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Positive | artificial intelligence, uncertainty

AI and the Year Ahead

The large cabin was in total darkness. Come marching up the eastern hill afar. When is the clock on the stairs dangerous? Everything seemed so near and yet so far. Behind the wall silence alone replied. Was, then, even the… Read more
Positive | change

New Year's Resolutions: How Creating “Tiny Habits” Can Lead to Big Changes

There is nothing new about New Year’s resolutions. Every year we make them, every year (usually around the middle of January) we break them. No sooner is the hi-vis running gear bought than it is stuffed away in the closet,… Read more
Positive | transitions, university

Moving on Up: Managing the Transition to University

In 1987, a longitudinal study was conducted to examine the effects of transitions to university on the wellbeing of first-year students. The study found that all students evidenced increased psychological disturbances, such as heightened levels of anxiety, stress, and homesickness,… Read more
Positive | emotions

Jane Austen’s Emma: Reading the Emotions of Others

2017 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s most famous authors: Jane Austen. Whether loved or loathed, Austen’s novels—including Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility—summed up and astutely satirized Georgian England. The continued… Read more
Positive | psychology

The Psychology of Tennis

There is perhaps no event in the summer sporting calendar more iconic than Wimbledon. While some might join the droves of people descending on South London merely in search of sun and strawberries, the main event is, of course, tennis.… Read more
Positive | Schools, students, teachers

Teacher and Student Wellbeing

Research collected by the Children’s Society found that in the U.K. at least ‘10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem’.[1] Worryingly, ‘50% of mental health problems are established by age 14… Read more
Positive | learning, teaching

Watch One, Do One, Teach One

In 2016, Michael Beer of Harvard Business School released a paper entitled ‘The Great Training Robbery.’ Beer’s pun alluded to the fact that despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars on training and education, evidence and experience showed that corporations… Read more
Positive | learning

Social Learning: What Can We Learn From Bees?

In Social Physics, Alex Pentland outlines the major effect our patterns of interaction have on our productivity and creativity. Drawing on a wealth of sociometric data gathered from a host of organisations, Pentland identifies two processes that creativity is dependent… Read more
Positive | measurement, motivation

Using Measurement Where it Matters to Drive Motivation

Imagine that every Christmas you and your colleagues receive a bonus and, since it’s the festive season, a free turkey to boot. The turkey is positioned as a wholesome thank you from the head honchos. This year, however, the company… Read more