Dr. Christian Jarrett seeks out exciting new research and showcases its relevance for life. A psychologist turned writer, he’s a senior editor at Aeon. His next book will be about personality change. He is @Psych_Writer on Twitter.
When we chunk our lives into "seasons" and "episodes," we are more likely to successfully change ourselves for the better.
- June 2013
From Michelangelo to the Beatles, history tells us that a healthy rivalry can push us to new limits — as long as we avoid obsession.
- April 2013
Research tells us that what we wear affects how we think.
- March 2013
Research shows us how to take our collaboration abilities to the next level by avoiding Groupthink and baking in a bit of "ritualized dissent."
- February 2013
Switching tasks smartly allows your unconscious to "incubate" -- working away at knotty problems in the background while you do other things.
- January 2013
The simple act of thinking you have unlimited willpower makes it more likely that you will persevere.
- December 2012
Unless you have relevant experience to back you up, going with your intuition when making tough choices may cause more harm than good.
- November 2012
Pop psychology tells us we can't go wrong with positive thinking. But new studies show that taking account of our obstacles is essential to success.
- October 2012
What's the best way to grab someone's attention? A new study finds that potential has significantly more allure than accomplishment.
- August 2012
Sometimes a "quick question" can kill your creative flow. We look at recent research on the true impact of interruptions in the workplace.
- July 2012
New research shows that intrinsic motivation thrives when you focus on your immediate experience rather than the end game.