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July 15, 2018

Dr. BJ Fogg is the behavior scientist responsible for the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University. He founded it in 1998 to conduct research into computers as persuasive technologies that influence how people think and act. In 2003, Fogg published a book on his findings called Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think...

July 13, 2018

Quality relationships are one of the leading sources of happiness and satisfaction in life according to The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, a psychology-based book by Sonja Lyubomirsky. This means that relationships with friends, family and romantic partners should be nurtured and prioritized. However, in the age of...

July 11, 2018

Flow, a mental state of complete yet effortless concentration, is a concept that was coined by Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in 1975. Colloquially, people may recognize the feeling as being “in the zone” or “in the groove.” Csikszentmihalyi was a prisoner during World War II and became interested in human happiness and how people become...

July 9, 2018

In 2012, social psychologist Amy Cuddy delivered a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland. She discussed a 2010 study she co-authored that concluded “power poses,” basically standing like a superhero with your hands on your waist and your chest puffed out, actually produce feelings of power in the brain. The video of the talk has over...

July 7, 2018

According to Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck in her book Mindset: The New Psychology, the way we think about our own talents and abilities has a big influence on our successes professionally, academically and personally. Dweck identifies two starkly different mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. Those with a fixed mindset believe...