By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Technology
Want your next business meeting to be productive? Schedule it earlier in the week -- but not for the reason you think. While the siren song of the wee...
Want your next business meeting to be productive? Schedule it earlier in the week -- but not for the reason you think.
While the siren song of the weekend is certainly at play as the work week proceeds, a new study suggests that people actually get angrier as the week comes to a close.
Why? It has to do with the way we perceive time, according to Gettysburg College researchers David Hauser, Margaret Carter and Brian Meier, who in one study found that people with an angrier temperament are more likely to think of themselves as moving through time, rather than thinking of time as moving toward them.
In a second study, "angry students" were more likely than "neutral" students to say that they felt as though they were approaching the event, rather than that the event was approaching them.
And in a final study connecting it all, it was concluded that thinking about moving through time can induce anger. Participants primed to think about their movement through time rated themselves as feeling angrier than participants who saw time as moving toward them.
In other words, Mondays are "mellow" and Fridays are "furious." So when it comes to scheduling a meeting, think twice. (Just don't think about it too long.)
Aug 13, 2009