Some of the new research conducted by folks at Emotivity.
Why is it, that despite the widespread availability of information available to us on the internet, can we still not be bothered to exercise our civic rights and duties? Read an abstract of some interesting new research by Aloysius Tan on political disaffection, who argues that skepticism, apathy and cynicism may explain why online political efficacy doesn’t always translate to actual political efficacy.
Having a sense of humour may help us see demanding and stressful situations more positively. In a study sampling more than a hundred organizational employees, having a sense of humour was related to both resilience and psychological well-being. What humour does is help individuals reappraise stressful situations – making the frustrating and the fearsome seem, well… funny. The study was conducted by Yasmin Faisal and will be presented at the upcoming 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) conference in June 2018, Montreal, Canada.
In a recently concluded study, researchers find that when leaders exhibit acts that are perceived as unjust, followers are likely to feel anger, and direct their emotions towards engaging in collective action. This new study, in collaboration with TamilSelvan Ramis and Elaine Fernandez with Associate Professor Neil Paulsen from the University of Queensland Business School showed that when followers perceived leaders to be unjust, they felt greater degrees of anger. Angry followers were then more likely to develop intentions to engage in collective action. Findings of this new study are published in Research in Emotion in Organizations, Volume 13: Emotions and Identity, in 2017 by Emerald.
Wanderlust is the ‘predisposed, impulsive craving to travel that manifests itself in previous travel experiences, current travel attitudes, and future behaviour.’ This recent study showed that, controlling for individual differences in openness to experiences, gender and past trips taken, individuals who scored high on wanderlust were more likely to also report greater instances of joy and awe when travelling. The study was conducted by Andrea Prisha Gerald Prem Kumar, and presented as a poster at the 7th British Psychological Society Annual Meeting in May 2017. You can view the poster here.