March 22, 2017
Pratik Mhatre, PhD, Data & Research Administrator, Texas GEAR UP State Grant, UT Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives
One of the advantages of working for a Tier 1 public university in the U.S. is the access to excellent (and inexpensive) professional development opportunities. I’ve been attending seminars offered by the Human Dimensions of Organizations program at UT Austin. I’m usually skeptical of any self-help seminars or talks but these are led by top UT faculty and all the material is backed by solid field-tested academic research.
Anyway, this post is mostly for my reference in transcribing and collating my handwritten notes from the latest seminar I attended, Maximizing Mental Agility led by Dr. Art Markman. This may be long, but here goes:
It’s surprising that given how many of us work in the knowledge economy and essentially work exclusively with our minds, we know so little about it. Research has shown that to be smarter, it helps to first know how your mind works. But being smart is unlike Nero plugging into the matrix to learn kung fu; in fact, getting there takes lots of time and effort. If you start with learning how thinking works, it will eventually make you better at knowledge building and thus, enable you to “maximize” your “mental agility.”
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