The Neuroscience of Engagement

Presented by

Carmen Simon, PhD, Chief Science Officer at Corporate Visions

About this talk

Everyone in business aspires at engaging others at some point, internally or externally. In fact, engagement is so widely addressed that it’s becoming a big word that often means very little. So let’s define it meaningfully, by using science. What does it really take for the brain to be engaged? An intriguing approach to understanding engagement is to view it from the angle of its absence. So what do we know about the psychology of boredom? Is it possible for the brain to be bored in the age of overstimulation? The answer is yes. As scientists, we used to believe that boredom was defined by the absence of stimulation. Now we are discovering that too much stimulation can have a similar effect. So how do we prevent the brain from getting bored – therefore staying engaged with your message and your cause? The good news is that the brain does not want to stay bored for too long. From an evolutionary point, we cannot afford to stay bored. This keynote offers three evidence-based, practical guidelines, which you can use immediately to create meaningful engagement for your internal and external audiences.

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