Interesting Content…

Pamela Meyer: How to spot a liar | Video on TED.com Pamel Meyer

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognise deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain | Video on TED.com TED Talks Neuroscientist and inventor Christopher deCharms demonstrates a new way to use fMRI to show brain activity — thoughts, emotions, pain — while it is happening. In other words, you can actually see how you feel.

Mourne thoughts…

We were thinking about NLP techniques that utilise Sub Modal descriptors as a means of changing how something impacts on a person. As we were talking about sub modalities today, one person said ‘they (Sub Modalities) don’t work for me’. There was no push back. With everything in NLP, some things will work better for one individual than another. In many instances, something not working can be the result of us not believing it will work. We are always on the lookout for examples that are not NLP that support NLP. TED is a great source. The Christopher deCharms talk, highlighted below, talks of using fMRI scanning to enable patients to see their brain in action. This can be used in the management of pain as they can see it in their brain in real time. He then asks them to manipulate what they see – turn down the pain in their own mind. The result is that they can control their own pain. The fMRI equipment is, for us, an expensive version of Sub Modalities. The colour image on the screen is a representation of their real pain. A Sub Modal descriptor is the low tech version – what colour is it? What shape is it? Does it move? These all enable the individual to get a fix on the issue ‘in their minds eye’. Once they have it they can change it. Seems like the same process to us. Nice to know that technology is catching up.

Tom Wujec on 3 ways the brain creates meaning | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Mourne thoughts…

In this lecture Tom Wujec looks at how we make sense or take meaning from information we are provided with. The lecture focuses on the use of imagery as a tool for shared understanding. It explains the value of moving away from something like PowerPoint as a means of delivering information. Mourne has been training people to use graphic communication in our facilitation skills training. Facilitation requires an individual to have knowledge of the specific processes needed to deliver their information and how and when to get the audience to join with you in the process. I also is helpful to have models that explain the psychology of both group and individual interaction, to enable the facilitator to influence, guide and support the direction of the group towards a well defined and agreed outcome. Being a master of the art of facilitation saves time and money while achieving predictable successes.

Henry Markram builds a brain in a supercomputer | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Henry Markram says the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they’re made of neurons and electric signals, and he plans to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain’s 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.

Mourne thoughts…

Actually he and his team have built a cortical column, which is one of the building blocks of the neo-cortex. A fantastic feat on its own. From this he believes he can replicate this to eventually construct a working brain. Whilst this is fantastic, the other element of the lecture is focused on perception and reality. He states that 99 percent of what we perceive is what we assume should happen or be there rather than what is ‘really’ there. What we see and experience is a construct made by us for us. Starts to explain misunderstandings! We don’t see, hear or feel the same. NLP teaches us that ‘the map is not the territory’, that perception is projection. Henry seems to concur. No two brains are the same and no two maps of the world are the same. Science and philosophy meet. There are some interesting discussions on the page that this is posted on. Have a look and decide for yourself.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation | Video on TED.com

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Sheena Iyengar: The art of choosing | Video on TED.com

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

Dan Gilbert: Why we make bad decisions

Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.

Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert says our beliefs about what will make us happy are often wrong — a premise he supports with intriguing research, and explains in his accessible and unexpectedly funny book, Stumbling on Happiness.

Tom Wujec: 3 ways the brain creates meaning

Information designer Tom Wujec talks through three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. In this short talk from TEDU, he asks: How can we best engage our brains to help us better understand big ideas?

Tom Wujec studies how we share and absorb information. He’s an innovative practitioner of business visualization — using design and technology to help groups solve problems and understand ideas.

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

The former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead managers and organisations astray.

Simon Lewis: Don’t take consciousness for granted

After a catastrophic car accident that left him in a coma, Simon Lewis found ways to recover — physically and mentally — beyond all expectations. At the INK Conference he tells how this remarkable story led him to concern over all threats to consciousness, and how to overcome them.

Simon Lewis is the author of “Rise and Shine,” a memoir about his remarkable recovery from a car accident and coma, and his new approach to our own consciousness.

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness 

Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness — both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy.

Renowned for album covers, posters and his recent book of life lessons, designer Stefan Sagmeister invariably has a slightly different way of looking at things.