Edinburgh: How To Be A Communication Chameleon - The Neuroscience Of Social Communication To Enhance Conversations
Psycho-social research has shown that people with good brain central coherence and communication congruency perform better at work, are more likeable socially, get their own way more often, and can spot people who may not be telling the whole truth!
Communicating effectively to get the outcome you want in an interaction is easy if you are prepared to change the colour of your own communication to match another’s.
Chameleons change colour primarily to show allegiance with other chameleons to get on socially.
We can colour our own communication to show bonding by holding back on our regular communication style, while observing the subtleties of others’ communication nuances, and shifting our own behaviours to covertly collude with theirs.
Individuals who have interpersonal success have highly functioning central coherence abilities in the social centres of their brains and this enables them to display good communication congruence.
By understanding what happens in the non-verbal parts of the brain when interacting you can engage the strategies of communication accommodation and emotional contagion to improve communication congruency skills.
17:30 Drinks on arrival
Claire MacLaine, Therapy Lead and Speech and Language Therapist in Neuro-rehabilitation
Specialising in traumatic brain injury and social skills impairments, Claire was studying a Masters on brain injured people’s inability to interpret social inference through non-verbal communication. With a background in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, training and presenting, and improvised comedy she also runs New Narratives workshops on therapeutic storytelling for coping with life changes after illness, and Improv Surgery games workshops to coach groups to improve their individual communication confidence and interpersonal communication skills.