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Bored Out of Your Mind at Work?


Dan Cable




Bored out of your mind at work? Your brain is trying to tell you something.


Well, about two years ago, I stumbled on a piece of neuroscience that just stunned me. As a psychologist, I wish somebody had told me more about this. But what I learned is that there appears to be a part of our brain called the ventral striatum. That's the technical term. Or you also could call it the seeking system.

And this system is urging us to explore the boundaries of what we know. It's urging us to be curious. And by the way, I mean innately, I mean, children six months old, three months old. If you give them some toy, they love it for a little while, as they get used to it, your car keys become more interesting. It's the new. And it's the desire to learn. And evolutionarily, this system was developed to help us to keep us learning.

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