In 1953, an epileptic had brain surgery to try to relieve the seizures he was experiencing that were making his life a nightmare. A neurosurgeon, William Beecher Scoville, removed a piece of Henry Molaison’s brain about the size of an apple, and cured him of his seizures. Unfortunately, the operation also robbed H.M. (as he came to be called) of his memory. He lived the rest of his life in the moment,… Read More
Everyone seems to get these days that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all. But we do remember stories. They’re even more important than that. They are how our brains work. For example, they are why we all feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite. We remember the horrifying stories of plane crashes, and forget the stats. … Read More
What is the role of emotion in public speaking? We have all seen speeches that seared their audiences with emotion and were unforgettable as a result. You have probably seen speeches that were inappropriately emotional as well. Perhaps the CEO lost his temper at the wrong moment, or the VP for Marketing burst into tears like John Boehner, embarrassing everyone in the process. There’s still a mistaken belief in the business… Read More
Communications expert Connie Dieken interviews Nick Morgan. In this 30-minute podcast they discuss many subjects including how the latest brain research could transform the way you think about communicating and why adrenaline makes you robotic and monotonous. Website | Download podcast
For my blog today, I'm posting a brief excerpt from a speech I gave last year on communications. The clip explains mirror neurons and why they're important to understand. Enjoy!
Anyone who is interested in communications and the brain should spend a little time with Heribert Watzke, food scientist and researcher into what he calls the little or lower brain. It turns out that you’ve got 100 million neurons – 20 different varieties — in your gut, connected to the emotional centers in your bigger or upper brain, the one in your head. Those neurons are mostly concerned with keeping you alive… Read More
Second in a series of podcasts on communication subjects. This one is all about the latest brain research and what it tells us about how people communicate. The segment lasts about 5 minutes. Enjoy! Nick Morgan Interview -2-Oct 2010
I'm going to devote a couple of blogs to a genius and an expert on neurology: V. S. Ramachandran. He's a compellingly clear speaker on difficult scientific topics. Anyone who has to present dense material — science or engineering, say — can take a lesson or two from this masterful storyteller. Here, he talks about mirror neurons, the neurons in our brain that make it possible for us to be empathetic. … Read More
Our brains evolved to keep us alive and safe — but not to speak in front of an audience in the 21st century. My story about Richard Branson illustrates what happens when evolution takes over. Enjoy!