Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likable | Wired Science | Wired.com

This raises the question just what determines liking or not liking. The story seems to indicate that we all have conditional love of others: their names have to be easy to sound.

The more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favor them.

“When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more,” said psychologist Adam Alter of New York University and co-author of a Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study published in December.

Fluency, the idea that the brain favors information that’s easy to use, dates back to the 1960s, when researchers found that people most liked images of Chinese characters if they’d seen them many times before.

via Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likable | Wired Science | Wired.com.

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BBC News – The myth of the eight-hour sleep

This is very reassuring to me, as I have exactly that pattern and was concerned by that. Not any more!!! I’m just one of the commoners. My experience actually says  a single segment of sleep has lower quality than two segments, and the second segment is more important than the first 

We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.

It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

via BBC News – The myth of the eight-hour sleep.

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Too Much Information Clouds Negotiators Judgments

Distraction hurts, the study says. The question is whether there is such a thing called too familiar with negotiators? I doubt it does.

But recent research from the Stanford Graduate School of Business warns that knowing our negotiation partners too well or having the wrong kind of information about them can actually produce less successful negotiating results than having no information.

Their experiments looked at the effects of “nondiagnostic information” For comparison, a different group only got information directly related to the negotiation, such as which issues were more important to their negotiation partners.

Neale and Wiltermuth asked participants to represent two companies in a merger and negotiate several issues, such as which firm’s CEO would head the new company and where that company’s headquarters would locate. People who had read the irrelevant, distracting statements, it turned out, were far less accurate in identifying the issues that were least important to their partners — the very issues that offer opportunities to enlarge the size of the pie.

Specifically, participants with useless information could identify these issues only 14% of the time and fared worse than even people who had no information at all (who correctly identified the issues 26% of the time).

These results, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, should give pause to anyone who negotiates in the real world, which includes most of us.

via Too Much Information Clouds Negotiators Judgments.

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Wheres the Boss? Trapped in a Meeting – Yahoo! Finance

Executives are hardly alone by themselves, but being alone sometimes during the day is important for sorting out thoughts and musing deeply.

It really is what it seems: They spend about a third of their work time in meetings. That is one of the central findings of a team of scholars from London School of Economics and Harvard Business School, who have burrowed into the day-to-day schedules of more than 500 CEOs from around the world with hopes of determining exactly how they organize their time—and how that affects the performance and management of their firms.

In one sample of 65 CEOs, executives spent roughly 18 hours of a 55-hour workweek in meetings, more than three hours on calls and five hours in business meals, on average. Some of the remaining time was spent traveling, in personal activity, such as exercise or lunches with spouses, or in short activities, such as quick calls, that weren’t recorded by CEOs’ assistants. Working alone averaged just six hours weekly.

via Wheres the Boss? Trapped in a Meeting – Yahoo! Finance.

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China’s new sports problem: Stop the Linsanity? | The Economist

Interesting comparison. Should have pointed out that Lin has partly been benefitted from Yao Ming’s publicity.

The most obvious is that Mr Lin is an American who is proudly of Taiwanese descent, which would seem to complicate China’s efforts to claim him.

But there are three other reasons Mr Lin’s stardom could fluster the authorities. First, he is very openly Christian, and the Communist Party is deeply wary of the deeply religious (notably on those within its own ranks). Second, he is not a big centre or forward, the varietals which are the chief mainland Chinese export to the NBA, including the Mavericks’ Mr Yi; and of course he came out of nowhere to become a star, having been educated at the most prestigious university in America, Harvard.

via China’s new sports problem: Stop the Linsanity? | The Economist.

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The coming medical revolution – Medicine – Salon.com

Embrace the changes in medicine – not just digitizing everything but also socialize for communities of patients and doctors 

From the beginning of civilization to 2003, the world accumulated 1 billion gigabytes of data. Today, we create 1 trillion gigabytes every year.

We’re so used to digitizing everything — books and movies and periodicals — everything except for our bodies. My idea is to digitize the essence of what makes us tick — our genome and our physiology — thanks to different biosensors which are largely wearable, put right on a band-aid or a wrist or on the sole of a shoe.

But what’s interesting about it was it basically fueled this “Ask your Doctor” movement: a patient-centered, consumer-centered model.

via The coming medical revolution – Medicine – Salon.com.

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App developers receive $12 for each iOS device sold | asymco

This is a smart incentive for developers to form a strong community and loyal to Apple!

One of the more interesting numbers reported by Tim Cook during the last earnings conference call was the total payment to developers during the fourth quarter. This is the first time that Apple reported a quarterly payout to developers.

via App developers receive $12 for each iOS device sold | asymco.

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