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Weather and Personality Measurements (12-15-14)

Design is increasingly being customized for users based on individual differences, such as personality.  Researchers have learned that weather conditions can influence scores on “personality self-ratings. . . . self-ratings for some personality domains differed depending on the weather conditions on the day the inventory was completed. When compared with corresponding self-ratings collected under mixed weather conditions, ratings for . . . Openness to Experience were significantly lower on rainy days and ratings for Conscientiousness were significantly lower on sunny days.”

Satisfaction and Productivity at Work (12-11-14)

Schwartz and Porath surveyed 19,000 employed people to learn what those individuals thought increased their work-related satisfaction and performance.  The researchers found “that people feel better and perform better and more sustainably when four basic needs are met: renewal (physical); value (emotional), focus (mental) and purpose (spiritual). . . . The opportunity and encouragement to intermittently rest and renew our energy during the work day serves as an antidote to the increasing overload so many of us feel. . . .

More Benefits of Walkability (12-08-14)

Researchers at the University of Kansas have linked living in a walkable community with better cognitive functioning among the elderly.  Their study, presented at the 2014 meeting of the Gerontological Society of America determined that “neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults.”  Watts, one of the study authors reports that “’Features of a neighborhood that encourage walking for transportation require having someplace worth walking to, like neighbors’ houses, stores and parks.’ Watts said neighborhoods that inspire walking for leisure al

Suburbanites are Happiest and Most Productive (12-04-14)

Goetz, Davlasheridze, and Han investigated where the happiest people in the country live and links between home locations and productivity.  They determined that “People in the country’s unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity. . . .

Jazz It Up! (11-25-14)

Recent research with people putting golf balls can logically be extended to individuals engaged in other similar activities – while boosting a few holiday golf games!  Baghurst and his colleagues investigated “the benefit of music in [a] fine motor control situation,” i.e., while people are putting golf balls.  All study participants putted while listening to, in a random order, “no music or classical, country, rock, jazz, and hip hop/rap.”  The researchers found that “With the exception of rock music, participants performed significantly better in all musical trials compared

Bonding Via Nostalgia (11-21-14)

It seems there are some real benefits to thinking about nostalgic group events; those sentimental thoughts generally strengthen relationships among teammates.  Wildschut and his colleagues learned that individuals “who reflected on a nostalgic event they had experienced together with [other] group members . . . evaluated [their] group more positively and reported stronger intentions” to associate with group members than people who “recalled a nostalgic event they had experienced individually . . . those who reflected on a lucky event they had experienced together with . .

Jazz It Up! (11-19-14)

Recent research with people putting golf balls can logically be extended to individuals engaged in other similar activities – while boosting a few holiday golf games!  Baghurst and his colleagues investigated “the benefit of music in [a] fine motor control situation,” i.e., while people are putting golf balls.  All study participants putted while listening to, in a random order, “no music or classical, country, rock, jazz, and hip hop/rap.”  The researchers found that “With the exception of rock music, participants performed significantly better in all musical trials compared