Neuroscience bringing work culture to its senses

Interesting video from the Financial Times – an interview with Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and coach who teaches at business schools. For those who care to pay attention, neuroscience has been able to back up a great deal of common sense in the workplace, and may even begin to counter the ridiculous long-hours-as-status-sginifier that began in…… Continue reading Neuroscience bringing work culture to its senses

We don’t just read novels, we live them

A neuroscience research project suggests that when we read novels we create a connection with the protagonist, a change that is visible in fMRI brain scans and that persists for five days. “The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the…… Continue reading We don’t just read novels, we live them

The best question you can ask: How fascinating! What can I learn from this?

As part of the Nokia Smarter Everyday program myself and some members of the Brilliant Noise team were lucky enough to sit in on a coaching session with the clever and inspirational Caroline Webb, founder of the McKinsey leadership practice and CEO Seven Shift Leadership. Caroline is an expert on emotional intelligence and applying cognitive science to…… Continue reading The best question you can ask: How fascinating! What can I learn from this?

Turning down the distraction on our devices

Apps. When did they get so needy? Like newly hatched chicks they chirrup and gawp, those little red dots having a similar cognitive effect on us to a chick’s open beak does for its parents – except we cough up some some attention instead of food. When we get a new phone (or a new…… Continue reading Turning down the distraction on our devices

Cognitive slipstreaming: Thinking is an endurance sport

* Updated * In endurance swimming, I found out this week, you slipstream* just like cyclists do in a peloton. My wife, a sea swimmer, told me that swimming close to the person in front – right up by their kicking legs, off to one side – saves about 30% of the energy. When you…… Continue reading Cognitive slipstreaming: Thinking is an endurance sport

Learning to learn, thinking about thinking

Image: my niece, Boudicca, being amazing, as babies are wont to do… How our brains work is something that I’m reading and thinking about a lot this week, connecting neuroscience with how we work and manage our everyday lives.* A happy moment of serendipity this morning, as I happened to hear The Life Scientific on…… Continue reading Learning to learn, thinking about thinking