Psychology Study Finds People Prefer Adding Tasks, Items When Making Changes – HottyToddy.com


Andrew Hales, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi, is a co-author of a new Nature paper that explores how people overlook subtractive changes when faced with a variety of improvement problems. Submitted photo

When it comes to improving objects, ideas or situations, such as with home upgrades or recipes, people tend to add to their workload rather than subtract when faced with a variety of improvement problems.

An exploration of that tendency is the subject of a new Nature study from a group of psychology researchers that includes a University of Mississippi psychology professor.

People’s disposition “to overlook subtraction may be implicated in a variety of costly modern trends, including overburdened minds and schedules, increasing red tape in institutions and humanity’s encroachment on the safe operating conditions for life on Earth,” the researchers wrote.

“We began our research by noticing that people have a strong and robust tendency to improve things by adding,” said co-author Andrew Hales, an assistant professor of psychology at UM who specializes in social psychology. “Why might that be the case? Maybe people think of subtractive ideas, but decide not to go
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