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May 17, 2016

Shane O'Mara is Principal Investigator and Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin, and is currently Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is the author of the book Why Torture Doesn't Work and discusses some of the neurological effects that stress can have on the human body. Listen in for more great insights from Shane.

  • 04:00 - How necessary is it for your team to understand how the brain works?
  • 07:55 - How does long-term stress effect the human body and the brain?
  • 11:25 - It eventually backfires on organizations who intentionally build high-pressure environments for their employees.
  • 16:15 - If you don't have to solve a problem today, then don't. Think about the problem extensively, even sleep on it.
  • 22:00 - Shane shares an example of why Darwin delayed writing Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection for so long.
  • 24:25 - The part of the brain we use to judge people is the same part we use to judge commercial brands.
  • 29:00 - Shane talks about Google's hiring process.
  • 32:40 - How much do we really understand about the brain?
  • 35:40 - The brain changes by our experiences, by our attitudes, and even by how we talk to ourselves.
  • 36:30 - What's Shane's morning routine?
  • 39:10 - Shane likes to write at night because there are few distractions around.
  • 40:10 - To be chronically sleep deprived is extremely bad for you. Shane explains further.
  • 45:45 - What advice would Shane give to his 25-year-old self?

FULL SHOW NOTES: http://innovationecosystem.com/shane-omara/

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