Research Library

New Talent Signals: Shiny New Objects or a Brave New World?

The digital revolution has produced a wide range of new tools for making quick and cheap inferences about human potential and predicting future work performance. However, there is little scientific research on many of these new assessment methods, which leaves human resources managers with no evidence to evaluate how useful they actually are.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, David Winsborough, Ryne A Sherman, and Robert Hogan

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

How social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect

The “wisdom of the crowd” effect is the finding that the average estimate of a group can be more accurate than the estimate of an expert. This study discovered that even mild social influence can undermine the wisdom of the crowd effect in simple estimation tasks.

Jan Lorenz, Heiko Rauhut, Frank Schweitzer, and Dirk Helbing

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

A meta-analysis of positive humor in the workplace

This paper examines the role of positive humor in the workplace through a meta-analysis of 49 different studies.

Jessica Mesmer-Magnus, David J. Glew, and Chockalingam Viswesvaran

Journal of Managerial Psychology

Are Applicants More Likely to Quit Longer Effect of Assessment Length on Applicant Attrition Behavior

This study examines how pre-employment assessment length affects the rate at which job applicants opt out of the assessment phase. To evaluate the tradeoff between reliability and attrition, the authors used data from 69 selection systems and over 220,000 job seekers.

Jay H. Hardy III, Carter Gibson, Matthew Sloan, and Alison Carr

Journal of Applied Psychology, American Psychological Association

Stubborn Reliance on Intuition and Subjectivity in Employee Selection

This study examines the implicit beliefs that keep organizations from adopting tools to help them make hiring decisions—aids like tests, personality assessments, and other performance predictors.

Scott Highhouse

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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