9 Facts Every Creative Needs to Know About Collaborative Teams – 99U

“The mere presence of other people can boost your performance.
One the earliest findings in social psychology was the “social facilitation” effect – the way the mere presence of other people engaged in the same task as us can boost our motivation.” And more gems…

9 Facts Every Creative Needs to Know About Collaborative Teams – 99U

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6 Cognitive Biases you should know about

…and also how you can design against them. Nice one @ribotminimus

6 Cognitive Biases you should know about

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Hey you, designer, put that coffee down. How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity : The New Yorker

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Fooled By Your Own Brain

A well written, interesting article covering some basics of perception and how easy it is to fool us humans.

Fooled By Your Own Brain

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“If you’re like the vast majority of Köhler’s respondents, you’re compelled by the idea that malumas are soft and rounded (like the shape on the left), whereas taketes are sharp and jagged (like that on the right). As Köhler showed, words carry hidden baggage that may play at least some role in shaping thought. What’s surprising, perhaps, is how profoundly a single word can shape material outcomes over time.”

(via The Surprising Psychology of How Names Shape Our Thoughts : The New Yorker)

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This Is Your Brain on Coffee

Good to know what the good stuff does to our brains.

This Is Your Brain on Coffee

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Some useful stuff from Google

Google I/O 2013 – Cognitive Science and Design (by GoogleDevelopers)

“This session will provide an in-depth look at human perception and cognition, and its implications for interactive and visual design. The human brain is purely treated as an information processing machine, and we will teach the audience its attributes, its advantages, its limitations, and generally how to hack it. While the content will provide a deep review of recent cognitive science research, everything presented will also be grounded in example design work taken from a range of Google applications and platforms. Specific topics will include: edge detection, gestalt laws of grouping, peripheral vision, geons and object recognition, facial recognition, color deficiencies, change blindness, flow, attention, cognitive load balancing, and the perception of time.’

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Future of Web Design Workshop Slides, Notes and Handouts

Here’s all the stuff from the Psychology for Designers workshop Dave Ellender and I ran at Future of Web Design in May.

Links to all the studies we talked about are on Delicious.

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Experts in Human Emotion

A great set of videos from experts in human emotion.

Highlights include:
-What is an emotion?
-Emotion and judgment
-Pleasure and reward in the brain
-Emotion and cognition

There are loads to look through.
Experts in Human Emotion video series

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Restaurant menu psychology: tricks to make us order more

More restaurant menu ‘tricks’.

Restaurant menu psychology: tricks to make us order more

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