Research Paper Title Military Personnel Ratings of a Deployment and Their Positive and Negative Deployment Experiences. Background There is limited investigation of how military personnel evaluate their deployment experiences. An understanding of their perceptions would help unit psychologists to advise commanders on ways to improve the deployment experience (and therefore mental well-being) of personnel. This… Read More
Linking Aerobic Exercise, Obese Rats & Insulin Signalling
Research Paper Title Aerobic Exercise Improves Food Reward Systems in Obese Rats via Insulin Signaling Regulation of Dopamine Levels in the Nucleus Accumbens. Background The dopaminergic pathway, comprising projections from the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens, constitutes the core of the brain reward system. Insufficient food reward caused by dopamine signaling dysfunction in… Read More
Patriotism & War…
“I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.” George Washington (1732 to 1799) General George Washington, also called Father of His Country,… Read More
Strategies to Hire, Build & Retain Your (Fitness) Team
As a manager or owner of a fitness business, it is important to have a qualified, competent, and knowledgeable team to ensure your gym or club operates smoothly. However, when it comes to putting together a team, it is important to objectively assess who has what it takes and who does not. Here are seven… Read More
Linking Workplace Stress & Recognition
Do you give your all to your job but get little recognition? A study of workplace stress suggests that throwing yourself into work that you love, but not receiving appropriate reward, is a toxic cocktail for biological stress. Leander van der Meij, now at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, and his colleagues have discovered this by studying… Read More
Eight Ways to Achieve Your Goals without any Willpower (Well, Maybe a Little)!
Make it a money-losing venture: According to a study that compared rewards versus punishment in motivating reluctant exercisers, losing money is more painful than not getting it in the first place. So rather than rewarding yourself at the end of a task, try paying yourself a lump sum to begin with, and then fine yourself if you fall short of your… Read More
Rewards: Earned not Given…
I have a philosophy in life that rewards should be earned and not given, and the excerpt below brilliantly exemplifies that philosophy: There is a good story told, of one of Napoleon’s marshals, Lefebvre, the gallant old soldier who became Duke of Danzig. A civilian friend was once envying him his house and decorations and other awards. At… Read More
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