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  • January 23, 2014
  • 09:30 AM

The Privacy Paradox: Why People Who Complain About Privacy Also Overshare

by Richard Landers in NeoAcademic

In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Taddicken[1] explores a phenomenon called the privacy paradox, a term that describes how social media users report that they are concerned about their privacy but do very little to actively protect it. In this study, 2739 German Internet users were surveyed to help identify why […]Related articles from NeoAcademic:Privacy, Usage Rights, and Hidden CamerasWhy Do People Play Online Social Games?Faculty Apparently Use Soc........ Read more »

Taddicken, M. (2014) The 'privacy paradox' in the social web: The impact of privacy concerns, individual characteristics, and the perceived social relevance on different forms of self-disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 248-273. info:/10.1111/jcc4.12052

  • January 13, 2014
  • 05:38 AM

What does volunteering say about how much your job means to you, and how well you perform in it?

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

What motivates someone to volunteer? This question lies at the heart of Jessica Rodell's dissertation research, now published in the Academy of Management Journal. Rodell looked at two differing perspectives on why we take on meaningful activities outside of a paying job. Are we after something we can't get from our nine to five? Or is it that the meaning we taste in our job makes us hungry - voracious, even - for more?Rodell's first study surveyed 208 people, three quarters of whom were women, ........ Read more »

  • January 10, 2014
  • 08:02 AM

Declining stock values? You need to hire a “hot CEO”!

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Like Yahoo! did when they hired Marissa Mayer. At least one media outlet chose to illustrate their writeup of today’s study with Ms. Mayer. We’ve written before about law firm success but that seems to be tied not to the “hotness” of the managing partner but to their appearance of  competence. Ms. Mayer was loudly […]

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Halford, Joseph, Taylor Hsu, & Scott H. C. (2013) Beauty is Wealth: CEO Appearance and Shareholder Value. SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2357756  

  • January 6, 2014
  • 02:05 PM

Facebook is a Poor Predictor of Performance of Job Applicants

by Jeremiah Stanghini in Jeremiah Stanghini

A few months ago, I planned on writing more posts about academic research. I wrote one about spending your bonus on others making you happier (than if you’d spent it on yourself), but haven’t got around to it since. My intentions … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • December 24, 2013
  • 07:46 AM

Rebooting Organisational Citizenship Behaviour for the 21st Century

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Fans of comics are well acquainted with franchises being 'rebooted', and aficionados of TV and film may have experienced this with the Battlestar Galactica series or Star Trek movies. What seems cutting edge and on-the-nose in one era can begin to look dated and out of touch in another, so a deft hand is needed to sharpen things up. But did you ever consider that psychological concepts get rebooted too? Just like TV media, what makes sense in one era can be anachronistic in another. So, here's a........ Read more »

  • December 20, 2013
  • 11:48 AM

Important Notice to PI Attorneys: Five (5) Lawyer Characteristics Desired Most by Personal Injury Clients in Claims Settlement Process

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

As a personal injury lawyer, do you provide your clients what they want?  An interdisciplinary team of Dutch researchers recently investigated the lawyer-client relationship, specifically what clients with claims in settlement processes prefer to experience, from the perspective of the client.  This qualitative research study has limitations, but the conclusions in the big picture [...]The post Important Notice to PI Attorneys: Five (5) Lawyer Characteristics Desired Most by Personal Injury Cl........ Read more »

Elbers NA, van Wees KA, Akkermans AJ, Cuijpers P, & Bruinvels DJ. (2012) Exploring Lawyer-Client Interaction: A Qualitative Study of Positive Lawyer Characteristics. Psychological injury and law, 5(1), 89-94. PMID: 22866183  

