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Ripples on the Pond

Ripples on the Pond

The actions we take in our everyday lives can have profound impacts on the world around us. The choice is ours. What will you do with the time you have here on Earth? How will you use what you learn? What kind of legacy will you leave? How will you treat those who are just starting out? In this keynote, we’ll talk about the complexities of the human brain, the power of choice and knowledge, and how the tiniest actions can make the biggest ripples on the tech community pond.

Elizabeth Naramore

August 11, 2014

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  1. Negative experiences register and are stored in our long-term memory

    faster. http://www.rickhanson.net/your-wise-brain/how-your-brain-makes-you-easily-intimidated
  2. Negative experiences adversely affect our happiness by more than two

    times. http://hbr.org/2011/05/the-power-of-small-wins/ar/1
  3. There are 5 times more neural networks dedicated to negative

    affect than positive affect. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/sept11/vol69/num01/Respect%E2%80%94Where-Do-We-Start%C2%A2.aspx
  4. “The fundamental difference between creating and problem solving is simple.

    In problem solving we seek to make something we do not like go away. In creating, we seek to make what we truly care about exist.” - Peter Senge, Systems Scientist
  5. Overlapping portions of the brain are active for social rejection

    and physical pain. http://www.scn.ucla.edu/pdf/Lieberman%20&%20Eisenberger%20(2008)%20Neuroleadership.pdf http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v18/n11/full/mp201396a.html !
  6. There are negative chemical changes in the brain when we

    feel misunderstood. http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/14/scan.nst191.full?sid=41b7e2f1-9e94-41b2-9c14-e167d219ac76 !
  7. There are also negative chemical changes in the brain when

    we feel disrespected, slighted, and undervalued. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201309/getting-past-the-stress-feeling-slighted
  8. Curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that makes it

    harder for us to know what the other person doesn’t know. http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2009/08/18/the-curse-of-knowledge-mistaki-1/
  9. We also consistently falsely overestimate how many other people know

    the thing we know. https://dev5.law.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/child-page/370999/doc/slspublic/Naive%20Realism.pdf
  10. Anonymity and online communications increase the likelihood of jerk behavior.

  11. Online Disinhibition Effect 1. Dissociative Anonymity 2. Invisibility 3. Asynchronicity

    4. Solipsistic Interjection 5. Dissociative Imagination 6. Minimization of Authority
  12. Online Disinhibition Effect Negativity Bias Problem-oriented Focus Social Rejection Impostor

    Syndrome Rejection Sensitivity Curse of Knowledge Online Judgment
  13. FUD

  14. Fear causes heart damage, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, clinical depression, and

    more. http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/security/facing-fear/impact-fear
  15. We are less creative when we feel like we’re being

    evaluated. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10400419009534330#.U7FQ7pSwKTI
  16. Positive moods make for more creativity and better problem solving.

    http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/jocn.2009.21057#.U5YMn5SwKTI http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/11/3/221
  17. Positive moods enable us to more effectively conquer our fears

    than negative moods. http://www.researchgate.net/publication/232531217_Predicting_return_of_fear_following_exposure_therapy_with_an_implicit_measure_of_attitudes?ev=prf_pub http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/positive-attitude-phobias-exposure-therapy-negative_n_2783262.html
  18. We handle stress better and perform better under pressure with

    positive thoughts. http://www.academia.edu/1737994/Psychophysiology_of_survival_the_impact_of_psychological_strategies_on_the_physiological_responses_to_thermal_environments
  19. Self-doubt increases susceptibility to anxiety, depression, lower self- esteem and

    a need for approval from others. http://www.apa.org/monitor/may03/chronic.aspx
  20. New neural pathways can be created in 6 weeks by

    retraining your brain to think new thoughts. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201309/getting-past-the-stress-feeling-slighted
  21. Practice in mindfulness changes your grey matter. (the parts responsible

    for attention, emotion, learning, capacity for empathy, and stress reduction) http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~britta/SUN_July11_Baime.pdf
  22. Practice in mindfulness and self-affirmation decreases burnout and increases self-

    compassion. http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/1072-5245.12.2.164 http://self-compassion.org/UTserver/pubs/self-affirmationhelping.pdf
  23. Gratitude also affects parts of the brain responsible for positive

    thinking. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201211/the-grateful-brain
  24. Alerting users to rethink a decision to post malicious messages

    drastically reduces the desire to post. https://www.googlesciencefair.com/projects/en/2014/f4b320cc1cedf92035dab51903bdd95a846ae7de6869ac40c909525efe7c79db