying issues rather than the symptom of excessive porn use.It could be caused by allergies, a virus or something else.It s true that the prevalence of reported erectile dysfunction has risen over the past few decades, from 3% of under-45s in 1948 to 7% of under-40s in 2014, but despite a lot of finger-pointing toward porn, the scientific data isn t conclusive.
Ad-slinger quietly pushes pro-Brexit views down its resultsGoogle has demoted the site EU Referendum to below the fold in searches for the term EU referendum , where it isn t visible to most web surfers unless they scroll down.Europhile newspaper the Financial Times ranked EUreferendum.com as the most influential British political blog in 2006, and the site kept its top spot in the search results even after a domain move.About EU ReferendumNorth is the co-author of four books on the EU along with Christopher Booker, the journalist and co-founder of Private Eye, in addition to two military histories.Most recently he developed the three step Flexcit strategy for exiting the EU pdf : The aim would be a community of equals in a European village , rather than a Europe of concentric circles, using the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Community Europe UNECE .What started out as a good working tool has gone the way of the rest - power corrupts and Google corrupts absolutely."Google s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 per cent or more – up to 80 per cent in some demographic groups – with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to peer-reviewed work by psychologist Robert Epstein, that he described to Politico last year.
In fact, you may outright hate a few—but you don t have to.Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, writing for Psychology Today, examined a study conducted by psychologist Melvyn Hamstra and his colleagues that looked at how our biases and opinions color the way we judge others.study suggests that you first tune into the dimension of your personality that represents a lack of fit with the target of your disdain.Talking through your differences, perhaps in the presence of a third party, could help both of you figure out how to not only agree to differ, but to form the yin to each other s yang.If you can talk about your differences you can avoid hating them.How to Get Along with People You Don t Like Very Much Psychology Today via Awkward Human
You re walking down the street when you see that friend of a friend you met at that thing.According to Ronald Riggio, a professor at Claremont McKenna College who specializes in nonverbal communication, it s disingenuous to completely avoid eye contact when you know someone, but it s also odd to make too much eye contact.So, as Riggio explains, it s best to give some quick nonverbal cues like a slight nod, smile, or eyebrow flash raising of the eyebrows using this method:Make eye contact at 30 ft., break eye contact, brief eye contact and eyebrow flash at 10 feet and then look straight ahead.You won t look like a jerk trying to ignore them, you won t look like a creep staring at them, and you don t have to say a word if you don t want to.All in all, less awkwardness for you and them.It might seem silly to have a method for such a basic social interaction, but as social psychologist Jeremy Nicholson explains in the Science of Us article linked below, having one ready in your mind can help reduce any anxiety you might have toward such encounters.
Moderate levels of happiness and a positive mindset can help us solve problems by fostering creative thinking.People with low self-esteem tend to feel worse after saying or hearing these affirmations, because they disagree with them.For instance, imagining worst-case scenarios in advance can help us prepare for those events and better deal with them if they arise.Psychologist Christopher Peterson calls this realistic optimism.And, as I mentioned earlier, the expectation that other people want us to think positive all the time can increase the frequency and intensity of our negative emotions.She s the co-founder of Melbourne startup Hello Code, an iOS developer, and a writer.
Click to Open Overlay GalleryMinnesota Department of TransportationOne study after another proves the zipper merge is the best way to move cars from two lanes into one.The idea behind the move is simple: If the right lane ends ahead, don t move left as soon as you see an open spot.So efficient that the Germans, who of course practice it almost flawlessly, have a name for it: Reißverschlusssystem, or zipper system.But it hasn t fully caught on in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, providing a lesson to Kansas and other states now trying to make merging moments more efficient.Washington and Missouri have officially endorsed the zipper merge, and Kansas is gearing up to implement the move later this month.But the agency has already started its own social media campaign, complete with two wisecracking traffic cones.
