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Constructive Nature

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"The brain detects, constructs, and elaborates patterns as a basic built-in, natural function. It does not have to be taught or motivated to do so, any more than the heart needs to be instructed or coaxed to pump blood" ~Hart (1983, p. 60). Genius •How did you master the
complexities of verbal language
between birth and age five? The Power of Patterns The Constructive Nature of Intelligence Womb experiences many sounds neural predisposition
for pattern recognition Every human brain possesses the ability to detect and organize patterns
to be used in their advantage (behavior) Development of language involve discerning patterns between
sounds, semantics and syntax from different sound sources Patterns develop meaning from internal
and external sources of information Pattern Making

...from prior knowledge Sensory

first there is stimulation by the environment; this stimulation is received by the senses Social

...social interaction is the primary source of a rich environmental experience that facilitates remembering Emotional

...Emotions influence the construction of meaning (arousal of attention and motivation) Refined

...what is constructed and remembered is reconstructed and refined as new information comes in A Double Mind

...new patterns at times do not agree with old patterns which often leads to a disregard of the new patterns The CONSTRUCTIVE NATURE of intelligence is... 1. Knowledge is power – power to survive 2. Patterns that you have in your brain are constructions amassed during your entire life 3. How did the brain come to possess this capacity to establish patterns? Mobility is a defining property of human experiences and the central reason for having a brain (Sylwester, 2000) Difference between immobile and mobile organisms = Plants vs. animals vs. humans. Mobile organisms require options and options require making decisions. Making decisions require (good) information There is dramatic increase in neural activity in those children who begin to crawl –Things unknown become known when connected to things known (prior knowledge) –Integration of information is the business of the entire brain –So the physiological, social, emotional, reflective and dispositional dimensions of intelligence contribute to the constructive dimension of intelligence Subcontractors Constructed Knowledge 1. Using senses to make sense (every part of the brain)...the more sensory information, the better for meaning Physiological Construction 2. Different sites have different preferences:

Amygdale = emotions
Cerebellum = procedural & automatic exercises
Hippocampus = indexes related to words, facts and phrases
Frontal cortex = assessment of information
3. Neurons firing together establish alliances that acknowledge useful information and over time form paths 4. Memorable patterns are made of information that is attended, processed and practiced Emotional Construction 1. decide what gets attention 2. Influence the organization, storage, & retrieval of information Reflective Construction 1. Envisions the merits and potential of patterns 2. weighs new information with prior knowledge 3. Forms hypothesis, makes predictions, conducts experiments and formulates theories Dispositional Construction 1. born of both genetic programming and environmental experiences. 2. determines the investment to be made in knowledge construction as well as the likely return to be realized for such investment 3. Humans have the power to shape dispositions A Double Bind Familiarity to patterns The Problem require new understanding and original responses Must be managed through reflective and dispositional work. Implications The End References

Dickmann, M. H. & Standford-Blair, N. (2009). Mindful leadership: A brain-based framework. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Dickmann, M. H., Rosati-Bojar, A., & Stanford-Blain, N. (2004). Leading with the brain in mind: 101 brain-compatible practices for leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
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