Brainshaping: Is Your Office Changing Your Brain?
Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Technology and communication changes have altered not just our workflow, but also our workspaces. Physically, the long-term damages of “Crackberries” and iPhone-caused hand injuries are obvious. But what we can’t see is how our actual brains are being rewired by a combination of office structures (open-plan offices, “hoteling”) and the demands of being “on” 24/7. At the very least, research shows that open offices hurt your ability to remember. Are there long-reaching problems? And what can we do about it? BBC.com Capital contributor Bryan Borzykowski asks an expert and explores solutions to modern work space dilemmas.
I'm a Toronto-based business editor and writer focusing on investing, small business, technology and workplace-related topics. I regularly contribute to BBC Capital, but I also write for CNBC, the ...Show the rest
I'm a Toronto-based business editor and writer focusing on investing, small business, technology and workplace-related topics. I regularly contribute to BBC Capital, but I also write for CNBC, the New York Times, Canadian Business magazine and the Globe and Mail. I've also edited magazines for KPMG and Investors Group, I've co-authored three personal finance books and I regularly appear on Canada's CTV network. And, a long time ago, I was a music journalist, with a weekly column in Canada's largest newspaper.Hide the rest
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Education and Positions I received my B.S. from Michigan State University in 1999, Ph.D. from New York University in 2006, and joined the faculty at University of Chicago in 2006 before arriving at...Show the rest
Education and Positions I received my B.S. from Michigan State University in 1999, Ph.D. from New York University in 2006, and joined the faculty at University of Chicago in 2006 before arriving at UT in 2008. Program of Research Broadly speaking, my program of research has one major objective: to understand the role that basic cognitive processes play in promoting social harmony. Specifically, most of my research explores how situational factors that shift individuals’ thinking to a lower (more concrete) or higher (more abstract) level can have important consequences in the domains of 1) social conflict, 2) social judgments, and 3) prosocial behavior. My work employs a combination of laboratory and field designs, both of which emphasize experimental procedures that allow for causal interpretation of data. A second, defining feature of my research is that most of it seeks to have an immediate, practical impact on society, while staying grounded in a strong theoretical foundation. Indeed, I subscribe wholeheartedly to Kurt Lewin’s suggestion that “There is nothing so practical as a good theory”. Much of my research draws on social-cognitive theory, which posits that individuals can think about or construe objects and events at different levels of abstraction. Throughout my career, my research has explored how individuals’ construal level can change when they mentally go beyond the “here and now” to form judgments and regulate their behaviors. Below I offer three representative publications from my three main lines of research.Hide the rest