EnGaming’s Pick of the Day: “Does Resilience Help?”

Three Things I Learn This Week

via Michelle McQuaid @chellemcquaid, michellemcquaid.com

How does shame and fear impact our ability to learn; Why games build up our belief that we can take positive steps to affect the outcome of our lives and; What have we learnt from 50 years of resilience research?

It turns out that emotions of shame and fear short-circuit whatever higher learning process might otherwise develop in the brain. Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT, and a group of other researchers have been looking into this issue. In one experiment, they found that when monkeys achieved success in a certain task, it led to greatly enhanced performance in the next, different task. However, if the monkey failed in the first task, not only did he not “learn” from it, his performance on the next task was not influenced at all by the mistake. “Success has a much greater influence on the brain than failure,” says Miller.  Source:  Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People  by Edward Hallowell.

Question: How do you help your employees cultivate success?
A growing body of scientific evidence over the past few years – from an extremely diverse group of investigators, such as Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, the U.S Army’s Mental Health Assessment TeamMichigan State University’s Department of Psychologyand Massachusetts General Hospital – have shown that games can increase our mental, emotional and social resilience.  In fact, games can make us more resilient in the face of tough challenges, better able to learn from mistakes, more likely to cooperate with others on difficult problems and more creative in coming up with new solutions. They can alleviate depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. New research from Stanford University just this month even shows, through fMRI imagery of the brain, exactly how games boost our motivation and self-efficacy at the neurological level. Games build up our belief that we can take positive steps to affect the outcome of our lives –and game help us be more motivated to take those steps and not give up. Source:  What’s Next CNN blog with Jane McGonigal.
Question: Could gamifying organisational processes improve your employees’ levels of resilience?
More than 50 years of scientific research has powerfully demonstrated that resilience is the key to success at work and satisfaction in life.  Your level of resilience affects your performance at work, your physical health, your mental health, and the quality of your relationships.  In particular, learning to recognise that you’re emotions and behaviours are not triggered by events themselves but by how you interpret those events, has been proven to help you outperform your colleagues and competitors. Resilience gives you the confidence to take on new responsibilities at work, to risk embarrassment by approaching a person you’d like to know, to seek experiences that will challenge you to learn more about yourself and connect more deeply with others.  It is the basic ingredient to happiness and success. Source: The Resilience Factor by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte.
Question: How do you teach your employees the skills of mental, emotional and social resilience?

Ten minutes to play: Rewarding Health is an Australian game that allows you to earn points by exercising to redeem discounts, product offers, goods, and services from a variety of new and well-known local and national brands like Westfield Shopping Centres, Dick Smith, Big W, JB Hi-Fi and others.  For $39.95 you purchase an exercise activity tracker and for every hour you exercise it awards your points which can then be traded for prizes. Whoo hoo!

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About this Article: This is a blog post via Michelle McQuaid, who is currently researching, and writing about the latest breakthroughs in positive psychology and neuroscience. She post her latest “Three Things I Learnt This Week” on Her blog michellemcquaid.com. Really interesting read, and for those thats interested in Gamification, motivation, engagement, should check her out. Here is her latest post:

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