Oil engineer Robert A. Berndt, who helped pioneer the oil field development process, once told a business conference that it was impossible to make an intelligent business decision without first being able to make the right decision in the first place.
“If you’re going to do business, it’s like going to a funeral and making the right decisions before the funeral,” he said.
But it turns out that the best decision-making comes not from a high-powered executive with a deep understanding of all the possible outcomes but from the human brain.
And a new study has found that when you think about what you’re doing and what you can learn about the world, the brain is the key.
The research, which was published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that people who thought about their social engineering tasks more thought about them in terms of their immediate and immediate effects on others than people who were less engaged with the problem.
When researchers measured brain activity as participants read out a list of questions and provided answers, they found that those who thought more about their tasks were more likely to provide accurate responses than those who did not.
“What we found is that people were thinking about their responses more when they thought about how they were going to change someone’s life,” said senior author Tanya M. Schulz, a researcher in the psychology department at the University of Rochester.
“It’s a way of thinking about what it is they can do that can actually change someone else’s life.”
The research shows that, if done well, social engineering can actually alter someone’s thinking, making them think about their actions in a new way.
“When you think and talk about something, you’re thinking about the consequences of doing it,” said Schulz.
“That can lead to you thinking about how you’re affecting people or your own life.
And the brain then has a way to filter that information, to filter out the bad, the scary, the irrelevant and focus on the good.””
The brain then had a way for it to filter those thoughts,” said Tanya SchulzThe brain, of course, isn’t just thinking about your actions, but the consequences you’re taking on when you do them.
“Our brain is not thinking about you as a person,” said study coauthor Christopher A. Johnson, an associate professor of psychology at the university.
“But the brain can be a tool for the mind to understand what we’re doing to others.”
“People are thinking about whether their actions will have any positive consequences, and it’s a powerful cognitive process,” Johnson said.
“Our brain has been studying that for more than 100 years, and this study adds a whole new layer of information to that.”
The study, which analyzed data from over 2,000 participants from a large university in the United States, found that people had a different way of viewing the world when they were thinking of their social skills.
People were less likely to think about the positive effects they could have if they were good social engineers, and they were more concerned about the negative consequences of their actions.
“People were more focused on how their actions would affect others,” Johnson explained.
“The brain has a powerful filter to see what we do as we’re thinking.
So it’s not just about what we think, it is what we can do to others to influence them.”
It’s not a new concept, and research has shown that people can learn to filter information from other people in a way that benefits themselves and their relationships.
“This research is a really interesting addition to the field, as it’s showing that when people are thinking, they’re thinking differently,” Johnson told ABC News.
“So it’s very exciting to think of this as a way people can have a positive influence on their relationships and be a positive force in their lives.
There’s also some research that suggests that this can even help to reduce the effects of depression and anxiety.”
For more information on this research, visit: http://plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fs10.1186%2fsa013868