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4th August 2017

Where to find out more about neuroscience?

We are often asked what are good (i.e. accessible and reliable) sources of information about the practical application of neuroscience.  Resources that we frequently find ourselves referring people to include: Great Myths of the Brain by Christian Jarrett Neuroscience for Coaches by Amy Brann Neuroscience News Sharp Brains The Brain from Top to Bottom The Dana Foundation The Sentis Brain Animation Series Understanding Neuroplasticity by Rick Hanson Welcome Trust ThInk blog
29th July 2017

Strengths and neuroscience: developing a strengths focused habit

This is a copy of a guest blog we did recently for Strengths Partnership. There is a wide range of evidence that for all of us humans there are a huge range of benefits to be had from adopting a positive outlook and focusing on our strengths. Here are a few things we would all like to have on our CV and on those around us: People who think more positively and who use their strengths more: live longer (Levy et al 2002.Giltay 2004 ), achieve a higher income (Neve 2012) and are more likely to flourish as individuals and […]
20th June 2017

Have you a male or female brain?

It would be nice to think that this succinct but informative BBC article would put an end to this question for once and for all but that is probably too much to ask.  As it alludes to in the item, as far as the brain is concerned, there is more difference within gender than there is between gender and we may never get to the root of what is ‘nature’ and what is ‘nurture’ – maybe we should settle on ‘nurtured nature’?  
26th July 2016

Joosr – book summaries you’ll love

We are delighted to be starting work with Joosr to help them add neuroscience to the already wide range of topics covered by their book summaries.  Rather than summarising other books, in this instance we will be creating original content for some of the most pertinent aspects of using neuroscience in the workplace.  Joosr summaries are a great way of acquiring new knowledge, or staying up to date with what is going on and the learning is delivered in a very ‘brain-friendly’ way.
28th May 2016

Neuroscience of this, that and the other

It is obviously true that you ‘notice what you notice’ but neuroscience does seem to be getting more and more prevalent in the mainstream media and many domains of life.  For example if you were to ask your search engine of choice about neuroscience stories in the news this month the thousands of results would include topics as diverse as: Using neuroscience to run more effective meetings The growth of the neuroscience market – and neuroinformatics in particular How neuroscience is starting to change the criminal justice system Neuroscience driving sales productivity The variety of applicatins of neuroscience is likely […]
15th April 2016

Odd one out?

We recently spoke at a psychology careers day for Sixth Form students where students had presentations from speakers using psychology in a range of different environments such as new driver coaching based on ‘black box’ data, clinical trials management and educational psychology.  Our contribution was based on using psychology within the workplace and as part of it we asked participants if they could identify which of these four models was the ‘Odd one out’. Change curve (Kubler Ross) Dimensions of national culture (Hofstede) Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow) Team development (Tuckman) The answer – or one answer – is Tuckman’s Team […]
22nd March 2016

Brain friendly learning

Neuroscience makes it clear that ‘old dogs can learn new tricks’ and we have been exemplifying this recently by creating a lot of digital material for clients, for example we have made a number of contributions to the CIPD Future of Learning hub.  Whether we call it ‘e-learning’ or ‘m-learning’ or ‘flipped classroom’ or whatever is neither here nor there; what matters is that it offers ‘brain-friendly’ opportunities for learners to engage with relevant material.  What makes it ‘brain-friendly’ includes factors such as: the learner being in control of where and when they engage with the material bite-size chunks making […]
8th February 2016

Navigating Change workshops

We have been running a unique one-day workshop for a Legal Services client where the majority of participants are lawyers. We have been using the latest neuroscience and psychology along with proven tools and techniques to allow participants to master the ‘head, heart and hands’ elements of change. The workshop is designed to help participants to: Be familiar with the brain’s key processes, strengths and limitations relating to change Know how we typically react to externally driven changes Understand how to take control of the brain to make externally driven change a more positive experience Know how to use the […]
4th January 2016

A New Year’s resolution for learning and development?

Short, sweet and accurate! Yap with Dr Yap | Neuroscience & Training – Lynda.com's Britt Andreatta [TEASE] from The Institute on Vimeo.
18th December 2015

Happiness

Given the time of year there should be an abundance of happiness about already but just to add to it here is a link to a radio station focused on providing “Purpose-driven and consciously prepared brain food from the beaches of Malibu, California”.  What makes it worth listening to is the conversation between Dr’s Alex Korb and  Dan Siegel  about happiness. It is best to skip about two minutes in to avoid some of the less interesting introductory patter.  Enjoy, and have a Happy Christmas and New Year.
22nd November 2015

Using neuroscience to support change management

We have been working with a global electronics company for several years helping them apply neuroscience in a range of contexts and our most recent collaboration pushed us to deliver the learning from neuroscience on change management in a particularly accessible and practical way. The client wanted a bespoke change programme that would be as applicable to large, complex change as to small, simple change – an important consideration as scale and complexity is obviously very subjective and in the eye of each individual beholder.  To meet their needs we combined neuroscience, psychology and change management expertise  to create a […]
18th October 2015

Another month, another 20,000+ articles

Another month passes and there is another 20,000+ news articles on the internet about neuroscience and given the ‘allure of neuroscience’ this number is unlikely to reduce any time soon.  As you would expect many of the articles have a clinical or academic provenance but within these there are many nuggets that are absolutely applicable to the world of work; unsurprising really, as whatever our colleagues may say, most of us do bring our brain to work each day.  For example this article on treating anorexia offers evidence of the power of habit and how it will, more often than […]