Curiosity

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24 01, 2023

Stereotype Threat: Why people perform worse at some tasks based on their identity

By |2023-01-25T10:31:24+01:00January 24th, 2023|Curiosity|0 Comments

Have you ever heard that women are bad drivers? Or that Asian students are good at math? Or that people who work in accounting are not creative? Well, there is a powerful psychological phenomenon which means that if someone is part of a group where there is a stereotype that they will underperform or be [...]

6 12, 2022

Having an argument with Artificial Intelligence

By |2022-12-06T21:21:04+01:00December 6th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

You may have seen news of people talking about the new artificial intelligence chatbot from OpenAI, called ChatGPT. Put simply, this is a way you can ask questions to OpenAI's huge artificial intelligence in a natural, chat-like manner. So for example, you can ask it questions in natural text, and instead of just linking to [...]

14 11, 2022

If you want someone to make a decision, give them fewer choices

By |2022-11-14T11:31:21+01:00November 14th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

We often think that giving people more choices is better than having fewer choices. After all, wouldn't we all want to have the option of getting something perfectly suited to our desires, than having to settle for what is available on the shelf? However, research has shown that if you want people to make a [...]

13 10, 2022

The availability bias: Why we overestimate the likelihood of scary but unlikely events

By |2022-10-13T21:08:57+02:00October 13th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

What is more likely to kill you: A shark? Or a cow? Most people would be much more afraid of a shark. After all, they are known to be an alpha predator, and many movies show how easily they will kill anyone that comes to close. Indeed, a 2010 survey conducted in the USA found [...]

11 10, 2022

The pandemic has changed our personalities

By |2022-10-11T16:12:16+02:00October 11th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

If you have felt like being locked inside during the last 2+ years of the pandemic has made you less creative, you might just be right. New research from September 2022 has looked at how the Big 5 Personality traits of more than 7,109 people in the USA have changed over time, comparing their results [...]

3 10, 2022

The Scrabble champions from Thailand who speak no English

By |2022-10-03T08:45:31+02:00October 3rd, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

In order to win a game of Scrabble, you need to know a lot of words. Because you never know which combinations of 7 random letters of the alphabet you will get, the player with the largest vocabulary has more possible words, and more potentially longer and higher scoring words, to choose from. That is [...]

23 09, 2022

Potemkin villages and faking innovation

By |2022-09-23T20:15:37+02:00September 23rd, 2022|Curiosity|1 Comment

Sometimes, innovation teams will attempt to show fake success in order to hide their real struggles. Have you ever heard of a Potemkin village? According to historical stories, in 1787 Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tauricheski of Russia was tasked with settling more Russians into the land of Crimea, which at that time had just been annexed [...]

25 08, 2022

Dunbar’s number

By |2022-08-25T16:37:15+02:00August 25th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

How many people can you meet in your lifetime, and could you potentially keep in touch with? Hundreds? Thousands? Millions? After all, there are people on Facebook with thousands of friends, or millions of instagram followers. According to research by anthropologist Robin Dunbar, the number is actually likely closer to about 150 individuals. This is [...]

8 06, 2022

The more people are in your company, the more administrative effort it takes

By |2022-06-08T16:33:19+02:00June 8th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

If you were at a party, and wanted to shake hands with everyone, how many handshakes would it take? Simple: it would be the total number of people at the party, minus one (yourself). That grows with the total number of people involved. But how many total handshakes take place, and how long would it [...]

6 06, 2022

The Rosy Retrospective: Why we think the “good old times” were better

By |2022-06-06T21:17:18+02:00June 6th, 2022|Curiosity|0 Comments

Nostalgia can be a powerful force preventing innovation in companies. After all, people often would rather keep the status quo than run the risk of changing something while being unsure that the change will make things better. It also seems to imply that people often think of the past more fondly than the present, as [...]