Improve Test Scores with a Single Letter

Just seeing the letter “A” before an exam can significantly improve a student’s results.

Just seeing the letter “A” before an exam can significantly improve a student’s results. Contrarily, exposure to the letter “F” may make a student more likely to fail. A study by Dr Keith Ciani and Dr Ken Sheldon at the University of Missouri, found: “The letters A and F have significant meaning for students, A represents success and F, failure. We hypothesized that if students are exposed to these letters prior to an academic test it could affect their performance through non-conscious motivation.”

“Non-conscious motivation,” huh? Awesome! Do they mean to say that I (you) can be influenced by sub-conscious external motivator cues? Who’d a-thunk it?

Although the number of test subjects was small – only 131 students took part in three experiments – I like their hypothesis. The results were interesting, too.

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Originally posted 2010-06-02 10:04:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Smile for Health

When I smile approvingly at myself in the mirror, I signal to my body a social approval closer to me than any other society.

A study by Carolien Martijn and Marlies Vanderlinden from Maastricht University investigated whether body satisfaction can increase when women learn to associate their appearance with social approval. “The positive effect we witnessed for women with a high level of body concern supports the idea that body satisfaction may be linked to the idea of social approval. Simply showing these women photographs of themselves followed by a smiling face – signalling social approval – increased their body satisfaction and self esteem significantly,” Carolien Martijn said.

It occurs to me that the first “society” we face every day is our own – me, myself, and I. When I smile at myself in the mirror, I signal to my body a social approval closer to me than any other society.

Here’s a quick and easy imagery you can do to improve your self-esteem and perhaps your physical health.

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Originally posted 2009-10-14 10:00:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Attention and Eyes

Pupil dilation adjusts according to light and internal conflict.

Our eyes reflect our internal emotional condition. They also reflect our internal state of attention and conflict. When we attend to something, our eyes show it – especially when it comes to conflict. Everyone seeking change in their life is confronted with conflict – between a conscious desire for change and subconscious defense against it.

Over the past few years, researchers have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of eye movements and pupil size when the mind is focused on a task – and when it is distracted. Duke University researchers were the first to identify a neuron (in monkeys) they tapped to measure the amount of conflict the brain experiences with distractions. Basically, the more important the focus, the greater the work passed through the conflict neurons as they strive to overcome the distraction. This is reflected in the behavior of the pupil of the eye.

In terms of Rapid Eye Technology, these and other studies illuminate the cause for all that eye pupil adjustment technicians witness in their clients as they work to process the conflict generated by their conscious desire for change versus their subconscious defense against it. When the issue is resolved, the pupils tend to settle down.

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Originally posted 2015-03-15 10:00:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Competitive Edge – Employee Job Satisfaction

Organizations and businesses are wise to invest in employee personal happiness.

“The benefits of a psychologically well work force are quite consequential to employers, especially so in our highly troubled economic environment,” Kansas State University researcher Thomas Wright said in a recent article published in the Journal of Management. “Simply put, psychologically well employees are better performers. Since higher employee performance is inextricably tied to an organization’s bottom line, employee well-being can play a key role in establishing a competitive advantage.

Methods to improve well-being include assisting workers so they fit their jobs more closely, providing social support to help reduce the negative impact of stressful jobs, and teaching optimism to emphasize positive thought patterns.

None of this is new to those NLP practitioners and coaches working with organizations. The importance of this report is as it relates to a business’ competitive edge. In today’s market of rapidly diminishing returns on investment (ROI), perhaps the best ROI is that invested in employee job satisfaction. And to do that, organizations and businesses are wise to invest in employee personal happiness.

The job is not entirely what makes people happy. People can make themselves happy with their jobs. To be happy you must either do a job you love or love the job you do. Either way, you love your job. And when you love your job, magic occurs. Oh, yes, indeed!!

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Originally posted 2009-04-01 10:03:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Does Color Make an Emotional Difference?

Blue light not only increased responses to emotional stimuli in the “voice area” of the brain and in the hippocampus, which is important for memory processes, but also led to a tighter interaction between the voice area, the amygdala, which is a key area in emotion regulation, and the hypothalamus, which is essential for biological rhythms regulation by light. This demonstrates that the functional organization of the brain was affected by blue light.

Rapid Eye Technicians have known for some time the value of color in sessions where emotional issues were addressed. It seems that now there is some science to back up that observation. Many years ago (1990-1995) I was involved with many other RET technicians in an experiment with color in which we used color gels over lamp lights to produce specific color ambiance in our session rooms. Color did make a difference in our sessions. However, since everyone processes color differently and each person had his/her own issues to deal with, we could not say which color to use with which issue or which client – we could not make up a matrix one could count on. Instead, we determined that simply suggesting a color was enough to engender the desired effect – and thus was born the colored cabochon currently affixed to the end of the RET “wand”. I’ll bet some of you were wondering… 😉

Resource: “The spectral quality of light modulates emotional brain responses in humans”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA

Originally posted 2010-11-24 10:00:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter