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Neuroscience and HR

Build evidence-based HR practices that work with the brain, not against it, to gain credibility with stakeholders and drive business results.

What is it?

  • Neuroscience entails measuring the physical processes that take place in the brain and drive the behavior that psychology describes. The physical basis of neuroscience provides more objective and harder evidence for the importance of soft skills than psychology previously has.

Why does it matter?

  • Application of neuroscience in HR allows for organizations to be aware of the cognitive processes underlying employees’ engagement, learning, threat, and reward perceptions.
  • Many HR traditional practices that are still commonplace across organizations are not brain-friendly; they risk having detrimental effects on employees.
  • Neuroscience insights can be leveraged to design brain-friendly HR practices that work with the brain, not against it.

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About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

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  • Amy Brann, Author
  • Dr. Adam Waytz, Psychologist, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
  • Dr. Dalton Kehoe, President, Communicate for Life, Ltd. and Senior Scholar of Communication Studies, York University
  • Jan Hills, Partner, Head Heart + Brain Consultancy
  • Nazanin Dormani, PhD in Organizational Psychology
  • Parth Khanna, CEO, Action Pack Media Inc.
  • Scott Bohannon, CEO, AchieveForum
  • John Roberts, Founder and Principal Managing Director, Philomathia Group
  • Lisa Dodge, Director, Global Performance Programs, Microsoft Corporation