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Jul 26, 2022

People are more satisfied by explanations that contain neuroscientific jargon and images. Why? Because dopamine fires up the hippocampus, and that’s a fact! (Warning: It’s not.) 

This week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Owen and Ross G are separating fact from fiction as we discuss neuroscience with Amy Brann, author of Make Your Brain Work. 

We discuss: 

  • The meaning of neuroscience (as a discipline vs in popular media) 
  • The relevance of neuroscience for HR and L&D 
  • Practical insights from neuroscience. 

During the discussion, Owen referenced two papers: 

Weisberg, D. S., Keil, F. C., Goodstein, J., Rawson, E., & Gray, J. R. (2008). The seductive allure of neuroscience explanations. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 20(3), 470-477. Online at: 

Farah, M. J., & Hook, C. J. (2013). The seductive allure of “seductive allure”. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8(1), 88-90. Online at:  

In ‘What I Learned This Week’, Owen discussed Wordle (, Heardle ( and Framed (  

Ross discussed the Freakonomics series ‘What Can Blockchain Do for You?’:  

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