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Technology has advanced tremendously in the past decades, which has helped to unlock neuroscience and the secrets of the brain. While routine check-ups are a normal occurrence for other parts of the body, regular brain check-ups are now also becoming possible. In the near future, doctors will assess brain health and treat conditions before they cause problems.
While producing the Documentary, I visited Chris Berka, Co-founder at Advanced Brain Monitoring, a company in California that specialises in the newest technology aimed at understanding how our brains function in real-time. Using this technology, her team is able to provide biometric measures that help decode why individuals in teams behave in certain ways.
Up to several brains can be linked up, to provide quantitative, real-time data to help understand social interactions and the metacognitive states of team members. When positive teaming occurs, brains tend to become synchronised across the team members. When a strong, effective leader emerges, other team members will share the brain state of that leader.
This research is exciting because it allows us to understand how a positive leader can enhance the thinking and performance of other team members. When an emergent leader speaks, engagement levels among the other participants increased. We can use this technology to also examine the health of our brains, giving us more options to ensure optimal performance as a leader.
In one study conducted by the researchers at Advanced Brain Monitoring, the link between team communication and neurophysiology was examined. When people are working together, patterns regarding cognitive, neural and behavioural effects form. These patterns would not typically develop when people are working on their own.
Cross-level effects are seen when teams interact, and changes occur across cognitive-behavioral levels and neural levels. The scientists found that cross-level effects can be measured, and that these measurements can assess the team’s experience and skill, potentially increasing our understanding of the practical aspects of team training (Gorman, 2015).
Once we understand how our brains function when we operate in a leadership capacity, we can try to understand how to optimise that function. When others are engaged, the dialogue is open for creative, innovative ideas. Brain health is as important as physical health, and now technology can give us a clearer glimpse at what’s going on inside.
Brain health is going to become a critical part of your health profile, and we have more and more tools now to improve your brain health at different stages in your life.
When you visit your doctor now for your yearly check-ups, all sorts of tests may be conducted. We can look at individual organs in great detail, and make sure that there aren’t signs of cancer and other diseases. While we do have some options for brain health, these tests aren’t routinely part of your yearly profile, and as a result, many conditions are slipping through the cracks.
Fortunately, technology will soon give us the option to have the same kind of yearly assessment on our brains. Imagine the possibilities! Instead of waiting for negative symptoms, brain conditions could be treated before you even know it’s a problem. This throws open the door for treatments for neurodegenerative and
Keeping your brain healthy involves many variables, for example getting quality sleep, and enough of it! However, if you truly want to be an effective leader and to keep your brain in great condition, consider these tips:
Brain health is crucial for a happy, successful life. As a leader, your brain is your biggest supporter. If your brain isn’t functioning at its peak, you can’t be a truly effective leader. You also won’t be the best partner, parent, friend, or coworker if your brain is sluggish. The possibilities are endless with a healthy brain and mind.
Gorman, J., Martin, M., Dunbar, T., Stevens, R.H., Galloway, T.L., Amazeen, P., Likens, A. (2015) Cross-Level Effects Between Neurophysiology and Communication During Team Training. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 181-199. doi:10.1177/0018720815602575
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About my Brain Institute
Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.
Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.
Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership
In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.
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