What makes for effective and resilient teams is something that interests many leaders and organisations. I have spoken about some of these aspects in other articles, particularly on team composition. But some new research gives some insights into the leaders themselves and how they influence effectiveness and resilience in the…


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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 is said that sleep is by the brain, of the brain, and for the brain. It is the consequence of having something that can do something so complex as what a brain does.

But sleep has been underrated — health advice for decades revolved around firstly food, and secondly…


Friends are good to have — we all know that — but the depth and breadth of the benefits to one’s health and brain may be underestimated.

I reported here on a study that showed how friends reduce stress or rather it could also be that interacting with strangers increases…


We should all know that exercise is good for you. But many people still see it as something that is merely healthy without understanding precisely why. We also fail to understand how it is not just about the body but just as much about the brain. …


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We are often encouraged to take a deep breath to oxygenate our brain — not bad advice. But it also shows how clearly our brain and your breath are related.

Though we may like to think about oxygenating our brain it is probably not the real issue — the real…


Hang on a second wasn’t there a hype on mirror neurons in the noughties?
Yes, there was, but this is more structured research, shows clear prediction abilities, and is a region of the brain not associated with mirror neurons.

Just to be clear what is the difference to mirror neurons?
Mirror…


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Just how does a sense of purpose help memory?
Well, this study by Angela Sutin et al. of Florida State University tested 800 people by asking them about their sense of purpose, giving them a batch of cognitive tests, and then quizzing them on their personal memories.

And what did…


Sorry, stupid question right off the cuff. Change what?
Well, in this recent study they were looking at changing health behaviours.

So, those well-meant things that everyone promises to do themself but never do!
Yes, precisely. You know “I really should exercise more” type of thing. …

Andy Hab

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

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