You can change the way you think. When you do so, you can also change the way you act and take on life challenges. The human brain has neuroplasticity, which means that it is mouldable.
Our brain respond to human behaviour through neurotransmitters. Oxytocin kicks in when we feel trust, love and care. Serotonin comes in the system when there is rapport, when we feel seen. Dopamine is the excitement and motivation neurotransmitter. Endorphins have a party when we smile and laugh together or even go out for a run and get to the famous ”runners’ high”. Cortisol shows up under stress, anger, polarisation. However, cortisol is also the neurotransmitter that is referred to as the survival neurotransmitter, that makes us attentive to threats.
Remember that with every human encounter you have, you scan the situation as safe or unsafe. It’s 2021 so that means socially safe or not. Depending on your answer, yes or no, there will be an outcome that play on the neurotransmitter at work. Trust is the fundamental emotion that human relationships are built on.
In an oxytocin rich room you will feel safe to try, to play, to fail and to try again. In a room where there is polarisation and judgement cortisol will be dominant so don’t expect great brainstorming or fantastic creative thinking there. In that room you will probably learn out of fear.
In learning situations an element of dopamine is highly desirable. It enhances motivation and curiosity. It drives learning. Combine it with fun and we have endorphins joining for creativity!
Applied neuroscience help shape and design effective and fun learning experiences to accelerate learning.
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