Category: Academia

Emotional Intelligence circa 2014

Fast Company recently wrote that EI or emotional intelligence is beginning to be considered along SAT scores in college admittance – at Yale no less! Likewise, the New York Times reported on how emotional awareness tactics are helping discouraged job seekers find work. What’s up with this? Why is emotion – that feared and denigrated […]

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Neuroscience & The Risk Manager including White Paper The Art of Algorithmic War

Coates, Shull, other experts weigh in on risk professionals’ attention to their discipline Thursday, May 02, 2013, Risk Professional Magazine (published by the Global Association of Risk Professionals – GARP) By Katherine Heires Over the past 20 years, advances in brain imaging technology and other methods of analyzing neural activity have yielded important insights into […]

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The MIT Sloan fellows were great!

~  a ton of fun! Yes at MIT! The psychology of risk about which I speak applies to any business decision. It’s great fun to get out and talk to people who are learning to make better risk decisions – even if they aren’t necessarily market decisions. Thanks to Katherine Kaminsky PhD of AlphaK Capital […]

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Report from The Society of Neuroeconomics

Last weekend, a group of the world’s preeminent neuroeconomists met in Evanston and the research findings reported on were strikingly different from even two years ago. Virtually nothing about system 1 (logic) and system 2 (emotion) and a new found appreciation for the integrated role of feelings and emotions in every risk decision. Antonio Damasio, […]

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Positive Thinking isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

In the US at least, it’s taken as a given that feeling good is better than feeling bad. We “look on the bright side” as a matter of social pressure. If you say you feel angry, sad or anything else “negative”, you get pushback and even disdain. But a recent paper shows that this is […]

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How to Think in the Gap between the Facts & Success

We have a tendency not to notice that our emphasis on numbers and logic leaves out a crucial part of the thinking processes we actually engage in to make decisions. In order to make the best decisions – and to perform at our highest levels – we need to get logical about the gap between […]

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“Why” of Financial Crisis only on p. 4 as Dow hits 12K

We need a revolution in our own conscious minds that makes us see ourselves as we are once and for all. We need to admit that how we feel makes all the difference in the world to what we do or decide.

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Executive Function & Emotion – from Boulder NIMH Conference

To quote The ReThink Group’s great intern, Clay Berry a senior at Rutgers, “The first speaker of the day,  Luiz Pessoa from The University of Indiana, talked about “How do emotion and motivation interact with cognitive control?” Pessoa noted how the older notion of emotion and perception/cognition being two separate entities was becoming OBSOLETE.” (emphasis […]

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New Model of Thinking and Emotion

At the recent Neuroleadership summit in Boston, Lisa Feldman Barrett articulated a whole new view on the appropriate model for understanding our thinking and our feelings. “Lisa challenged some of the most deeply held ideas about how the mind works in her session. She stated that Daniel Goldman’s theory on emotional intelligence is largely incorrect. […]

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MORE than Animal Spirits

For the past 50-60 years it has been popular to relegate the very relevant and powerful dimension of emotions to the category of “to be controlled”. On one hand, we talk all the time about how confidence, which is a a feeling more than anything, is so important in all domains: markets, politicians, sports…. and […]

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