All About Teamwork

Let's work together: On the playing field, at the office, raising children. Humans are social animals, and civilization is the result of a pooled effort. So it pays to figure out what got us here, and how we can continue to join forces going forward.

Recent posts on Teamwork

When You Desperately Want a Raise

Take these steps to take to improve your odds of getting one.

How to Harnesses the Power of Listening

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Spotting Opportunity
Are you listening to the wrong people? Three tips on being a smarter listener.

Why Popular Culture Psychology? What's the Point?

What do trains, baseball, and Batman have to do with teaching real math or science, including psychological science? What does real science have to do with fictional characters?

3 Things That Hurt Your Sense of Belonging at Work

Do you feel like you don't belong at work? These might be the reasons why.

When a Bad Leader Ruins a Great Work Team

A bad leader can take a cohesive, productive work team and cause it to perform worse, or absolutely ruin it.

Locking Horns With an Arrogant Bully Boss

Is there a heart beating inside a scoundrel leader? Employees despise him and he and gloats over it.

“That Decision Wasn’t Made There”

By Scott M. Stanley Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Sliding vs. Deciding
When it comes to commitment, timing may not be everything but it's a lot of the things. This insight from a sports commentator of Super Bowl XII is not just about football.

What's Wrong with Negative Soccer?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Ethics for Everyone
Is there something morally wrong with parking the bus?

Therapist's Corner: When to Refer for Eating Disorders

Avoidance of talking about the food component is avoidance of what is needed to fully recover.

Psychology of Tryouts: Part II (What Athletes Can Do)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in The Power of Prime
I’m going to offer young athletes some practical tips to help them approach tryouts in a positive way, allowing them to perform their best on the day of the tryout.

Is Meritocracy Useful in Searching for a Romantic Partner?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in In the Name of Love
In meritocracy, one is judged according to one’s personal past performance and achievements. Is this the best principle to follow when looking for a suitable romantic partner?

What is a Learning Community?

In our hyper-individualistic culture, education focuses primarily on the individual when it comes learning. An evolutionarily informed perspective gives us more options.

Building a Company Culture Through Food

By Nick Hobson Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in Ritual and the Brain
Fast paced organizations are skipping shared meal times for efficiency sake. It's a hit on work culture.

The Overlooked Factor that Helps You Bond With Your Kids

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Science suggests that family routines calm stress and promote bonding. Adding rituals, or “the sweetness, fun, or warmth that accompany routines” makes them even better.

Name of the Game

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in One Among Many
Defect or cooperate? Morality says cooperate. Rationality says it depends - in part on what game is being played.

If the Patriots Win, It Could Change How You Eat Next Week

By Rachel Herz Ph.D. on February 02, 2018 in Our Senses and Emotions
Watching the Big Game on Sunday? Beware: If your team loses it will not only make you feel bad, it could lead you to overeat.

Saving Dogs' Lives Can Save Human Lives

How two dogs are giving a man’s life new meaning, a hospital a new image, and mankind new hope.

Not All Entrepreneurs Are Alike

Working for an entrepreneur or thinking of Investing in an entrepreneurial venture? Read this first!

Work with Other Parents to Create a Healthy Sports Culture

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in The Power of Prime
Your goal, in collaboration with other sport parents, is to actively create an environment that will establish a healthy foundation for your children’s sports experiences.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

What gets you out of bed each morning? How often do you really ask yourself this questions? What might start happening if you do?

Language Utilizes Ancient Brain Circuits That Predate Humans

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2018 in The Athlete's Way
Language acquisition relies on general-purpose brain circuits that are evolutionarily ancient and predate Homo sapiens, according to a new paper by an international research team.

The Psychology of Athletic Tryouts: Part I

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in The Power of Prime
Is there anything more important to a young athlete than tryouts, that first big step toward participating in a league, playing for a team, or joining a sports program?

A Special Way for Self-Esteem to Transform Relationships

New research on couples tells us where to focus our efforts to have maximum positive impact to help our partners, and help ourselves.

Could a Passion for Dogs Lead to a Nobel Prize?

How a woman’s love for dogs could end up saving thousands of lives.

The Nonverbal Communication Gender Gap

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on January 23, 2018 in He Speaks, She Speaks
Although men are the champions of nonverbal credibility and power, they are poor readers and senders of nonverbal cues.

The Motivation Behind Mission-Driven Brands

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on January 23, 2018 in Tracking Wonder
Mission-centered brands are improving their bottom line, gaining a more genuine community loyalty, shifting our attitude about what branding is, and improving employee retention.

Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things?

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Hero Within
Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life.

Talking About the Things That Matter

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 20, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
When the two of you can spend the entire night talking, you know this is someone you can spend a lifetime with.
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Why Pro Sports Make Us Cry

By Steve Albrecht DBA on January 15, 2018 in The Act of Violence
Watching your football team lose can bring anger and tears.

Social Cohesiveness

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
Fighting over differences only leads to increasing violence and divisiveness. Who can change the mind of another? What is a constructive alternative for positive change?