Creative Problem Solving, Forgiveness and Our Brains
Posted by Plish on February 19, 2010
In my recent reading I stumbled across a reference to the fact that forgiveness occurs in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) of our brains.
Why does that matter?
It turns out that, “emotional self-control, focused problem solving, error recognition, and adaptive response to changing conditions, are juxtaposed with the emotions” in the ACC. It’s the place where empathy seems to reside.
So, since there is only limited bandwidth in the brain to deal with issues, emotional “baggage” tied up with lack of forgiveness in our brains, as well as our emotional control of that baggage, eat up bandwidth that could be used for solving problems and empathic response (which helps realize creative solutions).
This whole area is still very much in its infancy, and only future research will confirm whether the hypothesized relationships exist, but I don’t think it would hurt if we went into our designing endeavors free of emotional burdens.
What do you think?