Strategies to boost donations at crowdfunding sites

Computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other...

Practice doesn’t make perfect… but it comes pretty close

A researcher demystifies this game of success, and shows that exceptional performance is not necessarily the direct result of special talent, experience, or sheer luck.

Does planning interfere with achieving your goals?

It seems really simple: If you want to achieve something, set a goal and then make specific plans to implement it.

How the brain creates the ‘buzz’ that helps ideas spread

How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted?

Red? Blue? Yellow? How logo color affects feelings about your brand

A researcher has found that the specific colors used in a company’s logo have a significant impact on how that logo, and the brand as a whole, is viewed by consumers.

Understanding & integrating different learning styles

Educators have tried to boost learning by focusing on differences in learning styles. Management consultants tout the impact that different...

Do experts seek negative feedback to get motivated?

The authors of this study looked closely at the ways beginners versus experts respond to negative or positive feedback.

Why willpower alone is not enough to motivate you

Unconscious motivation plays a substantial role in how we respond to challenges. Find out how much.

Trade secrets: How freelancers can land more virtual jobs

As an increasing number of freelancers depend on the virtual workplace, how can they make themselves more attractive to potential employers?

To learn better, take a nap (and don’t forget to dream)

People who take a nap and dream about a task they’ve just learned perform it better upon waking than those who don’t sleep at all, or those who sleep but don’t dream.

Getting creative outside work can boost your on-the-job performance

Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job.

Media multitasking is really multi-distracting

Multitaskers who think they can successfully divide their attention between the program on their television set and the information on their computer screen proved to be driven to distraction by the two devices.

Let it go… but not in the boardroom

Study by USC Marshall School of Business and USC faculty illuminates how facial expressions affect cooperation While Disney’s Frozen Academy...

It looks like success really does breed success

For decades, it has been observed that similar people experience divergent success trajectories, with some repeatedly succeeding and others repeatedly failing.

Career tools: Learning the art of self-promotion

Tips and tools for professional development include making your aptitudes and accomplishments more visible.

How motivated are you? Depends on your personality

For some people, neither the carrot nor the stick will serve as a motivational tool

The lure of entertainment & work is hard to resist

Trying to resist that late-night tweet or checking your work email again?

Award-winning books get more negative ratings

Looking for a good book? Stay away from the award-winning section of the bookstore or library.

Want to get more creative? Take a walk

When the task at hand requires some imagination, taking a walk may lead to more creative thinking than sitting.

Too many chefs: Smaller groups make more accurate decisions

The trope that the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with the abundance of brains involved might not hold up when a collective faces a variety of factors — as often happens in life and nature.