Convicted rapist Brock Turner has draw the scorn of a nation after many feel his six month sentence for raping an unconscious woman saw the Stanford swimmer getting off light for a crime that should have carried a much harsher sentence.In light of recent events, pornography website xHamster announced a new rule — the Brock Turner rule — that would effectively ban images and video depicting rape from the site and instead leave visitors with a message questioning their mental facilities.Now, when users search for rape or rape-like scenes, they ll be met with no results in addition to this message:If you are searching for this category, probably it s time you consulted with a professional psychologist: http://www.7cups.com a source for online therapy .In an interview with The Huffington Post, xHamster spokesperson Alex Hawkins revealed the company was shocked and appalled by the miscarriage of justice that transpired in the Brock Turner trial.While not know to be overly political, xHamster has previously jumped into the fray for causes it believes in.The last such cause was after the passage of HB2 in North Carolina — a bill that sought to remove certain protections against discrimination for some members of the state.
Orlando, Fla. AP -- Orlando gunman Omar Mateen apparently made a series of Facebook posts and searches before and during his attack on a gay nightclub, raging against the "filthy ways of the west" and blaming the U.S. for the deaths of "innocent women and children," according to a Senate committee letter released Wednesday.The killer whose rampage left 49 people dead also searched for "Pulse Orlando" and "Shooting" online on the morning of the carnage Sunday and said on Facebook: "America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state," according to the letter.The Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking the company to produce information on Mateen's online activity and to provide a briefing to the panel.The letter illuminating Mateen's state of mind in the final hours of his life was released as the long, sad procession of memorials and funerals for the victims began in Orlando and as the FBI appealed for the public's help in reconstructing the killer's movements.The FBI is also trying to establish how much Mateen's wife may have known about the attack at Pulse dance club."We need your help in developing the most complete picture of what he did and why he did it," FBI agent Ron Hopper said at a news conference.In its letter, the committee said staffers have learned that five Facebook accounts were associated with the 29-year-old American-born Muslim."These are some of the bravest toughest men I know," Mina said.The records say he took a written psychological test or was evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist.— Orlando TV producer Matt Gentili of CFN 13 said Mateen called during his standoff to say he was doing it for the Islamic State.This story has been corrected to show that mourner Tiffany Clark was not referring to Javier Jorge-Reyes but to another victim.
Home: Aamir, created in association with Surround Vision and Room One, is a project from the National Theatre s Immersive Storytelling StudioYou re in the bath and the soap slips out of your hand, leaving a smell on your skin that reminds you of your grandmother s bathroom.So what is VR good for?Limited realityFor me, two of the least successful productions were also the most ambitious, and had the biggest queues.Like the Mars simulator, it succeeds in gamifying an educational experience, but I still felt that reading astronauts personal accounts could give a much richer sense of life in microgravity – detailing the feelings of nausea, disorientation and loss of taste that current technology just can t replicate.Clint Beharry, whose job at the non-profit Harmony Institute in New York is to explore such phenomena, pointed out that the century-old technology of radio can also create deeply immersive experiences, and books are so immersive that reading them causes him to frequently miss his subway stop.Tony Prescott, a psychologist and director of the research centre Sheffield Robotics, went one step further: life itself is immersive, yet we forget most of it, he said, so why should immersive technology make a difference?
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, clinical psychologist Dr. Steve Orma suggests actually embracing those thoughts and following them to their ridiculous conclusions.If there was a loser Olympics, you d win 10 gold medals.You re going for the laughter, says Dr. Orma.That alone will help you feel better.Self-doubt is a truly difficult thing to deal with, but it s usually filling your brain complete nonsense.Letting your brain go to those extreme, dark places, lets you see just how stupid it is.