  • December 20, 2013
  • 11:10 AM

If you love to multitask, you better have the aptitude to back it up

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Over a typical working day, I'll juggle all manner of tasks, some important, some urgent, all competing for attention. Multitasking, in this sense, is common to many a modern workplace, and it's been known for some time that people differ in their enjoyment of it.Over the last decade, studies have confirmed that people vary also in their ability to multitask. A new study by Kristin Sanderson and colleagues suggests that to understand someone's fit to a multitasking role, it's critical to look at........ Read more »

Kristin R. Sanderson, Valentina Bruk-Lee, Chockalingam Viswesvaran, Sara Gutierrez, & Tracy Kantrowitz. (2013) Multitasking: Do preference and ability interact to predict performance at work? . Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 556-563. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12025  

  • December 18, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

The Autocrat and the Role of Presiding Juror

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Recently, in a multi-panel mock trial, we held our breaths as a 60-something white male business man volunteered to be the presiding juror since he had a lot of experience leading groups. We had purposely loaded the group with only a single strong Plaintiff juror (and a second moderate Plaintiff supporter), knew the new presiding […]

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  • December 18, 2013
  • 07:13 AM

Why we flirt at work: the performance perspective

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

When we think about sexual behaviour in the workplace, it's easy to conjure up the Christmas-party fling or the clandestine affair; or, if we're in a more sober mood, we might turn to the topic of sexual harassment. Harassment and office romance are also the focus of most of the research in this area. Yet workplace sexual behaviour comes in many flavours, according to a new paper by Marla Baskerville Watkins and colleagues.The article is interested in how the workplace contains sexual performanc........ Read more »

Marla Baskerville Watkins, Alexis Nicole Smith, & Karl Aquino. (2013) The Use and Consequences of Strategic Sexual Performances. The Academy of Management Perspectives, 27(3), 173-186. DOI: 10.5465/amp.2010.0109  

  • December 14, 2013
  • 01:15 AM

Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in Emotion Understanding as the “Best” Choice

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

A “compelling and robust correlation between the ability to understand emotion and counterpart mood” has been shown in the context of negotiation.  More specifically, from the results of their two studies in which they utilized an ability-based model of emotional intelligence, emotional intelligence researchers concluded that the “Practical implications of these findings are clear; [...]The post Who Is Your Firm’s “A-Game” Negotiator? Research Points to Those Higher in E........ Read more »

  • December 13, 2013
  • 09:38 AM

Want a spate of good deeds? Confront the ne'er do wells...

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Discovering you are racking up more work misdemeanours than the organisation considers acceptable can lead people to perform reparation behaviours to compensate for their misdeeds. The study that reports this new finding did not rely on public or interpersonal shaming for its effect; anonymous feedback that the individual had committed an above-average amount of counterproductive work actions was enough to provoke guilt, and through that, altruism.On day one of Remus Ilies's survey-based study, ........ Read more »

  • December 10, 2013
  • 11:14 PM

JUST PUBLISHED: Personal Qualities Assessment Across Cultures

by Mark Rubin in The University of Newcastle's School of Psychology Newsline

Myself (Miles Bore), Don Munro and David Powis have spent the last 15 years developing and testing personality questionnaires and ability tests for use in the selection of medical students. While much of the focus of our research has been the use of these tests in Australia and the UK, we have also had opportunities to trial the tests in countries where English is not the first language such as Sweden, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal and Fiji. Recently we were approached by Saharnaz Nedjat from Teh........ Read more »

  • December 10, 2013
  • 07:42 AM

How space and time collide for self-employed teleworkers

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

I'm self-employed and often need to get work done in a variety of locations. In theory, I should be most productive at home, with everything at my fingertips, but sometimes the exact reverse is true (which explains why I'm writing this from a cafe). So it was a treat to read a recent article by Mona Mustafa and Michael Gold on managing 'temporal and physical boundaries among self-employed teleworkers.' The article reports on a number of practices that may be useful to anyone in this situation.Th........ Read more »

Mona Mustafa, & Michael Gold. (2013) ‘Chained to my work’? Strategies to manage temporal and physical boundaries among self-employed teleworkers . Human Resource Management Journal, 23(4), 413-429. info:/

