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  • April 30, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Should You Keep Using Paper Advertisements to Recruit Job Candidates?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of Human Resource Management, Baum and Kabst[1] examine the effectiveness of recruitment websites alongside more traditional paper recruitment materials. They conclude that the most effective recruitment is done with a combination of the two. To determine this, the researchers sampled 284 German university students, primarily business administration majors, brought into a […]The post Should You Keep Using Paper Advertisements to Recruit Job Candidates? appeared first o........ Read more »

  • April 9, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming special issue of Social Science Computer Review, Landers and Callan[1] set out to understand how people actually use social media while at work and how it affects their job performance.  By polling workers across a wide variety of jobs (across at least 17 industries), they identified 8 broad ways that people use social […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Textual Harassment at Work: Romance and Sexual Harassment on Social MediaGamification, Social Media, Mobile, and MTurk ........ Read more »

  • March 28, 2014
  • 11:17 AM

Wellbeing is shaped by your day's little highlights, not merely its mishaps

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Wellbeing research has tended to model work-life as a default state punctuated by negative events such as conflicts, mistakes, or unwelcome change. In this way, it follows the broader model of psychological health research that focuses on harmful interruption to normal functioning , a model that Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi were contesting in 2000 when they launched the Positive Psychology movement. In a new paper, Joyce Bono and colleagues further this tradition by drawing attent........ Read more »

  • March 26, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Is I/O Psychology Ruining Human Resources?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In a recent issue of Human Resource Management Journal, Godard[1] provides a provocatively-titled opinion piece: “The psychologisation of employment relations?”  The central arguments of this paper are that 1) human resources management (HRM) is interdisciplinary, 2) industrial relations has historically been an important part of HRM, 3) organizational behavior has taken over HRM, pushing out industrial […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Free Gamification of Human Resources........ Read more »

Godard, J. (2014) The psychologisation of employment relations?. Human Resource Management Journal, 24(1), 1-18. DOI: 10.1111/1748-8583.12030  

  • March 25, 2014
  • 08:12 AM

Never the earner, always the bride: How male breadwinners view women in the workplace

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Across a series of studies, a new article demonstrates that married men who have a more traditional 'breadwinner role' at home tend to have more negative views on women in the workplace. Across their studies, Sreedhari Desai, Dolly Chugh and Arthur Brief defined traditional marriages as those where the wife was not employed, contrasted with couples that were dual-earning.  Firstly they employed data from US national surveys. In the first data set - 282 married men in 1996 - those in more tr........ Read more »

  • March 20, 2014
  • 12:46 PM

The toll we take from caring for our elders

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

'Just as there was a postwar baby boom, society is now in the midst of a senior boom.' While all organisations offer parental support at or beyond that mandated by the state, provision for employees involved in eldercare is far more hit and miss. In the article that provides our lead quote, Lisa Calvano of West Chester University takes us through the literature on the psychological impact of eldercare.Calvano’s literature review reveals a clear consensus on one point: psychological strain is s........ Read more »

  • March 19, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Shocking research: Generational stereotypes don’t make sense on the job

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

We’ve written about this a lot both here on the blog and over at The Jury Expert. So it isn’t news to us, but evidently it continues to surprise experts in other fields. Business journals are still urging differing management strategies for members of different generations in the workplace. But, as in other research, today’s […]

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Becton, J., Walker, H., & Jones-Farmer, A. (2014) Generational differences in workplace behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44(3), 175-189. DOI: 10.1111/jasp.12208  

  • March 17, 2014
  • 07:41 AM

Gamers find it easier to relax and detach from work

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

A new study suggests digital gaming during leisure time is associated with better recovery from working stresses, particularly when that gaming involves online interaction with other people. Contrary to prior research, time spent gaming is not an influential factor upon the findings. This suggests that rather than game play steadily replenishing personal resources, the act – or mere availability – of gaming can be beneficial in a range of forms, from a quick zap to longer immersive sessions......... Read more »

  • March 10, 2014
  • 09:32 AM

How the green-eyed monster colours our perceptions

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

The flush of envy - pain at another's good fortune - is a common experience in many a workplace. This emotion can disrupt wellbeing, heighten turnover, and contribute to poorer group performance. John Veiga and colleagues felt that existing models for evaluating workplace emotions give an incomplete account of envy, which is intimately linked to cognition and social standing. In a new article, they propose a new take on the green-eyed monster.Veiga's model begins with a felt appraisal triggered ........ Read more »

Veiga, J., Baldridge, D., & Markóczy, L. (2014) Toward greater understanding of the pernicious effects of workplace envy. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2013.877057  

  • February 26, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

When You Are Popular on Facebook, Strangers Think You’re Attractive

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

From psychology, we’ve known for a while that people create near-instant impressions of people based upon all sorts of cues. Visual cues (like unkempt hair or clothing), auditory cues (like a high- or low-pitched voice), and even olfactory cues (what’s that smell!?!) all combine rapidly to create our initial impressions of a person. Where things […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Facebook’s Bad For You But Good For MeSurprise: Social People Use FacebookEven Virtual Attr........ Read more »

