From hugging to social skills, psychology has an impact on our everyday lives. Here are some of the best psychological facts to impress friends and co-workers.
Have terrible handwriting? It’s a cause to be pleased. The reader automatically pays greater attention and remembers what you’ve written, much better.
Researchers at the prestigious Princeton University were able to determine that when study material, across a wide range of subjects, was presented in a difficult to read font, students paid closer attention and thus remembered better.
According to the research: “Study 1 found that information in hard-to-read fonts was better remembered than easier to read information in a controlled laboratory setting. Study 2 extended this finding to high school classrooms.
“The results suggest that superficial changes to learning materials could yield significant improvements in educational outcomes.”
With a bit of extrapolating one would think of achieving similar results with business communication and presentations. So here’s some food for thought.
The Power of Hugging
Sometime back we wrote an article on the power of hugs. Science only confirms this. Make it a practice to hug your partner and close friends for a good 20 seconds and more. This magical 20-second hug will elevate the love and trust hormone Oxytocin, and reduce stress.
In fact Oxytocin as a nasal spray is being researched to replace antidepressants. It’s also used as a painkiller. Another research found that it enhances the positivity of social memories. We humans are hyper social so why be stingy on giving and receiving positivity and good health?
The University of Maryland invests an abundance of resources towards the development of children. Many of their findings are of great interest.
Parental involvement in the academic activities of the child brings about better success. The more a toddler explores, the better are the chances of academic success.
If a child grows in a diverse environment without prejudices the better are the achievements.
We all know that good social relationships are satisfying. Studies go on confirming that our relationships have such an impact on our psychological well being that they are equally or more important than exercise and diet.
This study goes on to say, “Physiological impacts of structural and functional dimensions of social relationships emerge uniquely in adolescence and midlife and persist into old age.”
There is a true story about the descendants of the Dutch and Italians living under similar conditions except for the fact that the descendants of Italians eat more pasta and such foods.
“Despite this the descendants of Italians were found to live healthier and longer lives due to better social interaction and community living. This happened in the U.S. in neighbouring villages.
We are more creative and have better insights when we are tired. An acquaintance of mine is involved in the development of websites and other creative work.
He usually begins his working ‘day’ after dinner and is quite firm that he works much better this way. This study examined the effects of the time of the day on problem solving during what they called the optimal and non-optimal times of the day.
The result was that humans consistently showed greater ability for solving problems that needed insight during the non-optimal times.
There was no change in analytic problem solving. Their findings indicated that doing creative work during non-optimal times is better.
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