Q: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? A: Luck

By Ray Williams May 15, 2021 Many super successful people will tell you they were lucky to have been at the right place at the right time. Everyone can’t be at the right place at the right time. According to both fascinating new science highlighted by the MIT...
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The “American Dream”-Does Personality and IQ Compensate for Poverty?

By Ray Williams May 15, 2021 We know that possessing certain personal traits can help people do better in life – by knuckling down, making the right connections or having the best ideas. A study goes further and asks whether a person’s traits and their background...
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Believing in a Favorable Future May Prevent Positive Action

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021   People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies published in Psychological Science. The findings show that this “belief in a favorable future”...
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Downward Head Tilt Can Make People Seem More Dominant

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021   We often look to people’s faces for signs of how they’re thinking or feeling, trying to gauge whether their eyes are narrowed or widened, whether the mouth is turned up or down. But findings published in Psychological Science,show...
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How Personality Affects Susceptibility to Persuasion

By Ray Williams May 13, 2021 Researchers at Edge Hill University in England have helped identify personality traits which make people more (or less) susceptible to persuasion than others. Senior Lecturer in Psychology Helen Wall and colleagues Linda Kaye and Andy Levy...
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How a “Nudge” Can Change Behaviour

By Ray Williams, February 23, 2021   In spite of many good intentions, we often give in to temptation. There are so many choices to make each daythat many of them are made on autopilot. We often rely on easy rules of thumb rather than consciously weighing up the... read more

Did President Trump Want to be a Dictator?

By Ray Williams November 30, 2020   Part 2 of the Article: Are Americans Becoming More Authoritarian Under An Autocratic President? Many observers have argued that America was slipping into an autocratic state under President Trump, and his current efforts to... read more

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength

Why The Best Leaders View Vulnerability as a Strength By Ray Williams, April 20, 2019 There is compelling evidence that leaders who are prepared to show their vulnerability more easily gain the trust of others, and are, in fact, more effective leaders. Admitting our... read more

How Neuroscience Can Make Better Leaders

By Ray Williams, February 6, 2019     Leaders today must understand and apply the knowledge of neuroscience to manage organizational change successfully. In the past, efforts at organizational change which have focused on the structural aspects of... read more

Have We Lost the Need For Physical Touch?

Has our hi-tech, media-socialized world lost something critical to our species—non-sexual human physical touch? Hasn’t human physical contact set us apart from other animals, and has helped us develop complex language, culture, thinking and emotional expression?

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Why We Procrastinate and What to do About It

Most of us have procrastinated about something at some time, and that is not abnormal. In contrast, habitual procrastinators repeatedly avoid doing things—particularly difficult things—and actively look for distractions. According to research from the American... read more