I continue to be fascinated with the research emerging from the new field of social neuroscience. This involves a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the interaction between the hard wiring of our brains and our social behaviours.
For too long biological and social explanations of behaviour have been seen as incompatible. Instead we should be seeking to combine insights from science, social science and philosophy into an integrated understanding of human behaviour and development. I hope this emerges as a big theme for the RSA lecture and research programme over the coming year.
With the post-Christmas resolutions looming, when we try to address the worst of our seasonal over-indulgences, the question remains: how can we give up bad habits for good?
As knowledge work becomes more prevalent the influences on our work and wellbeing are poorly understood. Yet the rising levels of stress in the workplace suggest that we need actions to help us retain our wellbeing under pressure. What is the benefit of taking breaks on our wellbeing, and does the nature of the break make a difference?