“Communities with a high rate of traffic stops – representing enforcement visibility to the public – had a lower rate of impaired drivers on their roads. Similarly, communities with high rates of DUI arrests also had lower rates of alcohol-impaired drivers on their roads. “

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“Because of this concern for the impact of their actions on others’ welfare, highly guilt-prone people often outwork their less guilt-prone colleagues, demonstrate more effective leadership and contribute more to the success of the teams and partnerships in which they are involved.”

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“New genetic evidence suggests a continuum among neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders”

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A broad spectrum of developmental and psychiatric disorders, ranging from autism and intellectual disability to schizophrenia, should be conceptualized as different manifestations of a common underlying denominator, “developmental brain dysfunction,” rather than completely independent conditions with distinct causes, new research suggests.

• Developmental disorders (such as autism and intellectual disability) and psychiatric disorders (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), while considered clinically distinct, actually share many of the same underlying genetic causes. This is an example of “variable expressivity:” the same genetic variant results in different clinical signs and symptoms in different individuals. Continue reading

“Moderate background noise enhances creativity and makes consumers more likely to buy new and innovative products.”

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Moderate background noise enhances creativity and makes consumers more likely to buy new and innovative products.. “A moderate level of noise enhances creativity compared to both low and high levels of noise,”

“Moderate background noise induces distraction which encourages individuals to think at a higher, abstract level, and consequently exhibit higher creativity.”

“For individuals looking for creative solutions to daily problems, instead of burying oneself in a quiet room trying to figure out a solution, walking out of one’s comfort zone and getting into a relatively noisy environment (such as a café) may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas,” Continue reading

“people are afraid of creative ideas and in situations of uncertainty, will associate them with words like “vomit”, “poison” and “agony”!

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People Think Creative Ideas Are Like Vomit.
Most people do not like creative ideas and can even compare them to vomit. Really.  Recent research Jennifer S. Mueller…people are afraid of creative ideas and in situations of uncertainty, will associate them with words like “vomit”, “poison” and “agony”!

This research implies that:

  • no matter how much effort you put into designing an effective ideation process for generating ideas,
  • the most creative ideas are the ones most likely to be rejected in favour of what the researchers term “practical” ideas, what we would probably refer to as “incremental improvement” ideas.
  • Most importantly, because people are not aware that they are doing this, a simple demand that people promote “creative ideas” is unlikely to be effective.

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