How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits Lifehacker distills the science of napping as explained by the Wall St Journal into this graph.
The finding is only true if someone is skeptical of the speaker to begin with. The longer they hold eye contact, the more skeptical they will become
Locking eyes can boost receptiveness if person already agrees with speaker.
Newly published research suggests that superfluous or unnecessary apologies perform the important function of building trust. In our minds, anyone who takes note of our misfortune, and expresses dismay over it, is impressively empathetic and thus worthy of our confidence.
“Even in the absence of culpability, individuals can increase trust and liking by saying ‘I’m sorry’—even when they are merely ‘sorry’ about the rain,” writes a research team led by Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School. research team led by Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School. The team's study - I’m Sorry About the Rain! - is published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, social scientists at the New School for Social Research in New York City, evaluated how well people performed on tests of empathy and emotional and social intelligence. Subjects did better on these tests after reading literary fiction, rather than serious nonfiction or popular fiction.Posted by Jill Fallon at October 7, 2013 2:01 PM | Permalink
Kidd and Castano conclude that the complexity of literary fiction compels readers to search for subtleties of meaning and nuance--skills that are essential for gauging the emotional responses and depth of real people. Kidd explains:
In literary fiction, like Dostoyevsky, “there is no single, overarching authorial voice,” he said. “Each character presents a different version of reality, and they aren’t necessarily reliable. You have to participate as a reader in this dialectic, which is really something you have to do in real life.”