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Old logic sees punishment as motivation. Good ‘ole school systems used this: strict rules and give anyone who diverges of the righteous path a good beating. That will see them right. I grew up in Britain which still had the cane (a thin stick) as a punishment in schools — it was finally abolished when I was 14, but not after my brother and been given a good whipping at school. …


I originally wrote this as the first in a series of posts on brain myths for teachers. But this is just as relevant for many people because the left brain right brain myth is one of the most popular and pervasive brain myths despite many years of trying to debunk it. The myth states that the left brain is the logical, rational, reasoning side of the brain, and this gives us “left brainers”, those logical people. The right brain, according to the myth, is the creative and emotional side giving us those creative and emotional “right brainers”. This is fundamentally…


This a free article from the free edition of leading brains Review (Take a Walk on the Wild Side)

One of the most striking things is that often really simple things have really large impacts on the brain

When I speak at public events there are always guaranteed to be two types of questions that I get. One, will be on certain mental disorders, normally from a member of the audience who has a family member with a specific disorder. Two, will be something to do with healthy brains. This second one may be guided by current trends which may…


This is a free article from leading brains Review (2021–01) / Section: Personal Leadership

Self-reflection has currently been going through a revival and is seen as a gateway to all things good and great. But beware the distinction between cognitive reflection, self-reflection, and rumination.

Self-reflection has been promoted as a means to increasing personal performance and constant improvement. Though some may associate this with the current wave of mindfulness, this has been in the leadership literature for a long time. …


Many sports coaches know it — there are some team members, who may be unspectacular, but the whole team just functions better with them. But no one knows how to measure it and big data is not helping — or is it?

Here we have a basketball mystery: a player is widely regarded inside the NBA as, at best, a replaceable cog in a machine driven by superstars. And yet every team he has ever played on has acquired some magical ability to win.

Some Illogicalities

The standard logic in business and sports is that to get high-performing teams you should hire…

Andy Hab

The brain and human behaviour, in business, society, learning, and health.

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