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Laziness Does Not Exist – E Price – Medium
People do not choose to fail or disappoint. No one wants to feel incapable, apathetic, or ineffective. If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details. There is always an explanation. There are always barriers. Just because you can’t see them, or don’t view them as legitimate, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Look harder.
procrastination  psychology  executive-function 
june 2018 by oldrubberboots
Pre-chopped onions aren't pointless if you can't hold a knife | Life and style | The Guardian
"These kinds of convenience foods are an easy target. But for the 13.3 million people in Britain with disabilities – and those living with arthritis, chronic illness, recovering from injury or surgery, or undergoing cancer treatment – convenience foods aren’t just convenient: they are a lifeline. This is an issue close to my heart. I’m a professional cook, but I also have a chronic pain condition, and there are occasions when I can’t even hold a knife. In times like those, I’m never going to opt for the impenetrable whole butternut squash over one that has already been diced for me."
IFTTT  Facebook  dis/ability  executive-function 
april 2018 by oldrubberboots
Your friends know more about your life than you do, including when you might die...
For instance, according to a new study entitled Your Friends Know When YouΓÇÖre Going To Die, published in Psychological Science, if you want to predict the date of your death, ask your friends. weΓÇÖve long known that certain personality traits are correlated with a long life. Conscientious people, for example, are likely to eat a healthier diet, exercise more, and avoid stupidly dangerous risks like drunk-driving. And your friends, it turns out, are often better judges of how far you possess those traits than you are. One vivid experimental example involved speed dating. Most women involved in the experiment thought that biographical information would be the most useful, too. But the rating from another woman proved a vastly better predictor of how the date actually went. ItΓÇÖs extraordinarily difficult to accept that you might be deeply statistically normal, and best advised just to do whatever most normal people in your situation have done in the past.
decisions  psychology  statistics  friendship  self-delusion  self-awareness  self-knowledge  executive-function  adaptive-unconscious  Delicious 
january 2015 by StJohnBosco
Friends with cognitive benefits: Mental function improves after certain kinds of socializing
In previous research, Ybarra has found that social interaction provides a short-term boost to executive function that's comparable in size to playing brain games, such as solving crossword puzzles. In the current series of studies, he and colleagues tested 192 undergraduates to pinpoint which types of social interactions help—and which don't.

They found that engaging in brief (10 minute) conversations in which participants were simply instructed to get to know another person resulted in boosts to their subsequent performance on an array of common cognitive tasks. But when participants engaged in conversations that had a competitive edge, their performance on cognitive tasks showed no improvement.
psychology  experiment  social  interaction  executive-function  cognition 
november 2010 by tsuomela

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