Archive for October, 2012

Empathy Represses Analytic Thought

An article in Science Daily (Empathy Represses Analytic Thought, and Vice Versa: Brain Physiology Limits Simultaneous Use of Both Networks) reports some recent investigations which suggest that the human brain can not both be analytic and emphathetic at the same time.  It states, in part:

“When the analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed.

At rest, our brains cycle between the social and analytical networks. But when presented with a task, healthy adults engage the appropriate neural pathway, the researchers found.

The study shows for the first time that we have a built-in neural constraint on our ability to be both empathetic and analytic at the same time.”

Worth a read – particularly if you are dealing with business and organisational related issues concerning human beings.

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