Tag Archives: emotion

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The Transparency Illusion

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I think you will really enjoy today’s self-delusion topic. Not only is it very common, but knowing more about it can save you from some very embarrassing situations. What is this perilous misconception? The transparency illusion. You can read more about it in Heidi Grant Halvorson’s great new book No One Understands You And What To Do About It or a quick review of the book such as this one in The Atlantic.

Try though you might to come across in a certain way to others, people often perceive you in an altogether different way.

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The Emotional Benefits of Sitting

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The response to our two articles (so far) on sitting versus standing at work, the first on standing desks and the second on a total reconceptualization of the workplace to support leaning instead of either sitting or standing was off the charts. Every LinkedIn group got responses from ergonomists, productivity specialists, and people with personal experience. We even got comments directly on the articles here on the EID site (which doesn’t always happen).

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Rituals and Symbolic Gestures

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In this season of the New Year’s resolutions, Jayashri Kulkarni from Monash University has some useful insight us to keep in mind.

In my patient’s case, unfortunately, I suspect her New Year’s resolution provided her with the opportunity to procrastinate. Despite comprehensive development of a smoking cessation plan, and extensive knowledge about the dangers to her health, she just didn’t want to give up smoking.

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Scouting the Future

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I joined Barrett Caldwell’s Scout the Future program. The idea is to heighten our sense of awareness of emerging systems, environments, technologies, and social movements and how human factors can be applied to them.

Through the program, HFES members who are involved in cutting-edge technologies, have particularly broad connections in diverse research and engineering domains, and who can spot a trend before it hits the mainstream can share that information with the Executive Council.

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Bad Luck or Conspiracy in the Checkout Line

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I am sure this will resonate with many of you, and you have probably thought about it from a HF perspective many times while waiting in the slowest checkout line in the store.

You run into the grocery store to quickly pick up one ingredient. You grab what you need and head to the front of the store. After quickly sizing up the check-out lines, you choose the one that looks fastest. You chose wrong…

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The Real Science of Truthiness

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This piece has gone somewhat viral, and while the basic message is important, it gets some of the facts wrong. So I thought I would use this platform to share my concerns and see if you agree. Maybe it is me who is wrong.

Truthiness is “truth that comes from the gut, not books,” Colbert said in 2005. Scientists who study the phenomenon … use the term. It humorously captures how, as cognitive psychologist Eryn Newman put it, “smart, sophisticated people” can go awry on questions of fact.

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Robots and Personality

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I was really intrigued by this article in the Ideas section of the Boston Sunday Globe. It talks about the interaction between a robot’s projected personality and user acceptance. One of the things I really like about the Globe’s Idea section is that they cover the original research pretty well. Unlike some other media outlets that I have ranted about recently.

Smart machines need the right “personality” to work well—and experts are finding the best choice may not always be what we think we want.

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OkCupid’s Tricky Priming

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Today’s post ties together a whole bunch of topics we have talked about recently. It starts with an article from Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OK Cupid.

I’m the first to admit it: we might be popular, we might create a lot of great relationships, we might blah blah blah. But OkCupid doesn’t really know what it’s doing.

In this article, he crows about the experiments that OK Cupid runs and pooh poohs the hubbub that arose after the Facebook reveal last month.

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Delight: The Third Generation of HF

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Every once in a while, it is important to look back and take stock of where we have been. It is a critical part of understanding where we are now and predicting where we are going. This article from UX Magazine doesn’t go into the history, but it got me thinking along these lines.

Naturally, the chosen moniker of “Experiences” jumped out at us. UX practitioners have known for years what a lynchpin experience design is in the success and proliferation of a product or service, and the business world seems to be taking giant steps that affirm the importance of experience…

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Information Aversion – A Regrettable Form of Self-delusion

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I often talk about self-delusion. In many cases, we can frame situations so that they are positive and unless there are unavoidable and serious consequences this can actually increase lifetime levels of happiness. But when there are unavoidable and serious consequences, we need to pop the self-delusion bubble. This is one of those examples. The study finds that women who hear that a coworker was diagnosed with breast cancer are less likely to get mammograms and to be proactive about their own health.

It’s the idea that information can sometimes be scary. And in those cases, people can sometimes avoid that kind of information…