In Most Meetings, 3 People Are Doing 70% of the Talking

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In Most Meetings, 3 People Are Doing 70% of the Talking
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Over at The New York Times, researcher Daniel Levitin shares why you should give your brain a much-needed reset by only checking email or social feeds during designated times:


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Are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

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Are young people losing the ability to read emotions?
kurzweilai.net - You’ve been prevented from accessing your smart phone, computer, tablet, and TV for five days. Do you (A) totally freak out and go into withdrawal or (B) deal with it and regain some of your lost social skills, like reading emotions?


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Human workers report feeling most productive when led by artificial intelligence

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Human workers report feeling most productive when led by artificial intelligence
PBS - Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab found that teams of human workers were at their happiest and most productive when their tasks were directed by robotic artificial intelligence.


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Science says you should leave work at 2 p.m. and go for a walk

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Science says you should leave work at 2 p.m. and go for a walk
Mother Jones - Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, Dickens would write from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, he would put his work away and go out for a long walk. Sometimes he walked as far as 30 miles; sometimes, he walked into the night. “If I couldn’t walk fast and far, I should just explode and perish,” Dickens wrote.


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The Odd Work-Break Ratio That’s Great For Productivity

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The Odd Work-Break Ratio That’s Great For Productivity
mashable.com - Everyone has that person in the office. You know, the one who always seems to get way more done than everybody else, but who never seems stressed or frantically trying to finish an assignment. How does he or she get it done? And can you steal those secrets to improve your own productivity?


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Seven Habits of Highly Fraudulent Users

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Seven Habits of Highly Fraudulent Users
blog.siftscience.com - At Sift Science, we analyze a lot of data. We distill fraud signals in real-time from terabytes of data and more than a billion global events per month. Previously, we discovered that the U.S. has more fraud than Nigeria and solved the mystery of Doral, FL. At our “Cats N’ Hacks” Hackathon last week, I decided to put some of our fraud signals to the test. Working with our Machine Learning Engineer, Keren Gu, we discovered some interesting fraud patterns[1]:


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When Good People Share Bad Things: The Basics of Social Media Verification

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When Good People Share Bad Things: The Basics of Social Media Verification
PBS - The rapid spread of online misinformation was voted one of the top 10 trends facing the world in 2014 by members of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In this third installment in the PBS MediaShift series on the 2014 Trends in Newsrooms report, Julie Posetti and Craig Silverman report on social media verification trends. Read the other installments here: Part one, part two and part three.


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Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement

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Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement
blog.hubspot.com - What does the academic field that has brought us Freudian theories have to do with the social network that popularized hashtags and play-by-play updates of Sunday brunches?

More than you would think. We want to know what will motivate our followers to act

The Science Of Getting New Twitter Followers

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The Science Of Getting New Twitter Followers
socialmediatoday.com - Follower count is, unanimously, the biggest indicator of success on Twitter. Some people may contend with that statement. They may argue that quality of followers, quality of tweets, level of engagement, etc. are far more important success metrics.


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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit?

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How Long Does it Actually Take to Form a New Habit?
DailyGood - Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation — like a nose job, for example — he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. Similarly, when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, Maltz noticed that the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.


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What to Learn from the Man Who Managed Reddit’s Community of Millions

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What to Learn from the Man Who Managed Reddit’s Community of Millions
firstround.com - When people hear the word intuition, a lot of them think that it’s something innate, or that you have to be born with. But Martin disagrees. He believes it can be learned with time and practice. Especially as a community manager, when you have so many interactions every day and every week, it’s possible to develop a sixth sense for what people need. “Along with this, you develop the ability to deal with times that are wrong. That’s even more critical.”


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Quantum math makes human irrationality more sensible

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Quantum math makes human irrationality more sensible
Science News - People often say that quantum physics is weird because it doesn’t seem rational. But of course, if you think about it, quantum physics is actually perfectly rational, if you understand the math. It’s people who typically seem irrational.


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7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain

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7 Weird Things Money Does To Your Brain
salon.com - Topics: AlterNet, Money, Science, Neuroeconomics, Neuroscience, Business News, Life News

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.


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Why Having Too Many Choices Is Making You Unhappy

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Why Having Too Many Choices Is Making You Unhappy
Fast Company - Amazon sells 1,161 kinds of toilet brushes. I know this because I recently spent an evening trying to choose one of them for the bathroom in my new apartment. Nearly an hour later, after having read countless contradictory reviews and pondering far too many choices, I felt grumpy and tired and simply gave up. The next day, I happily bought the only toilet brush the local dollar store offered.


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Why Online Communities Decay Over Time

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Why Online Communities Decay Over Time
rs.io - The first day of September 1993 was the beginning of an eternal September, a calendar month whose days stretched to infinity. Prior to this infamous day, there would be an influx of noobs onto Usenet each September. These were the arriving college freshman. They were not legion. They were few enough that they could be corralled and assimilated by Usenet veterans.


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