People tend to proceed through life trying to act their age. But the pioneering research of Ellen Langer suggests that adopting the attitude of a younger person may actually have health benefits. In a classic 1981 study, she had old men live in a retreat that was retrofitted to look like 1959, while they pretended that they were living in that year. She and her colleagues found that the men experienced improvements in vision, strength, and other abilities, and that they actually looked younger as well. Langer’s mind-body research indicates that just as social cues can make us feel old, other social cues can make us feel and act young.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are initiating a consensus study on generational issues in the workforce. APS Members will play a central role in the leadership of the study. The endeavor will evaluate the behavioral science and business management and literature on generational attitudes and behaviors. More
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As we get older, does our work become more satisfying? New research illuminates an intriguing conundrum: Job satisfaction tends to improve as we get older but also tends to decrease the longer we stay at a particular job. “We demonstrated that age and tenure have opposite relationships with job satisfaction More