HCMx Radio 50: Neuroscience Research-Based Methods That Help You Learn Faster

Guest: Dr. Grace Chang, Director of Research and Development, The Regis Company

Host: Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group

shutterstock_347000702In this episode, we interview Dr. Grace Chang, a cognitive neuroscientist focused on applying research knowledge in the business world. Chang is responsible for driving initiatives in learning and assessment to enhance Regis Company’s neuroscience-based business solutions. In our discussion, she shares methods that drive deeper engagement for people to allow them to learn faster through self-generated techniques.

One of the fascinating areas that we talk about is the work of Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman. Kahneman authored the book, Thinking Fast and Slow, where he describes the brain as having two systems that function differently – System 1 (fast) and System 2 (slow). System 1 is when your brain is on autopilot and responds quickly to things that are familiar and habit-driven – like getting dressed. System 1 can be helpful but also problematic in the workplace. If new behaviors and thinking are necessary, this will require a change in the mental model of the brain. This takes effort and time, but some techniques can help you get there faster. When new thinking is required, your brain operates in System 2 and works harder to complete an activity such as public speaking for the first time or to manage a new team, etc. Chang offered insights about the importance of understanding how each system in your brain operates to engage deeper thinking for more positive results. You can download the whitepaper from The Regis Company, Using the Debrief to Engage System 2.

We also discussed how The Regis Company has used neuroscience research to develop research-based learning simulations that offer safe environments that engage learners to learn faster and drive better results. To listen to our interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group


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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.