Success and selecting luxurious options have been linked by Wu and his team. They report that “Conspicuous consumption refers to the phenomenon where individuals purchase goods for signaling social status, rather than for its inherent functional value. . . . Winning a [social] competition increased . . . preferences for higher-status vs. lower-status products.” All participants in the study by Wu and colleagues were male and an example of conspicuous consumption is buying an expensive sports car.
Research Design Connections
Gibson and his team studied the how languages communicate color information. They learned that “Across languages, from the hunter-gatherer Tsimane' people of the Amazon to students in Boston, warm colors are communicated more efficiently than cool colors. This cross-linguistic pattern reflects the color statistics of the world: Objects (what we talk about) are typically warm-colored, and backgrounds are cool-colored. Communicative needs also explain why the number of color terms varies across languages: Cultures vary in how useful color is.
Digg shares, at the website noted below, floor plans for several fictional television workplaces drawn up by Bizdaq. These sets influence user expectations for actual workplaces, so a review of these floor plans can be time well spent.
Joey Cosco. 2017. “Tour the Floor Plans of All Your Favorite TV Offices.” http://digg.com/2017/tv-business-floor-plans
The National Walking and Walkable Communities Report Card has been issued. It seems that the United States may need some remedial tutoring: “The United States earns failing grades when it comes to the number of people walking to work and school plus the number of walkable communities. . . . The U.S. earned an “F” for children and youth walking behavior, safety, public transportation, institutional policies and pedestrian infrastructure. It earned a “D” for walkable neighborhoods and pedestrian policies. It got a “C” for adult walking behavior. . .
Whitehead ties interior design, generally, to the design of film sets. As the material at his publisher’s website states: his “book sets out to explore the creation of interior atmosphere as seen through the lens of mise-en-scène. [Readers] learn how this film theory informs the concept of 'staged space' translated through the narrative and expressive qualities of a particular scene. Jean Whitehead . . . takes this concept beyond the screen and considers its application to the interior 'setting'.
Finch and her colleagues assessed how standing influences reading comprehension and creativity. They report on the findings of their lab experiment: study “participants completed reading comprehension and creativity tasks while both sitting and standing. Participants self-reported their mood during the tasks and also responded to measures of expended effort and task difficulty. . . . body position did not affect reading comprehension or creativity performance, nor did it affect perceptions of effort or [task] difficulty. . . .
Research Xu and Labroo published in 2014 was discussed in a 2017 issue of KelloggInsight, bringing their study findings to the attention of a broad audience of management professionals. As the article in KelloggInsight states, Xu and Labroo found that “bright light can make us a little hot under the collar.
Multiple recent studies report that sitting too long at work can be dangerous; new research by Smith and his team indicates that too much standing at work can also be harmful. Workplace options that encourage people to sit, stand, move, and change position are advantageous. Data collected over 12 years for 7320 employed Canadians 35 years old or older, who were free of heart disease when the study began, were examined. The researchers determined that “Occupations involving predominantly standing were associated with an approximately two-fold risk of heart disease compared to occupations
Lewis and her team researched personal space invasions in airplanes. Their findings indicate there are several ways we can invade each other’s space: “The invasion of personal space is often a contributory factor to the experience of discomfort in aircraft passengers. . . . the results of this study indicate that the invasion of personal space is not only caused by physical factors (e.g.