Shutterstock When counselors are helping someone in the midst of an emotional crisis, they must not only know how to talk - they also must be willing to text.Crisis Text Line, a non-profit text-message-based counseling service, operates a hotline for people who find it safer or easier to text about their problems than make a phone call or send an instant message.Over 1,500 volunteers are on hand 24/7 to lend support about problems including bullying, isolation, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, self-harm, or even just stress.But in addition to providing a new outlet for those who prefer to communicate by text, the service is gathering a wellspring of anonymized data.Shripriya Mahesh, a partner at the philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network which was started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar , says the firm has given the service two grants.Last week, Crisis Text Line received $23.8 million in grants from a squadron of Silicon Valley investors, including Melinda Gates, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft fame, and many more.More from Tech Insider:Sunday's 'Game of Thrones' director was thinking 'just don't f--- it up' while filming the show's biggest episode yetThese 6 innovative thermoses put ordinary coffee mugs to shameHere are 5 solar powered items you need this summerTeens are getting almost all of their news from Snapchat and Twitter these daysApple's design guru wants an iPhone that looks like 'a single sheet of glass' AAPL NOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals the easiest ways to get out of a funkLoading video...
Those who remain may get new or more tasks, says occupational and organizational psychologist Johnny Hellgren. How management communicates about their plans can have a big impact on how news is received, says Johnny Hellgren, an associate professor of work and organizational psychology at Stockholm University. When the employer has really decided to cut staff, the decision should be implemented as soon as possible, think Johnny Hellgren. Even the so-called survivors, those that remain after the cutback, will be affected by the uncertainty and worsening, produce less and become sick. - You lose more personnel adverse reaction than you have to win if it then turns out that the reduction will not be as great. Recently, targeted safety from three unions criticized the lack of support measures, such as crisis intervention from occupational health services, to staff who have been given the Findus plant in Bjuv in Skåne.
Simple Habit wants to bring you the best medication teachings available in easily digestible formats — up to 5 minutes in length —  and in a personalized manner.With that in mind, the company today launched an iOS app that seeks to address the reported $1 billion meditation market.Started by Yunha Kim, after she sold her previous startup — ad app Locket — to Wish in 2015, Simple Habit is geared toward those who believe they are too busy to slow down.Together with a Harvard psychologist, Kim has developed 5-minute meditations that are customized for specific situations, such as being stressed at work, dealing with a difficult boss, struggling with relationships, and even fear of public speaking.The company also taps outside meditation teachers to share lessons with users.Simple Habit offers three pricing tiers: $4 per week, $15 per month, or $120 per year.Meditation has proven to help people diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and ADHD; we ve even heard from a few doctors and therapists who ve recommended Simple Habit to their patients… Research shows that meditation can help people sleep better, improve their focus, maintain better relationships, and feel calmer.Simple Habit is currently only available on iOS devices and can be accessed by anyone in the U.S. Kim declined to share how many users her company has or any fundraising efforts that have been made.
If you re like us, then pretty often, so if it was suggested that you take a few moments to meditate each day, you d probably derisively laugh it off as an impossibility.The guided sessions are run by experienced meditation teachers, and although five minutes may sound like a short time for meditation — we often consider such a practice to involve siting cross-legged on the floor for hours — with mindfulness, the benefits come after short sessions.The app promises better sleep, more focus, improved memory, and crucially, less stress.She discovered meditation when stress was at its highest while running her previous startup, Locket, saying learning to meditate changed the way I dealt with stress.In addition to the meditations, the app features podcasts, a calendar to track progress, and reminders to get meditating.If you like it, it ll cost $4 per week, $15 per month, or $120 per year afterwards to continue using it.
What kind of ethical decisions will the first driverless cars make?If a computer-driven car is expected to prioritise the preservation of its passengers' lives, does that mean that it would choose to plough into a group of pedestrians in the event of an impending crash?With such a huge potential benefit to road safety - it's calculated that autonomous cars could cut traffic accidents by 90 percent - we're unlikely to be able to avoid or defer a decision on such chilling calculations.Related: Best self-driving car tech from the Geneva Motor Show"Manufacturers of utilitarian cars will be criticised for their willingness to kill their own passengers," predicts Harvard University psychologist Professor Joshua Greene.Who'd be a Google executive right when such decisions need to be made, eh?Should autonomous cars prioritise pedestrian safety, and would you be happy using one if it did?
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