Month: May 2018

The results are in from the first study of what encourages and deters people from bullshitting

Nice article from Journal of Experimental psychology I thought you would like… “Our country doesn’t do many things well, but when it comes to big occasions, no one else comes close,” so claimed an instructor I heard at the gym this week. He might be an expert in physical fitness but it’s doubtful this chap …

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Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child

By Christian Jarrett Studies of identical and non-identical twins indicate that our self-esteem is influenced by the genes we inherited from our parents, but also, and perhaps slightly more so, by environmental factors. And according to a new study in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, these environmental influences started playing a lasting role very …

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Government behaving badly on outsourcing contracts

Many of the problems in government outsourcing result from bad behaviour The boss of outsourcing giant Serco has accused the Government of “behaving badly” by passing off unreasonable contracts to suppliers, ignoring its own guidelines and shrouding its decisions in secrecy. In a Commons hearing on lessons learned from the collapse of Carillion, chief executive Rupert …

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Our beliefs about nationality are mixed and malleable, and may help explain attitudes toward immigration

By Christian Jarrett What is nationality? Is it something fixed that we inherit biologically from our parents or is it a characteristic that we can change and acquire? A new study in Nature Human Behaviour is the first to study people’s “folk theories” about nationality – based on surveys of US and Indian participants – …

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Government contracts still driven by price

Price still main driver in outsourcing selection Outsourcing sector bosses have told MPs that the Government’s procurement proposition had gone “too far” in a quest to keep costs down and that the system needs overhauling, in the wake of Carillion’s collapse. Speaking to a parliamentary select committee on Tuesday morning, Rupert Soames of Serco said that in his four and a …

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