Science and Research Base
Integrative Neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary field of study that brings together biological, psychological and clinical models of the human brain. Our job is to translate the current findings from our network of researchers and neuroscientists into real world leadership solutions that help leaders think better, engage better and improve overall performance.
How we react under pressure has a direct impact on our performance at work. When we react non-consciously or respond thoughtfully we are calling on a complex interaction of neurons. Within our non-conscious mind lie our beliefs, biases and habits which shape the way we react under stress. The good news is that emerging findings in neuroscience reveal that our brains are malleable and change everyday and we can build new connections and new responses.
Brain plasticity refers to the capacity of the nervous system to change its structure. When we are engaged in new learning the brain establishes new neural pathways made of inter-communicating neurons. Through repeated practice these routes become stronger. New pathways are most effective when they are activated using connections to multiple cortexes such as visual, olfactory and auditory.
As the brain changes function our behavior is modified in a parallel course. In order for learning to physiologically embed into the brain, the learning must lead to changes in behavior. New learning must be behaviorally relevant and perceived as necessary. Thus, it is imperitive to integrate meaningful goals and establish an implementation intention within the training.
This section is derived from the work of Kolb, B., Muhammad, A., & Gibb, R., Journal of Communication Disorders (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2011.04.007 and the paper "Olifactory Limbic System" listed in Resource section.