Articles by Ben Butina, Ph.D.

Everyone’s Problem is No One’s Problem

When everyone on a team knows about a problem, the likelihood that any individual employee is going to mention it to the boss goes down. There are at least two reasons for this. First, if everyone on the team knows…


Is Big Data Always Better Data?

IO psychology isn’t immune to popular trends, and the most popular trend to hit our world recently is “big data.” It’s easy to get carried away by the promises of huge samples, but is bigger always better? In this article…


Political Affiliation and Hireability

In two experiments, recruiters were asked to reviewing job applicants’ social media profiles. The (manufactured) profiles were loaded with either explicit (Experiment 1) or implicit (Experiment 2) cues about the applicants’ political affiliations. The recruiters were then asked to report…


Mindy Shoss Tells the Story of a Publication

Where do researchers get ideas for new studies? How do multiple co-authors work together on a single paper? How should we deal with rejection? In this episode, Mindy Shoss, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, gives…


Adler’s IO Master’s Program in Vancouver

Somehow, when you say the words psychology or psychologist, people automatically think you’re a shrink or you’re going to come in and do psychoanalysis.Shawn Ireland, Adler University Vancouver IO Psych Program Director Read Adler University Leads the Way in Training…


Treat Yourself Holiday Gorging Triple Scoop

Do you like Department 12 but wish it was, you know, a little less boring? Then check out The I/O Soapbox, a YouTube video series that talks about I/O stuff in entertaining and clever ways. (You know, if you’re into that sort of…



We Like Your Look

Designed by the recruiting-technology firm HireVue, the system uses candidates’ computer or cellphone cameras to analyze their facial movements, word choice and speaking voice before ranking them against other applicants based on an automatically generated “employability” score.Drew Harwell, Washington Post…


Instructional Design Scholarship Focuses on Tech, Not Theory

Researchers analyzed all instructional design research published between 2007 and 2017. They found a strong bias in favor of computer-based technologies and relatively little research on learning theory. They also discovered some bad news for the open access trend: Among…


Stefanie Mockler on Coaching

A warm welcome to Stefanie Mockler, a doctoral candidate at DePaul University. Stefanie is a leadership consultant, executive coach, and Head of Insights at Vantage Leadership Consulting. She’s also the founder and owner at The Female Leader’s Edge, where she coaches women…