Elena, what is your research about you are currently working on? Would you share your first insights?
Asked by Laura Cibulskyte
Thank you very much for your questions. My research is a combination of few topics within psychology. First of all, it is a cross-cultural research, looking at differences between United Kingdom and Russia. Russia represents a non-western culture, whereas United Kingdom represents a purely wester culture and society. Because of previously reported language issues and accessibility of Russia, my research becomes a pioneer in this field. Secondly, I’m looking at role of personality in understanding prejudice and aggression. Both of these behavioral outcomes can be constitute as malevolent in our society, and I wanted to see how does personality fit into this. For example, does person with traits of high narcissism, low conscientious and agreeableness would be more like to show signs of prejudice and aggression. My research was separated into 3 stages, for the first stage I recruited 2000 Russian participants and 1700 British participants, for stage two we recruited approximately the same number. This is exactly why my research is so interesting, as it is based on the polar opposite countries and we have access to representative sample from both populations. So far I have found that United Kingdom and Russian have small statistical differences, especially considering current political climate. However, overall the relationship between personality traits, prejudice and aggression is strong. It is also important to mention that such relationship is mediated by Moral Disengagement (for aggression) and Social Dominance Orientation (for prejudice).
Hope that answers your questions :)
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Hi Laura. How does a degree in psychology help you (or not) as a product manager? Please share some examples of situations when psychological knowledge (e.g. theory, research) and skills (e.g. counselling) directly impacted your work or even the behavior of your colleagues. Thank you. 🍀
Asked by Povilas Godliauskas
Povilas, thanks for your question! It was actually a great opportunity to think retrospectively what I have learned during these years and what I am actually applying or I could do more.
- The first thing that came to my mind was definitely Active listening. It is a skill that I do believe anyone can benefit from it. Giving a full attention and respect to a speaker, not trying to interpret what the one is saying, better applying mirroring or affirmations techniques, definitely helped me in a lot of conversations starting with colleagues, stakeholders, users and etc. Listening skills help me to not only show understanding and concern, that are important when talking with users or colleagues but to collect important insights/feedbacks that can be crucial in product development.
- Researches and analytics is a big topic that can definitely be applied in Product Management. Understanding the ways researches are conducted, what are the differences between quantitative/qualitative data, being able to manoeuvre and actually understand what is the correlation, statistical significance and conversion rates - something that definitely came from my Psychology studies. As user research can take a big part of your product development cycle, psychology studies helped me to understand how to raise hypotheses, measure them and be critical to data and a lot of possible biases or insights.
- I would also mention social psychology as a separate field/branch that can help you more understand about human behaviour, thoughts beliefs and certain patterns of thinking. As it is widely applied in the marketing field, Product Management, UX design and etc. - are not an exception. There are definitely very common principles as: social proof, recency effects, Gestalt principles and many more that I found myself thinking of. The whole field of applied social psychology is about understanding why we behave in certain ways - I guess understanding the concepts answers sometimes helps to answer a lot of questions when developing a product for a smart conscious human being.
- And the last one. For me - Psychology is about the people, curiosity and never ending learnings - values that leads me through every step in my personal and career development:) 🚀✨
A book I would like to recommend - Antonio Damasio "The Strange Order of Things". About the things that you should not take as separate and should not choose which one is more important - rational mind or emotions. Throughout evolution we have learned to use them both and benefit from relying on both at the same time. In order to fly, you need both wings.
This is what publisher says: The Strange Order of Things is a pathbreaking investigation into homeostasis, the condition of that regulates human physiology within the range that makes possible not only the survival but also the flourishing of life. Antonio Damasio makes clear that we descend biologically, psychologically, and even socially from a long lineage that begins with single living cells; that our minds and cultures are linked by an invisible thread to the ways and means of ancient unicellular life and other primitive life-forms; and that inherent in our very chemistry is a powerful force, a striving toward life maintenance that governs life in all its guises, including the development of genes that help regulate and transmit life. In The Strange Order of Things, Damasio gives us a new way of comprehending the world and our place in it.
Why food experiences while traveling are especially memorable? The act of travel in addition to the act of eating/drinking (also individual attitudes and emotions) likely work together to create memories. Travelers talk about all kinds of connections between the two: sensory, emotional, social and interpersonal, novelty and experimental connections, focus and attention, and reflective connections. These connections may also relate to pretrip expectations. If travelers feel motivated to travel for food and drink - the connections with food memories were even stronger.
While writing this, the only thing I can concentrate on is Spritz Aperol and sarde in saor in Venice...
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My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach
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