On Monday, March 19, I had the great pleasure of being a guest at Southwest High School to have a great conversation with Alex Cases’s 3 morning psychology classes about the many careers open to a person in the large and growing field of psychology. Some careers actually require you to have a degree or specialist training. Many of these careers we know about and are very familiar with such as psychiatrist, psychologist and counselor. I found this resource very helpful when preparing my presentation.
I don’t have a degree in psychology, but I’m a junkie for the latest research about brain based behaviors. Some of the things I’ve personally most enjoyed reading recently are are Sway by Ori & Rahm Brafman; Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (or really anything by Lehrer.)
The New York Times frequently has great articles about brain behavior. Last Sunday the story of LeRoy brings up an interesting case of a group of girls who are all reporting the same symptoms. Literally thinking outside the box makes you think outside the box. Target uses psychologists and statisticians to help identify new customer base. This article talks about how building new habits actually changes the structure of the brain. How about our biases? James Surowieki talks Jeremy Lin and how anyone with a clue would have known he was gong to perform this well. This story and the underlying studies are truly fascinating for what they mean about cross-cultural relationships.
Why such an interest in these studies? Marnita’s Table uses peer-reviewed research to our inform our work. Every week at the Table we review at least 10 to 15 new articles about brain behavior because we use what is called “experience engineering” creating powerful positive experiences that help people come together more rapidly.
If you show an interest in this topic I can keep posting links and more information about what we are reading today!