The art of seeing the future
More and more, psychological and neurological science is discovering that much of our decision-making is made at an unconscious and emotional level. What we are now finding is that when we are thinking about mundane and simple issues, such as small calculations, the brain areas associated with rational planning (such as the pre-frontal cortex) tend to be more active.
But when thinking about difficult, exciting, interesting activities, such as investing in a new business, or perhaps buying a $10 million lottery ticket, the brain areas associated with emotion – such as the midbrain dopamine system – become more active.
These new knowledge of neurophysiological research is important if we want to understand how we relate to the future, both on individual as well as group level.
To futurists this is important in order to understand our own and our clients biases and quirks. To managers it is knowledge which is crucial in times of change when the tasks consists of leading people through uncertainties and radical change.
Personal Monitoring Tech: Invasion of the Body Trackers
By Susannah F. Locke, popsci.com
Personal fitness monitors designed to encourage healthy habits typically involve uncomfortable gear, such as chest straps and armbands, that can discourage people from wearing them. As sensors shrink and software improves,…