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From Past Horizons: Scientists have found that Neanderthals organised their living spaces in ways that would be familiar to modern humans, a discovery that once again shows similarities between these two close cousins.
From SharpBrains: “If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that primates under stress, for example, will not pursue new territories or mates. Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Once the brain calms, however, it becomes prone to boredom. It will then begin to seek arousal in the form of dopamine, from the excitement pathway.” — Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? (Stanford Business)
From BBC News: His career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year.
From the FontFeed: The holiday season is merely a month away, so here’s another gift suggestion; this time not for reading but for hanging on your walls. Posterama is a small group focused on turning inspirational quotes into typographic art. Singapore-based cross-platform advertising creative and E-ntrepreneur Ranadip De, content curator for the collection, explained it started primarily because he loved Rudyard Kipling’s If, but couldn’t find a decent poster of it. Since then their collection has grown beyond visualisations of Kipling’s iconic poem and now includes various other posters, both typographic and hand lettered.
From Roger Schwarz: Becoming the leader of an existing team can be challenging, but taking over from an incompetent leader is more difficult. Incompetent leaders are not only ineffective at achieving the team’s goals. They think and act in ways that detract from and undermine the team’s performance, working relationships, and well-being. Consequently, in addition to forging agreement on the normal issues of mission, goals, and roles, incoming leaders often find their new team in disarray, dealing with conflict and stress. Building a stronger team means addressing these emotionally-laden issues.
Sunday, November 17, 2013 · Topics: positive-psychology
From TED: Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become? · Watch video →
From Scientific American: E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but reading on paper still has its advantages
From The Guardian: Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge.