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Killer Headlines: 3 Must-Read Posts, and More – Roger’s Picks

Killer Headlines: 3 Must-Read Posts, and More – Roger’s Picks

Here’s the best content we found this week! Want to help thousands of fellow readers? Share your own great find in a comment! 3 Ways To Create Killer Headlines Email is still the most reliable and effective way to reach your customers or prospects, but most emails don’t get opened. Even when they do get [...]

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Ariely for Free, Getting Unstuck, Placebos, and More – Roger’s Picks

Ariely for Free, Getting Unstuck, Placebos, and More – Roger’s Picks

Another week, another few hundred articles and blog posts scanned… here’s this week’s diverse group of stuff you may find particularly interesting. Hot on the heels of last week’s post from Brian Massey naming Austin the Conversion Capital of the World, one of the listed experts has put together a great compilation of A/B test [...]

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Can Neuro-Music Boost Your Productivity?

Can Neuro-Music Boost Your Productivity?

Work environments today are noisy and distracting. As Maria Konnikova writes in a recent New Yorker article, open office plans are a big culprit. One study describes the effects of open environments as “damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.” One effect of open environments is that now many office workers [...]

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Brainy Marketing: From Deaf Turtles to Dirty Money

Brainy Marketing: From Deaf Turtles to Dirty Money

Here’s a compilation of five excerpts and links to recent posts at Brainy Marketing, my Forbes.com blog. Persuading with pictures, manipulating voter minds, surprising effects from thinking in a foreign language, and more.

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Boozing & Schmoozing: Alcohol Boosts Bonding

Boozing & Schmoozing: Alcohol Boosts Bonding

Company happy hours, Friday afternoon beer busts, and similar events are standard operating procedure at many businesses – sometimes to the dismay of the firm’s accountants and attorneys. A new study shows that there are indeed benefits from these kinds of activities. Specifically, the research shows that moderate amounts of alcohol increase both positive emotions [...]

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Brainy Marketing Update – Forbes

Brainy Marketing Update – Forbes

It’s been a few weeks, so here are the latest articles from my Brainy Marketing blog at Forbes.com. Please drop by there and make a comment – Forbes has a cool comment exposure system that lets authors of posts (e.g., me) “call out” quality comments, and the site admins often expose these comments on other [...]

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Bigger Brain = Social Media Success

Bigger Brain = Social Media Success

Hiring a social media manager or a salesperson? Maybe you should have the finalists’ brains scanned in an fMRI. A larger orbital prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with decision-making and cognitive processing, has been shown to correlate with greater social skills, according to a study by a team of UK researchers. Among [...]

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Can Mountain Dew Make You Smarter than Pinot Noir?

Can Mountain Dew Make You Smarter than Pinot Noir?

When can a Mountain Dew make you smarter than a glass of a nice Pinot Noir? Well, beyond the short-term cognitive boost from the caffeine-rich soft drink, being seen holding a glass of wine can reduce your intelligence – not in real terms, but in the eyes of others. As I posted on Forbes.com the [...]

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Santorum’s Test, and Why Conflict is Good

Santorum’s Test, and Why Conflict is Good

Rick Santorum, as most people now know after his surprisingly strong finish in the Iowa caucuses, is one of the of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Recently, Santorum responded to a question about who he’d place in key administration roles and made a comment that so far has received little attention: I had actually [...]

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Shop for Success: Why You Need to Indulge Yourself

Shop for Success: Why You Need to Indulge Yourself

In difficult economic times, it’s tempting, even logical, to watch your purchases carefully. Most people recognize the need to keep up external appearances for, say, a job interview or an important sales call, they may cut back in areas less visible to others by buying generic products instead of brand names. While that seems like [...]

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