Is There A Seat Of Wisdom In The Brain? - Science DailyIn order to determine if specific brain circuits and pathways might be responsible for wisdom, the researchers examined existing articles, publications and other documents for six attributes most commonly included in the definition of wisdom, and for the brain circuitry associated with those attributes.
Also see Scientific American: Jeste and Meeks concede that some might call their conclusions reductionistic because they based their "map" not on the idea that wisdom is a single trait, but a collection of attributes. But Jeste said that similarities between how wisdom was portrayed thousands of years ago in the Bhagavad Gita (a Hindu scripture) and in the West today - as well as the tale of Phineas Gage, a railway worker whose allegedly wise attributes such as amiability and good judgment were said to vanish after a spike penetrated his left frontal lobe - "makes you think it's not a cultural phenomenon but biologically consistent."
Learning in a Down Economy - ASTDOrganizational leaders realize that increased pressure from the economy can actually create a need for learning. The processes and focus of corporate learning may change as leaders navigate through difficult conditions, but if the specific goals for learning programs are in place and the drivers for reorganization or adjustment of content are clear, organizations can still rely heavily on learning.
"Emphasizing leadership development" ranked the highest, with 54 percent reporting an increased focus to a high or very high extent as a result of the economic downturn. Comparatively, just 37 percent anticipated seeing "greater focus on such soft skills as listening and ability to motivate." Roughly a third of respondents predicted a "greater learning emphasis on training technology in software and online use," and another third pointed to a "greater emphasis on customer service training."