Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

The Science of the Story

Scientific American had a great article on the science of story telling (see my post The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn). The University of California, Berkely’s Greater Good Science Center has an updated article on the science of stories that’s just as worthy of a read.  (Read it on the original web site to get all the pictures and videos).

The Science of the Story

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016 | Greater Good (U of Berkeley)

We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why

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June 9, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, brain | , , , , | Leave a comment

How much of the ability to lead is genetic?

How much of the ability to lead is genetic? Nature vs nurture as applied to management is discussed. From The Economist, September 25, 2010:

The biology of business

Homo administrans

Biologists have brought rigour to psychology, sociology and even economics. Now they are turning their attention to the softest science of all: management

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March 12, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, business, genes | , , , | Leave a comment

Be touched to give more

My conclusion from the article below: if you’re negotiating, offer your opponent a free massage before your meeting, and make sure you avoid one. Especially true for women.

Evolutionary psychology

A touch of generosity

Aug 14th 2008
From The Economist print edition

Touch can inspire munificence towards those you trust

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | evolutionary psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment