What Our Brain Reveals About Emotions & Learning

Development plans should include working on competencies that are either required to perform better in your current role or to prepare you for a future role. But did you know that you may not be as open to all learning?

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Development plans should include working on competencies that are either required to perform better in your current role or to prepare you for a future role. But did you know that you may not be as open to all learning?

If only we could uncover our own or our staff’s hidden beliefs silently undermining any development efforts? TTI Success Insight’s Center for Applied Cognitive Research (this our strategic partner) is doing just that, and the results may surprise you and solve many of your training dilemmas. 

One of the assessments we use is the TriMetrix® DNA™ part of which measures competence in 25 work-related skills. You can find more information about this assessment on our website’s Assessment Centre page. TTI SI started 

with assessment volunteer candidates for this research project. They  knew exactly which competencies were well-developed, developed, moderately developed or not yet developed. That was the baseline.

Their research affirmed that skills are experience-based but most importantly, that each one is connected to an emotional reaction. The emotional reaction can be positive, negative or neutral. Someone with a positive reaction to a competency/skill, will have a positive learning experience in the particular skill that they have a positive emotional reaction to. While someone with an emotional aversion to a competency/skill may not. Some people don’t necessarily have a positive or negative emotional reaction thus likely little impact on their learning to either extreme.

In the TTI SI lab, they are deep into neuroscience. During the trials, this is what they found a brain looks like when there is a positive, neutral and negative response to a learning event:

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Our research affirms skills are experience based and tied directly to emotional reactions.

Dr. Ron Bonstetter, Senior Vice-President of Research & Development, TTI Success Insights

The key finding from this research is to uncover any negative assumptions, beliefs or self doubts that you or your staff may have with respect to the learning prior to designing a learning and development plan.

The Implications

According to TTI SI, “The big takeaway is that some marginally developed skills may be extremely difficult to be more proficient in, due to negative subconscious emotional baggage people unknowingly hold on to as deep beliefs about themself.”  Furthermore, “When an individual holds strong beliefs, it may be easier to develop skills for which they have little or no previous experience than to tackle a developmental plan encumbered by self-doubt or worse, total aversion to the concept.” 

Want to Learn More?

You can download the full white paper by clicking here.

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