Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 7

In the Roman Republic, freedom had a unique meaning.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 6

Different collective intelligence methods and different norms of behaviour will be needed to maximize successful workings for a team, depending on the task at hand.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 5

Teams have the potential to develop a more comprehensive understanding of a problem than an individual working alone. However, this depends on the methodology they use.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 4

Societal problems cannot be solved in the same sense as arithmetic problems are solved.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 3

If we wish to build an applied social science grounded in the principles and practice of collective intelligence, then we need to understand team communication.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 2

The ideal of freedom as non-domination implies that citizens are granted a status that guards them against private power or dominium and public power or imperium.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence Part 1

Indeed, if Spinoza was right, we may need to understand teams in order to be free.

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.

Facilitating Collective Intelligence

Successful collaboration requires careful design of learning environments for group interaction and provision of good facilitation to promote meaning-making and problem solving.

Does Mindfulness Enhance Critical Thinking?

While traditional writings on mindfulness propose that clarity of thinking can be cultivated through the practice of mindfulness, currently scientific evidence is lacking.

What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers?

Scholars have suggested that there may be a number of core personal dispositions that support good critical thinking. But what are these critical thinking dispositions?

Exergaming: Playing Video Games While You Exercise

How do we encourage older adults to exercise, and what type of exercise is best? Exergames may provide a good solution, interactive games that combine physical exercise.

Facebook and the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ (FoMO)

The psychological impact of Facebook use, and FoMO, is slowly revealing itself. Our study is the first to use Interactive Management to explore the interdependencies between negative consequences of FoMO identified as significant by Facebook users.

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan. However, less is known about the full range of adaptive functions of music listening and how these adaptive functions promote well-being and enhance quality of life.

Mathematics Fluency Training - It Works!

Numeracy – our everyday play with numbers – is essential to the rhythm of life and our adaptive success as a species. There is a wonderful beauty in numbers that infants and toddlers intuitively appreciate as those around them play with numbers in song, story, dance, and life drama. But why is it that we so often hear an emerging negative attitude in relation to maths?

Work Hours, Work-Life Conflict, and Well-Being in Academics

Pressures on academic staff are increasing due to factors such as recruitment and promotion freezes, a targeted reduction in staff numbers, and increasing student numbers.

Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

There is a strong emerging body of evidence for the effectiveness of mindfulness- and acceptance-based approaches for a range of difficulties, including chronic pain. We tried to take mindfulness for chonic pain online. We called our programme Mindfulness in Action (MIA). The results of our MIA trial were interesting.

The Tenth Level in the Evolution of Natural Entities

The origin and evolution of life on earth has been described in terms of the emergence of accelerating, hierarchical orders of complexity (Pettersson, 1996). The story of life on earth and the relatively brief history of human biological and cultural evolution is a fastinating one, with profound implications for understanding all aspects of our lifespan development.

A Student-Centred Conceptualisation of Critical Thinking

The development of metacognitive skills is a gradual and uncertain process that is contingent upon the quality of education and training children and adults receive. From an educational perspective, how can we best engage students in this process? How can we negotiate the curriculum with students and engage their collective intelligence in the process?

Making The World A Fitter Place, One Brain At A Time

In our efforts to make the world a fitter place we recently conducted a fascinating study with a group of teenagers. We were interested in the effect of physical fitness and acute bouts of exercise on cognitive performance and brain activity - in particular the coherence of brain wave activity. The study revealed some very interesting findings.

Dancing With Your Baby

Anthropological studies of traditional African and Asian societies often describe group interaction with babies, specifically, passing around of the baby to all group members in a warm, playful, rhythmic pattern of “touching dance”. There may be good reason for these traditions, as revealed in Sue Doherty's new book, Dancing with your Baby.

Four Types of Facebook Fans

Why do people become fans of brands on Facebook? Are they motivated by their interest in the brand, or are they influenced by their friends, or by their personality traits? We recently conducted a study of Facebook fans and using cluster analysis we reveal four very different ‘types’ of Facebook fan - Fanatics, Utilitarians, Self-expressives, and Authentics.

Pursuing the Good Life: Reflections on Positive Psychology

In his wonderful book, Christopher Peterson has provided the world with a precious gift. His wise, warm, witty, and insightful collection of reflections on positive psychology radiate the many strengths and virtues that are central to the field of positive psychology -- humility, bravery, love, kindness, humour, citizenship, love of learning, and much more.

Starting Slow and Recovering Fast

Slow down: By asking simple questions about your morning routine and your rhythm of work throughout the day you may begin to experiment and discovery new ways of working—ways of working that maximize your physiological potential to take on new challenges and remain resilient, productive, and content throughout the day.

Learning Together and the Challenge of Collaboration

Psychologists are increasingly interested in learning more about how we can best 'learn together'. Cooperative learning and collaborative inquiry are becoming increasingly influential areas of research and practice. We investigated the effects of open versus closed voting and dispositional trust on group consensus and perceived efficacy of a systems thinking tool.

Systems of Strengths

People have a tendency to focus on one strength at a time rather than seek to understand the multi-dimensional interdependencies between strengths. I’d like to share a new method we have developed which can be used to help people understand their system of strengths.

Approaching Power with Humility and Wisdom

How do we become a winner, a good winner, a sporting winner, magnanimous in victory, and wise in the use of power? How do we appraoch power with humility and wisdom?

Love at Any Age

Recent research in our lab aimed to identify and examine relations between elements of romantic relationship success as described by younger and older adults using a collective intelligence methodology. The results were fascinating.

Openness to Experience and Intellectual Ability

Studies have reported a positive relationship between Openness to experience and performance on tests of intelligence. However, less is known about mechanisms through which Openness has a positive influence on intelligence test performance and ways in which relationships between openness and intelligence change across the life course. Our recent study is revealing...

Critical Thinking and Real-World Outcomes

Last year, Reebok was forced to refund $25 million to customers who purchased their EasyTone toning shoes after research published by the American Council on Exercise found that the toning shoes were no better than regular sneakers at toning muscles or burning calories. Thinking critically about sensational product claims may save you lots of money!