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Using Cognitive Principles to Enable Creative Problem Solving in Remote Environments

November 26, 2018 /Virtual Classrooms /

What if your virtual meetings and training sessions were so dynamic that people clamored to attend them? Our most recent webinar discussed just that and featured Cynthia Clay, a veteran collaboration expert who’s work focuses on applying principles of psychology and neuroscience to virtual classroom and remote meeting experiences.

Finding ways to avoid multitasking amongst participants is consistently top of mind for hosts of virtual meetings and training. Cynthia Clay’s body of research offers ways of looking at the cognitive principles that are at play during remote collaborative sessions and how managers and facilitators alike can best navigate them so to improve the impact they have on the projects and tasks they support.

Research in the field of cognition shows that capturing and maintaining attention in the human brain requires the proper balance of novelty, contrast, meaning, and emotion. By breaking down how to achieve this combination through a four stage process known as the COGS model Cynthia provides an approachable and repeatable framework so to consistently garner attention and engagement.

Within each stage of the COGS model are practical explanations of neuroscience-based principles behind how our brains process information and how to apply them in ways that encourages one’s audience to think innovatively, maintains their engagement, and improves their recall.

To see the full conversation and better understand how to start applying these strategies to your training and meetings access the full length session here.

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