  • February 21, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Do Recommendation Letters Actually Tell Us Anything Useful?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

Recommendation letters are one of the most face valid predictors of academic and job performance; it is certainly intuitive that someone writing about someone else whom they know well should be able to provide an honest and objective assessment of that person’s capabilities.  But despite their ubiquity, little research is available on the actual validity […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:GRE: The Personality TestEven If Job Applicants Cheat, Online Testing May Still Increase Job ........ Read more »

Kuncel, N. R., Kochevar, R. J., & Ones, D. S. (2014) A meta-analysis of letters of recommendation in college and graduate admissions: Reasons for hope. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 22(1), 101-107. info:/10.1111/ijsa.12060

  • February 11, 2014
  • 04:12 PM

Enduring Sharedom

by Jalees Rehman in Fragments of Truth

The recent study "Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook" conducted by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University monitored the public disclosure (information visible to all) and private disclosure (information visible to Facebook friends) of personal data by more than 5,000 Facebook users during the time period 2005-2011. ... Read more »

Fred Stutzman, Ralph Grossy, & Alessandro Acquistiz. (2012) Silent Listeners: The Evolution of Privacy and Disclosure on Facebook. Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality. info:/

  • February 6, 2014
  • 04:43 AM

Bullying at Work [Legal Organizations], Coping Strategies, and Health Problems

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Bullying, defined as the “repeated, systematic, and intentional negative behavior of one or more individuals directed at another individual”, causes stress and problems at work.  Bullying really hurts people and their organizations.  Bullies cause psychosomatic and physiologic complaints and psychological problems for their victims.  According to some definitions, bullying requires a power differential.  Most [...]
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Dehue, F., Bolman, C., Völlink, T., & Pouwelse, M. (2012) Coping with bullying at work and health related problems. . International Journal of Stress Management,. DOI: 10.1037/a0028969  

  • February 5, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Is Age-Related Mental Decline Not As Bad As We Think?

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

It’s well-supported in psychology that fluid intelligence (i.e. a person’s ability to solve unique, unfamiliar problems or remember large amounts of unfamiliar information, or otherwise flex their mental muscles) decreases with age.  There are several theories as to why – perhaps our brains become less efficient over time as our neurons age, or perhaps we […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can You Trust Self-Help Mental Health Information from the Internet?Inappropriat........ Read more »

Ramscar, M., Hendrix, P., Shaoul, C., Milin, P., & Baayen, H. (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: Non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 5-42. info:/10.1111/tops.12078

  • February 5, 2014
  • 12:10 AM

Meditation Mitigates Effects of Cognitive Biases

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

There have been thousands of scholarly articles written about the myriad benefits of meditation, but the one I came across recently was one of the first that confirmed one of my previously held beliefs: meditation helps you make better decisions. … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • February 3, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Simple Jury Persuasion: The Red Sneakers Effect

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

All those dress for success formulas apparently forgot something important. Nonconformity can be a good thing when thoughtfully applied. However, if observers think you are unaware that your behavior or attire is not conforming–then you’re just a weirdo. Harvard researchers call this the “red sneakers effect” and here’s how it works.  Many of us think […]

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  • January 29, 2014
  • 10:30 AM

Using Links And Writing About Morality Increase Perceived Credibility

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Borah[1] conducted two experiments on 550 people to identify the interactive effect between story framing and embedded links on people reading about politically charged issues – in this case, gay marriage and immigration.  The researchers found that a website with critical analysis of political strategy […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Can Graduate Students Grade Writing As Effectively as Professionals?New R........ Read more »

Borah, P. (2014) The hyperlinked world: A look at how the interactions of news frames and hyperlinks influence news credibility and willingness to seek information. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. info:/

  • January 28, 2014
  • 11:53 PM

Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness and Acceptance of Thoughts and Emotions Helps Us Feel the “Pang” and Leads to Better Navigation of Our World

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Mindfulness practice, which involves present moment awareness and nonjudgmental acceptance of present emotions and thoughts, works.  The authors of a recent psychological science commentary noted that the practice of mindfulness training seems to provide a number of benefits.  Its popularity has increased in Western cultures for several decades.  These things partly explain why psychological [...]The post Mindfulness and [Lawyers’] Improved Executive Control: Refined Affective Awareness........ Read more »

  • January 27, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

“Unpleasant body odor” and people’s desire to help you

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

Maybe I shouldn’t have bothered. I spent thirteen years consulting with managers and nothing could turn them into anxious giggling adolescents faster than figuring out how to talk to an employee about offensive body odor. Somehow, it felt more “personal” than addressing issues like tardiness, inappropriate or disruptive behaviors, poor work performance, or the myriad […]

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  • January 24, 2014
  • 12:13 PM

Is There Really Less Turnover in Fun Workplaces?

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

In first considering this question, my reflexive response is – of course! But do you know why fun contributes to less turnover? Hold onto that thought and see if it turns out to be the same answer that researchers came up … Continue reading →... Read more »

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