A funny discussion is going on at HBR Blogs:  Management-type blogger Bill Taylor suggests our culture wrongly celebrates the super-stars, and claims great people are overrated, on the cost of well-functioning teams (via Igor Sutton). But, to illustrate his example he uses software engineers as an example. Cue outpouring of frustration – Bill’s getting hammered in the comment section. So what’s the problem? First, try to look past that Bill skipped 30 years of research and experience in software engineering and stamps into it like a PHB-cliche, seemingly assuming his opinion is as valid as any research on the subject. That alone probably ticked off the defensive reaction in any software developer accidentally stumbling into the Harvard Business Review blog[…]

Trying to learn more about how emotion affects ecommerce, I came across the book “eMotion: Estimation of User’s Emotional State by Mouse Motions” by Wolfgang Maehr.  Basically, Wolfgang Maehr found that you can correlate certain types of mouse movements with emotional states.  Specifically, he found that mouse acceleration, deceleration, speed and uniformity could predict arousal, disgust/delight, and anger/contendedness, all in a sample of 39 participants. But… how is this not available to me in a handy javascript library?   I am just dreaming of reading off the emotional state of website visitors per page.  Or per blog post for that matter… If you know of anyone who has made any implementation of something like this, please please leave a comment![…]

I just want to share these very cool lists of cognitive biases.  It’s so useful to just have an overview of these on hand – and obviously I’m not the only one thinking so, as there are several useful collections out there: 50 Scientifically proven ways to be persuasive A Visual Study Guide To Cognitive Biases – They’re beautiful. Stephen Anderson’s Mental Notes cards: Get Mental Notes: It’s printed and in a leather box! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases – The plain overview The Psychologist View of UX Design. A less comprehensive, but still useful, list, by Susan Weinschenk UPDATE: Cognitive Bias survival guide – visually pleasing overview by GeekWrapped UPDATE: Wheel of Persuasion by Bart Schutz – hidden behind a login UPDATE: Cognitive[…]