Archives for 2016

Hunched Over Your Phone? Your Posture Can Affect Your Psychological State (New York Times)

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The next time you reach for your phone, consider this: your posture and mood may be ruined. According to Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy, people are more likely to slouch when they’re on their phone, and the physical act of slouching induces changes in peoples’ moods, memory and behavior.

“Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch,” writes Cuddy. Read the article here.

Rural Pathways to College.

According to Sociology Professor Ingrid Nelson, high school students students from rural backgrounds do better than their urban counterparts when it comes to getting into college, despite a number of setbacks.  Read more

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Ingrid Nelson

 

Why Has There Been So Little Drug Innovation? (Vox)

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Pharmaceutical companies generally point to the excessive and slow regulatory process as the reason for the dearth of new drugs, but this narrative doesn’t tell the whole story, argues Julia Belluz for Vox.

The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates and approves drugs,  is considered to be one of the fastest regulatory agencies in the world and has a higher drug approval rate now than it did in the 1980s. So what’s behind the lack of drug innovation? Read the article here.

Are You Using These Power Words in Your Most Important Conversations? (Inc.)

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Some words carry more weight than others, and using power words appropriately can make you that much more persuasive, writes Lolly Daskal for Inc. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the most influential power words is “you,” which conveys a sense of intimacy and empathy.

“The only way to boost the power of you is by using the person’s name,” writes Daskal. Read the article here.