Pilot Study Shows Correlation Between Ranked Skill Development in Our Brain's Conscious, Subconscious Reactions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Our life experiences — and our emotional associations tied to them — give us insight into whether skills will be easy or difficult to build. New research by TTI Success Insights (TTI SI), and published in Vol. 2, No. 2 of NeuroRegulation (2015), suggests there may be a correlation between how we prioritize a list of workplace skills and our brain's conscious and subconscious biases toward them.

These are the latest findings of a new brain imaging study released by TTI SI. After responding to an assessment that measures a set of 23 job-related soft skills, the reactions of 14 individuals related to images of the same soft skills were measured through gamma brain wave mapping. Researchers measured responses using a new implementation system called sLORETA to analyze and view voxel images of real-time brain activity. Brains registered one of three reactions: positive, avoidance, or differential.

"Our ability as researchers to understand how people rank their development of soft skills, or competencies, has been limited by the fact that self-reported assessments can be suspect in the absence of other verification measures," said Ron Bonnstetter, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development for Target Training International, Ltd and TTI SI. "More objective processes, including the measuring of our brain's conscious and subconscious reactions, can be considered to strongly supplement and validate these self-reported measures."

This new research has provided several important takeaways. In particular, 71 percent of the cases resulted in correlations between the self-reported assessment and brain-wave imagery results, indicating soft skill directionality response. Reduction in gamma response, or brain-wave intensity, was seen when the participants ranked their highest to lowest developed soft skills, as indicated in their self-reported assessment.

Researchers also concluded the brain-wave imagery results could help inform further research about whether individuals have biases toward certain soft skills, which impact self-reporting assessments. The pilot study was conducted by researchers from the TTI SI Center for Applied Cognitive Research, Grand Canyon University and Applied Neurotherapy Center LLC.

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