Recent findings in affective and cognitive neuroscience have far-reaching implications for educators, coaches, learning professionals, change makers, and leaders.
We can support more effective learning, when we recognize:
- Why our brain’s instinct for survival makes it difficult to re-examine what we think we already know.
- How curiosity and anxiety affect learning.
- How emotions influence cognition and behavior.
- How changing our minds and creativity are linked.
- How the body, emotion, and cognition are part of a dynamic system.
“Unlocking creativity to face new challenges.” –M.D., Senior Learning Environments Manager, Pharmaceutical Industry
What Experts Say
“You think with your body, not just your brain.”
“Movement is fundamental to the very existence of the brain.”
“We feel, therefore we learn.”
“Emotions are . . . fundamental to thought.”
“The mind is inherently embodied; thought is mostly unconscious. Abstract concepts are largely metaphorical.”
We help translate scientific insights into actionable, practical steps:
- The brain understands new experiences by association with what happened before.
- What the brain believes is deeply (and invisibly) influenced by what it already “knows” is true.
- Uncertainty leads to anxiety, so the brain makes up stories in its search for quick answers.
- To save energy, the brain relies on “default” systems that make it difficult to change our minds.
- The brain cannot separate rational thinking from emotional response.
- The brain arrives at a negative appraisal several times faster than a positive appraisal.
- Learning literally changes the brain at the neuronal level.
- Learning involves the whole body.