News: C@W conference roundup. Approach or avoid?

‘Deeply social’ brains seek rewards in engagement. Our brains are organised to seek reward and minimise danger, and levels of engagement are linked to these functions, said Christopher Samsa. In his keynote address on neuroscience and positive psychology, Samsa, director of the NeuroLeadership Group (UK), outlined research on the threat (away or avoidance) and reward (towards or approach) systems. The latter is linked to higher engagement, a solution focus, higher creativity, increased cognitive resources and a ‘global view’, whereas the threat state is linked to uncertainty, a danger focus and tunnel vision, said Samsa. Samsa talked about how our brains […]

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