Learning! Roundup: Making Up Your Mind, Passion and Exploitation, the Sting of Rejection, and More!

A roundup of research from the past week, including how to make decisions the right way
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It turns out that there is a right and wrong way to make a decision. New research shows that people who make decisions quickly and move on have less stress and are generally happy with their choices, whereas those who are more process oriented and fret over the "right" choice are often more anxious and less satisfied afterwards.

Passion and Exploitation

If you love your job you are more likely to be taken advantage of, and people are more likely to think that's okay. As someone who's "day job" is in a passion-fueled field (theatre), I am not surprised. People who work in theatre are expected to work crazy hours, through exhaustion, and feel lucky to be able to do it. What about your field?

The Sting of Rejection

Getting rejected hurts, and apparently, the pain of sexual rejection lasts longer than the pleasure of having your advances accepted. This study was done on heterosexual couples already in a relationship to see what happened when sexual advances are accepted or rejected within this context. Interestingly, the person who did the accepting or rejecting got a boost that lasted several days. I guess it feels good to receive an offer!

Very Part-Time Work

Having a job provides a lot of mental and emotional benefits to people, giving structure and sense of purpose. As work may begin to disappear to automation, some people have been worried that unemployment will hurt us. It turns out, however, that working just a few hours a week can provide the same benefits.

Manufacturing Babies

It's been known for a while that fertility rates have a relationship to employment rates, and people have fewer babies when they have fewer jobs. However, now we see that reproduction is also specifically related to steady work in manufacturing, and the presence of goods-producing jobs is actually a better predictor of fertility in a community than simple employment. Does making things inspire people to make babies?

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