Paul J. Zak

Paul J. Zak

Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea. All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork.

Recent posts by Paul J. Zak

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Getting Schooled: How Immersion Works in the Classroom

By Paul J. Zak on Feb 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

At Immersion, we are "on the ground" technologists.  By that I mean we have partners not clients.  When our partners find new applications for our technology we ask to observe what they are doing to see if we can suggest improvements.  This is just what we did when a partner brought Immersion into K-12 classrooms.

Topics: Training
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Going Forward By Starting Backwards

By Paul J. Zak on Jan 13, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The American Psychological Association christened the 2000s "The Decade of Behavior."  They even invited me to give a keynote address on behavioral neuroscience at their national convention.  The result?  Research by prominent psychologists has shown that fewer studies that seek to explain and predict behavior are being published.  What psychologists have focused on, because it is faster to research and publish, are studies of introspection, feelings, intentions, and other self-reported data that copious research shows are only weakly related to actual behaviors.

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Psychological Safety & Measuring Readiness

By Paul J. Zak on Jan 9, 2020 4:49:55 PM

Are you ready?

Topics: Training
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If Content Is King, Why Do Most Shows Play The Fool?

By Paul J. Zak on Dec 12, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Content is king. 

Topics: Entertainment
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How Do You Prove The ROI of Corporate Training?

By Paul J. Zak on Dec 9, 2019 5:30:00 AM

Great trainers are artists.  You may have seen a few of these: everything they present comes alive and tattoos itself onto your brain.  The experience is extraordinary.

Topics: Training
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Four Ways to Shorten the OODA Loop in Training

By Paul J. Zak on Dec 3, 2019 3:16:33 PM

"Do you mind getting beat up a bit?" 

Topics: Training