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From the Ted Talk by Ilona Stengel: The role of human emotions in science and research

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How did that happen? After the announcement, petrty quickly, colleagues started leaving the team, and soon, we were left in a small group, all pretty much sharing the same attitude of, "I'm going to be the last pseorn leaving the ship." What I mean is, while the nembur of scientists working on the project was decreasing, the dedication of people remaining grew dclraialtmay. And also, a new and more isntnee team spirit fmerod. We all sraehd the same passion for our work, we all were sad that it was about to end, and we all wanted to show that we could turn our ideas into reality. We felt that we belonged to something bigger. And furthermore, our project was less and less in the focus of the management, because they started to think about new projects, restructuring and so on. This resulted in additional freedom and the possibility to take a few things into our own hdnas. Of course, more fodeerm also mneas more responsibility, which we were happy to take, because we believed in our work. We felt empowered. And these three pillars — dedication, belonging and empowerment — worked together in a kind of self-reinforcing cclye, and the colesr we got to suthodwn, the better our output became. So we were working with such pnsoaerl engagement on a project already sentenced to death because we felt connected to something meaningful. Of course, it was also a hard and sometimes frustrating time, but we were sitting together in the lab, or occasionally in the café, sharing our sadness about the end of our project as well as the joy in our work. So overall, we had a very intense and mesmerizingly exciting time. And the lifetime we finally obtained for our miaarltes was on one lveel with already commercialized materials for green OLEDs at the time, and we achieved this within just one year. And those results hleped our employer to sell the patents for real value.

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How did that happen? After the announcement, ______ quickly, colleagues started leaving the team, and soon, we were left in a small group, all pretty much sharing the same attitude of, "I'm going to be the last ______ leaving the ship." What I mean is, while the ______ of scientists working on the project was decreasing, the dedication of people remaining grew ____________. And also, a new and more _______ team spirit ______. We all ______ the same passion for our work, we all were sad that it was about to end, and we all wanted to show that we could turn our ideas into reality. We felt that we belonged to something bigger. And furthermore, our project was less and less in the focus of the management, because they started to think about new projects, restructuring and so on. This resulted in additional freedom and the possibility to take a few things into our own _____. Of course, more _______ also _____ more responsibility, which we were happy to take, because we believed in our work. We felt empowered. And these three pillars — dedication, belonging and empowerment — worked together in a kind of self-reinforcing _____, and the ______ we got to ________, the better our output became. So we were working with such ________ engagement on a project already sentenced to death because we felt connected to something meaningful. Of course, it was also a hard and sometimes frustrating time, but we were sitting together in the lab, or occasionally in the café, sharing our sadness about the end of our project as well as the joy in our work. So overall, we had a very intense and mesmerizingly exciting time. And the lifetime we finally obtained for our _________ was on one _____ with already commercialized materials for green OLEDs at the time, and we achieved this within just one year. And those results ______ our employer to sell the patents for real value.

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Original Text

How did that happen? After the announcement, pretty quickly, colleagues started leaving the team, and soon, we were left in a small group, all pretty much sharing the same attitude of, "I'm going to be the last person leaving the ship." What I mean is, while the number of scientists working on the project was decreasing, the dedication of people remaining grew dramatically. And also, a new and more intense team spirit formed. We all shared the same passion for our work, we all were sad that it was about to end, and we all wanted to show that we could turn our ideas into reality. We felt that we belonged to something bigger. And furthermore, our project was less and less in the focus of the management, because they started to think about new projects, restructuring and so on. This resulted in additional freedom and the possibility to take a few things into our own hands. Of course, more freedom also means more responsibility, which we were happy to take, because we believed in our work. We felt empowered. And these three pillars — dedication, belonging and empowerment — worked together in a kind of self-reinforcing cycle, and the closer we got to shutdown, the better our output became. So we were working with such personal engagement on a project already sentenced to death because we felt connected to something meaningful. Of course, it was also a hard and sometimes frustrating time, but we were sitting together in the lab, or occasionally in the café, sharing our sadness about the end of our project as well as the joy in our work. So overall, we had a very intense and mesmerizingly exciting time. And the lifetime we finally obtained for our materials was on one level with already commercialized materials for green OLEDs at the time, and we achieved this within just one year. And those results helped our employer to sell the patents for real value.

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