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A Neurobiologist's Guide to Mind Manipulation



Casey Watts discusses reframing frustration into accomplishment and having a more happy and productive team using psychological ideas.


Casey Watts is Lead Software Engineer at Heroku, doing Ember. He has a background both in psychology and in software development.

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Oct 17, 2018

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  • Missing piece: habits

    by Olivier Gourment,

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    I really enjoyed the contents of the talk; it made me think deeper about interactions between team members, which is a topic that I'm studying at the moment (and its implications/applications for Agile teams).

    One thing I found simplified is the description of the automatic response in animals- input to output; I would add a "habit" box in between, and then explain that, over time and consistent mapping, the "process" (in the cognitive-human) becomes a habit. This explains why we behave like animals (we are animals indeed!) but offer a glimpse of hope that we can change and fix our responses, thanks to Cognitive Behaviour Training.

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