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How Will Automated Technology Affect Communication-Related Jobs?

June 8, 2016 — What happens if people increasingly rely on automated machines to carry out the socially essential work of communicating with one another? Automation of communication raises broad social, economic, ... read more

Benefit of Organizational Misconduct: Others in Group May Work Harder, Study Says

May 19, 2016 — Misconduct within an organization is generally seen as a predicament at best, a catastrophe at worst. But a new study shows that such misconduct, or “deviance,” can prove beneficial by causing ... read more

May 9, 2016 — A new study provides empirical evidence for the mistrust and erosion of social capital that exists in regions worldwide due to witchcraft ... read more

Engineering Student’s Late Night Caffeine Craving Inspires Travel Mug That Brews Its Own Coffee

Mar. 16, 2016 — When Joseph Hyman ‘11, mechanical engineering, was a student at UMBC, he was sitting in the library craving a fresh, hot cup of coffee, when an idea struck him: Wouldn’t it be great if a travel ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly ... read more

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

May 1, 2015 — Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new ... 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

Ten More Years of Real Money?

Apr. 21, 2015 — We will still be using "real" money for at least the next 5 to 10 years, but financial transactions carried out using mobile electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers, ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — A new study assesses how accurately gender representations in online image search results for 45 different occupations -- from CEO to telemarketer to engineer -- match reality. Exposure to skewed ... read more

March Madness Brackets: Flipping a Coin Is Your Best Bet

Mar. 10, 2015 — Each year, millions of people lose billions of dollars in NCAA March Madness basketball pools. Still, most return the following year for another ... 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

Feb. 17, 2015 — New research suggests women seek more options in dating partners near ovulation -- when they are most fertile -- which may lead them to also seek a greater variety of products and ... read more

People Value Resources More Consistently When They Are Scarce

Feb. 12, 2015 — We tend to be economically irrational when it comes to choosing how we use resources like money and time but scarcity can convert us into economically rational decision makers, according to new ... 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

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