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It’s Good to Be a Freak

12 August 2014

Allison Partners senior consultant (and first time blog contributor) Geof Hammond read Think Like A Freak. Inspired by the book’s engaging stories and anecdotes, he considered how an approach like experimentation could help him think like a freak. (In case you were wondering, that’s a good thing.)

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Creative Activity

1 September 2015

Geof came across a fascinating study during one of his regular internet searches for creativity and innovation, Benefiting from creative activity: The positive relationships between creative activity, recovery experiences, and job-performance-related outcomes by Kevin J. Eschleman, Jamie Madsen, Gene Alarcon, and Alex Barelka. 

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Lessons in the Mud

27 September 2016

Geof came across the article Elephant (Loxodonta africana) footprints as habitat for aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in Kibale National Park, south-west Uganda, about the role of water-filled African-elephant footprints as micro-habitats, and was fascinated by what he read.

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Why Do We Hate Lines?

4 April 2017

Geof read Why Waiting Is Torture and pondered why waiting in line is so miserable.

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Reflections on Time

3 April 2018

Geof read A Geography of Time: The Temporal Misadventures of a Social Psychologist by Robert Levine, and was interested to read Levine's research on the pace of life in different cultures. 

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Evolutionary Framework of Decision-Making

11 December 2018

Geof read The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think by Douglas Kenrick and Vladas Griskevicius and thought about how our “sub-selves” can impact the way we interpret information and make decisions.

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The Power of Labels

9 April 2019

Geof read David Rosenhan’s article On Being Sane in Insane Places from the journal Science (Volume 179, No. 4070. January 19, 1973), pp 250-258.

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The Evolution of Pleasure

29 March 2022

Geof has been reading How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom. The book explores perceived human pleasure from an evolutionary adaptation point of view. Geof shares a few examples from Bloom’s book about sources of pleasure.  

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Make Use of the Third Space

19 July 2022

Geof read The Third Space by Dr. Adam Fraser and considered the ways people shift between the different roles they play at home, work, and in the community. How do you prepare your mindset for the multiple roles you play throughout the day?

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Wish You Were Here

8 November 2022

Geof has been exploring the rich databases of the Library of Virginia. Inspired by postcards he collects, he’s been researching the stories of old motels, restaurants, and tourist attractions and browsing old newspapers to learn about the past histories of these artifacts, as well as searching Google Earth and maps to see what now stands in their place.   

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