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September 2, 2015

July 2, 2015 — A researcher has created an easier email encryption method – one that sounds familiar to parents who try to outsmart their 8-year-old child. The new technique gets rid of the complicated, ... read more

Emoticons May Signal Better Customer Service ;)

May 21, 2015 — Online customer service agents who use emoticons and who are fast typists may have a better chance of putting smiles on their customers' faces during business-related text chats, according to ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers have rated the leadership skills of more than 120 characters featured in 'The Transformers' cartoon in 1984-85 and 'The Transformers: The Movie' in 1986. Their ... read more

Deciding on a Purchase: Does It Matter If You Look Up or Down While Shopping?

Mar. 4, 2015 — Next time you look up at a higher shelf in a store or down at your phone when making a purchase, think about how the direction you are looking could influence your decision. According to a new study, ... read more

Taking Madness out of March Madness

Mar. 4, 2015 — A business professor takes the madness out of the month with his "Dance Card" Method for determining NCAA March Madness brackets, also known as ... read more

Blockbusters: Can EEGs Predict a Movie's Success Better Than Surveys?

Feb. 25, 2015 — Seventy-five percent of movies earn a net loss during their run in theaters. A new study finds that brain activity visible through EEG measures may be a much cheaper and more accurate way to predict ... read more

Heightened Scents: Do Ambient Fragrances Make Consumers Purchase More?

Jan. 21, 2015 — Do consumers make different choices based on the fragrance surrounding them? A new study shows for the first time that the “temperature” of scents in a store atmosphere may have a powerful effect ... read more

How Attached to Our Smart Phones Are We?

Jan. 21, 2015 — Are we emotionally attached to our smart phones? That was the question scientists hoped to answer in a new article. understanding how users become reliant on their smart phone for particular tasks, ... read more

Hostile Boss? Study Finds Advantages to Giving It Right Back

Jan. 20, 2015 — In a result that surprised researchers, a new study found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility. "Before we did this study, I ... read more

Inventors Choose to Reveal Their Secret Sauce Before Patent Approval

Jan. 15, 2015 — Common wisdom and prior economic research suggest that an inventor filing a patent would want to keep the technical know-how secret as long as possible. But a new study of nearly 2 million patents in ... read more

In the Mood to Trade? Weather May Influence Institutional Investors' Stock Decisions

Jan. 15, 2015 — Weather changes may affect how institutional investors decide on stock plays, according to a new study. Their findings suggest sunny skies put professional investors more in a mood to buy, while ... read more

Is It Possible to Be Addicted to Entrepreneurship?

Nov. 12, 2014 — Researchers have examined why some entrepreneurs keep starting new businesses. Researchers looked at the underlying psychological processes that may motivate some entrepreneurs to repeatedly engage ... read more

Only 6% of People Work in the Occupations They Aspired to in Childhood

Nov. 10, 2014 — Children who aspire to professions considered sex-typical have twice the chance of ending up in one of them as an adult. However, only “Only 6% of people work in the profession they aspired to in ... read more

Nov. 5, 2014 — People look for candidates with a healthy complexion when choosing a leader, but don't favor the most intelligent-looking candidates except for positions that require negotiation between groups ... read more

This Just In: Political Correctness Pumps Up Productivity on the Job

Nov. 4, 2014 — Political correctness, loathed by some as censorship awash in leftist philosophy, actually boosts the creativity of mixed-sex work teams. These results highlight a paradoxical consequence: A term ... read more

Acknowledging Appearance Reduces Bias When Beauties Apply for Masculine Jobs, Says Study

Oct. 7, 2014 — Past research shows physical beauty can be detrimental to women applying for masculine jobs. But belles can put the brakes on discrimination by acknowledging their looks during an interview, ... read more

Self-Made Billionaires More Likely to Give Than Inheritors

Sep. 29, 2014 — Billionaires who have built their own fortunes are more likely to pledge to donate a large portion of their wealth to charities, than those who are heirs to family fortunes, a study has shown. The ... read more

Networking Can Make Some Feel 'Dirty,' Says New Study

Sep. 10, 2014 — If schmoozing for work leaves you with a certain 'ick' factor, that's not just awkwardness you're feeling. Professional networking can create feelings of moral impurity and ... read more

Sep. 8, 2014 — For the first time, it has been demonstrated that people with psychopathic tendencies who have high IQs can mask their symptoms by manipulating tests designed to reveal their personalities. It raises ... read more

Aug. 21, 2014 — Contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes, researchers say. The commonly-held assumption that positivity ... read more

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