How frequently do you use logic to make lifestyle choices? It’s no secret that when most people make poor decisions, there are often factors (e.g. safety, desires, education, exercise, diet) that distract us from reaching our goals. These factors can even drive us to make unexpected choices that are not in our own best interest.
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This has sparked much debate about which behaviors are a normal part of our biological makeup and which attitudes and behaviors are influenced by what we put into our bodies, our minds or are shaped by our current environments.
Given what we understand about how emotions can hijack our brains (see more below), and the way that our emotions can affect the way that we process information, we would think that recent advances in brain imaging technology and the anatomy of the brain regions which control our cognitive functions would reshape the way that we deconstruct and approach our attempts to reconcile our more toxic behaviors, deep seated prejudices, and even our entire concept of systemic injustice.
To learn more about the impact that emotions play upon our decision making process, watch here:
This begs the question:
- When we make poor decisions, does the way that we attribute our failure to make good choices have an impact on our ability to recover from them?
- Are there behaviors outside of what we believe to be healthy which would be more effective for improving our health, restoring brain functions, or improve the efficacy of our decisions?
- If we develop an understanding of how our brains make connections, potentially distorts information, and how it heals itself, could we use this information to empower communities and innovators to design healthier communities, build more accurate mental maps, or improve our approach to public health and education?
- If so, what would that process look like (and are there ways we can create mechanisms for inclusion) that bring all stakeholders into the experience?
We’d LOVE to hear your thoughts (although a picture’s worth a thousand words)!