  • December 4, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

A law firm’s financial success & the managing partners’ face

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Hmmm. Here’s research that says the appearance of managing partners’ faces at America’s 100 top law firms is tied to firm “profit margin, profitability index, and profits per equity partner”. You may want to look at managing partners’ faces before making a decision about that job offer! We’ve written about first impressions before but this […]

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  • December 2, 2013
  • 12:11 PM

Transformational leaders craft the right emotional states. Positive people are already in them

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

At their best, leaders get something from their workforce that would have been impossible otherwise. Research on this 'transformational leadership' style suggests that it can inspire employees to more creative performance - such as coming up with new and useful products – as well as encouraging helping behaviours. However, these benefits aren't seen across every study. A new paper suggests one reason is that some people simply don't need what the transformational leader has to offer.Phillip Gi........ Read more »

  • December 2, 2013
  • 02:40 AM

Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, and Important Predictors of [Legal] Organization Effectiveness

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

Does emotional intelligence, a set of abilities concerned with processing emotions and emotional information, contribute to how one member of a self-managed group who lacks formal authority may influence other members?  Researchers recently addressed this important question about informal influence processes and the concept called leadership emergence.  The answer is “Yes”.  Leadership emergence relates [...]The post Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Mechanisms of Leadership Emergence, ........ Read more »

  • November 28, 2013
  • 08:39 AM

Not getting much out of meetings? You may be masking your feelings too much

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

Organisations invest up to 15 per cent of their personnel budget on meetings, yet their ubiquity is a common source of frustration, partly validated by evidence that as many as a third of meetings simply aren't productive. As research catches on to the importance of this area, we are beginning to understand how practical factors like agendas and refreshments influence meeting quality. So what about the emotional side to meetings? According to a new study, meeting attendees who feel the need to m........ Read more »

Linda R. Shanock, Joseph A. Allen, Alexandra M. Dunn, Benjamin E. Baran, Cliff W. Scott, & Steven G. Rogelberg. (2013) Less acting, more doing: How surface acting relates to perceived meeting effectiveness and other employee outcomes . Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 457-476. DOI: 10.1111/joop.12037  

  • November 25, 2013
  • 07:40 PM

Training and Development for [Legal] Organizations – The Science Behind What to Train, How to Train, and How to Implement and Evaluate the Design and Delivery of Training [Part 1]

by Dan DeFoe in Psycholawlogy

A team of leading experts in the science and application of training recently provided a comprehensive review and summary of what is known about training, how to decide whether training is needed, what steps to follow in training program design, and among other things, how to assess a training program’s impact. Properly designed and [...]The post Training and Development for [Legal] Organizations – The Science Behind What to Train, How to Train, and How to Implement and Evaluate the ........ Read more »

Salas, E., Tannenbaum, S. I., Kraiger, K., & Smith-Jentsch, K. A. (2012) The science of training and development in organizations: What matters in practice. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. DOI: 10.1177/1529100612436661  

  • November 25, 2013
  • 08:02 AM

Timing your request for that questionable favor…

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

So you need to ask someone to do something and that “something” lies in the morally murky or ambiguous realm. We won’t offer examples of what that favor may be, but you know what we mean. You may wonder when is best to ask. Right after you’ve begun the day (and they’ve had ample coffee)? […]

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  • November 25, 2013
  • 06:14 AM

Autocratic people dampen group collaboration... when the group lets them

by Alex Fradera in BPS Occupational Digest

New research suggests that formal leaders with a strong sense of personal power have a negative impact on the performance of their team. The work by Leigh Tost and colleagues outlines how feeling powerful leads to a sense of entitlement within group discussions that can crowd out other voices and lead to less valuable information-sharing. This happens only when the powerful-feeling person has a formal leadership role; if they don’t, other group members don't allow the domination and therefore ........ Read more »

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