We spend a lot of time building solutions to improve memory and the brain’s speed and accuracy…we understand how those improvements in brain performance translate into measurable, real-world impact. I was struck today, though, about the importance of the brain in emotional situations. A lapse in emotional intelligence – from misunderstanding your own or another’s emotional state – may lead to an outcome from which you cannot easily recover.
I had a wonderful demo yesterday of some groundbreaking work which tackles this issue. Our research team is working on solutions to improve social intelligence by training the brain to recognize emotional cues…they are approaching the effort with the same rigor with which we have approached improving other aspects of brain performance. Do you think that emotional intelligence can be improved?