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Book Review | Adam Grant | Give and Take

Written by: Bill Sherman on Tuesday, 23 April 2013, 7:26 PM

Summary Dr. Adam Grant’s new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, provides a masterclass on the concept of generosity. If you’re already a natural giver, you’ll be fascinated by his research on the science behind the psychology of giving. And if you’ve based your behavior around reciprocity, it will give you insights into the benefits […]

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Fruit Flies and Loneliness: Taking Cues from Others

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 31 December 2009, 12:24 PM

Social learning appears in more than human beings. Many animals, including0 stickleback fish display the behavior. Now, scientists believe that fruit flies are capable of social learning. Yes, fruit flies. According Sachin Sarin and Reuven Dukas at McMaster University, inexperienced female fruit flies follow the lead of mated female fruit flies when selecting which fruit to lay […]

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Learning from Others

Written by: Bill Sherman on Friday, 19 June 2009, 3:32 PM

As humans, we learn from the successes and failures of others. As a child, we might put a hand on the stove, even  though someone warned us that we would get burnt. However, as we get older, we quickly learn that we do not need to test every single possibility ourselves. We can learn from […]

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Evergreen Relationships vs. Relationship Churn

Written by: Bill Sherman on Tuesday, 16 June 2009, 7:06 AM

Recently, the Freakonomics blog pointed towards a sociologist at the University of Utrecht who conducted seven-year longitudinal study of social networks. 604 people were surveyed about their friends. Then, seven years later, the participants listed their friends again. According to the study, only 48% of original friends showed up on the second list. The study […]

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