How People Think About Numbers

Here’s an interesting insight into how people think: most people (at least in the West) mentally represent smaller numbers to their left and larger numbers to their right. And here’s something even more interesting: leaning to the left, even imperceptibly, can influence how you estimate numbers. Details of the research are here. It’s the latest…

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It’s All About You And Me

Here’s something I bet you never realised. Apparently, the pronouns you use can reveal your personality. Not only that, but your use of pronouns changes depending on how stressed you are, or where you’re sitting in the hierarchy of your social group – among other factors. That’s the amazing claim by James Pennebaker in his…

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Making workshops more fun: lessons from the body

The body thinks in metaphor, as scientists are now discovering. And that suggests all kinds of fantastic opportunities to make workshops, seminars and meetings much more fun and effective. Here’s an idea that may be familiar if you work in an Agile software development environment: take the chairs away. The fact that people literally stand…

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Grasping embodied cognition: how we use our bodies to think

Why do we look up to those we respect, stoop to the level of those we disdain and think warmly about those we love? Why do we hide dirty secrets or wash our hands of worries? Why do we ponder weighty subjects and feel a load lift after we have made a decision? Why do…

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