November 11, 2013

Be Generous with Praise

Leaders are often advised to give praise and positive feedback to their staff members. Brain science reveals why this practice is, literally, worth its weight in gold. Using MRI scanning technology, researchers found that the same part of the brain (the ventral striatum) activates when participants are given a financial reward as when they are given a simple social praise such as being called trustworthy. So, don't be stingy with your kind words. As UCLA neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman says, "recognition is a free renewable resource."


Izuma, K., Saito, D.N., & Sadaton, N. (2008). Processing of social and monetary rewards in the human striatum. Neuron, 58(2), 284.


Lieberman, M. (2013). Social: Why Our Brains are Wired to Connect. New York: Random House.  


Do Not Disturb: Recovering from Social Stress 


Social stress caused by bad interpersonal interactions at work can decrease your mood, motivation, and productivity. The best strategies for recovering from social stress are self-management habits that counteract the impact of the event.  Read more.  

What Is Dissertation Coaching?


More than half of doctoral students never finish their degree, in large part because writing a dissertation is a long, isolating process. Students struggle to stay focused and positive. Dissertation coaching provides insights that identify and resolve barriers to progress, structures such as timelines and doable action steps, and motivation through supportive accountability and cheerleading.


If you or someone you know is ready to stop being ABD and start being PhD, contact Dr. Paula to schedule a complimentary introduction to dissertation coaching session.                         
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