The Neurobehavioral Advantage
Our neurobehavioral approach leverages behavioral psychology and neuroscience to generate an analysis of what people do and why they do it. The world around us has evolved at a rapid pace, but our brains remain frighteningly similar to those of our primitive ancestors. Because we have been developmentally outpaced by our environment, ordinary events can trigger intense reactions in our brains. The shadow of an airplane passing overhead invokes dread, as if we are being hunted. Meeting new co-workers makes us anxious, as if they might be a threat to our safety. Because the brain is wired to respond in this way, it often hinders productivity in the workplace; however, if we can better understand how the brain operates, we can shift subtle factors that impact behavior in powerful ways. Below are several key principles of our neurobehavioral approach.
Cognition is State Dependent
The brain can be divided into four major areas based on its phases of evolution: brainstem, diencephalon, limbic system, and neocortex. These four main parts are interconnected and interact as a whole, but each mediates its own set of functions. Each area of the brain is associated with a certain mode of thinking, the cortex with the most abstract and the brainstem with the most primitive and automatic processes. The demands of our environment drive changes in brain states. When we are calm and focused, incoming information is handled in the more sophisticated regions of the brain where complex thinking, problem solving, and creativity occur.
Regulation and Stress Dictate Brain State
Our ability to regulate—to cope with and control our environment or participate in activities to manage stress—grants us access to the most powerful parts of our brains. Meanwhile, stress—including impending deadlines, self-doubt, and the threat of bodily harm—threatens to dysregulate our brains and drive us towards more primitive modes of processing. The most productive individuals are those who can regulate in a way that engages the most sophisticated and effective parts of the brain at the right times.
Kintla's Neurobehavioral Toolkit
To build individuals’ capabilities to control their stress and cognition, Kintla® helps people learn and use our TripleRC tools including: Recognition, Regulation, Reflection, Change℠. Through TripleRC℠, people learn to:
R: recognize their brain states
R: regulate themselves and others
R: reflect on their experiences and learning
C: implement sustainable strategies for change
The Neurobehavioral approach provides a whole-person perspective for Kintla's learning, coaching, and change programs and helps our clients develop the skills to foster ongoing reflection, learning, and self-reliance.