What High School Can Teach Us about Selling an Idea…

So yesterday I finished my last online MOOC course from Coursera in the Psychology of Popularity. Praise must go out to Dr. Prinstein created a fun, interactive and interesting course (the content of which you can still view here). So, it seems that just like sociology, science and microeconomics, you can learn a lot about the larger world by closely…

Why LinkedIn is Going the Same Way as Tinder

Around this time last year I blogged about why – despite all the media and marketing ravings – Tinder was just not the answer to modern dating needs. The problem overlooked by many enthusiasts was, in many ways, a very simple one – human behaviour. In all our enthusiasm to praise the simple proposition, swipey-addictiveness…

Why it’s Time To Change the Way We Think, About How We Think

Over the course of the last year, I’ve spent an awful lot of time reading, studying and discussing the importance of the herd to our neanderthal brains. We may think we have come a long way, particularly of late – thanks to our progression in the areas of science, culture and technology but in reality, our caveman…

The Science of Mean Girls – 7 Insights about Popularity

Why You should Care about Popularity… When we think of ‘popularity’, our minds typically wander to secondary school, or perhaps (if you’re Irish) a set of borrowed scenes from the fictional American high schools that graced our TVs as children. We think Mean Girls. We think Clueless, Grease, Breakfast Club… Each generation has their ‘go…

Why Clerys is Gone – the Real Reason

My very first ‘real’ job was in Clerys. It was in Principles (long lost to the recession) on the first floor, where fashion went to die. I remember laughing together with my friend at the weirdness of it all. It was like stepping through a time warp – a sort of purgatory of oversized knickers…

Just for LOLs: Zen Riddles for Millenials

Haven’t done a ‘just for LOLs’ in a while, but humour tells us a lot about what’s going on in the world. This is a great one from College Humor about millennial frustrations. As Charlie Chaplin said, ‘Life is a tragedy when seen in close up but a comedy in long-shot’. Always bang on, another…

The Psychology of Digital Addiction

Final one in this series on neuroscience and digital for the moment. This is a slightly extended version of the piece I wrote for the Sunday Business Post last week, to include so tips on using digital most effectively in your day to day life. Interestingly, these guys really seem to know what they are…

Mindfulness: The Science, Benefits and 5 Starter Steps

A few weeks ago I gave brief talk on the causes and importance of anxiety and stress in the digital age at IAPI. Not wanting to ‘rant on’ without offering any solutions… Now I want to talk solutions in practical steps… and that means mindfulness. What Mindfulness Isn’t: Mindfulness is not the latest buzz word….