The experience of working (and playing) together is one of our biggest causes at IM. What’s interesting about this article from Big Think is what the research means for us in our daily lives. While fascinating to identify the varied areas of the brain and motives involved, it’s what we make of this that matters. Linking our instinctive reactions and putting the bigger picture in context makes the difference to how we cooperate with each other.
Why do we decide to work on a project or pursue a goal with someone? Or why do we treat some people like there’s no way we can find any common language? Neuroscience says that the human brain contains underlying causes to all human cooperation and social decision-making.
One difficulty in studying human behavior is that it’s hard to record brain activity while the behavior is happening. You don’t see many people outfitted with MRIs as they confront each other in the ebb and flow of daily life. But a new slate of advanced devices allowed neuroscientists a greater peek behind the mind’s curtain. Studies presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience offered a variety of explanations for our behavior with respect to others.