Day: April 20, 2020

Volume 16 – New Ways of LOOKING
”What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. …
Though we may all look at the same things,
it does not all follow that we should see them.”
— John Lubbock

Make the Invisible Visible

Cinematographer and friend of The Experience Lab, Louie Schwartzberg, has an uncanny way of shining light on what otherwise would be ignored or unseen. In this video from STIR showcases his use of stunning time-lapse photography, as well as high-speed and nano-photography, to capture the movements in nature that are too small, slow, or fast for our eyes to process with normal vision. “I love to use film to take us on a journey through the portals of time and space, to make the invisible visible… Who knows what waits to be seen, and what wonders will transform our lives?”

What details in our organizations might we be missing with our naked eye? What tools might we use to Notice on a more detailed level where we have opportunities to grow, or where unexpected beauty exists?

The Future in Sight

Apps allow us to control our homes. Our music. Our communications. Our social life. Why not our vision too? Enter the Smart Glasses

that can automatically adjust their focus with the press of a button. These liquid-filled beauties are controlled by a mobile app that only needs updated prescription information to remain accurate for the user.

“The major advantage of these smart eyeglasses is that once a person puts them on, the objects in front of the person always show clear, no matter at what distance the object is,” says Carlos Mastrangelo, the electrical and computer engineering professor LEADING the research along with doctoral student Nazmul Hasan.

This is good news for our ability to Notice because Noticing, of course, requires seeing things clearly. By the age of 45 most of us will need glasses for reading, and those who do wear glasses will be changing prescriptions on a nearly annual basis. That’s a lot of time and money to ensure that we can see clearly. With these new smart glasses, we’ll never have to replace a prescription again, and we’ll be able to shift perspectives however we choose. These clunky spectacles may LOOK a little odd now, yet don’t fear; the team is still working on streamlining the design. The future is bright!

Why You Gotta Be So Rude?

Researchers have Noticed that rudeness does more than affect doctors’ moods – it actually impacts performance. This New York Times piece examines the research and highlights that, although many health care professionals may feel immune to rudeness, it does in fact change how they behave and perform. Rudeness creates a negative environment, and it’s important to Notice the energy around us and where various influences come from. To help prevent the negativity, we can look carefully for potential sparks for those behaviors. What sets people off? How is stress playing a role? What pressures can we help alleviate? Rudeness affects our spirit, morale, and behaviors. We need to Notice it before it gets in the way of health and in the way of healing.

What might upset parents or patients in our hospitals? What about our nurses and doctors? In what ways might we help maintain a positive environment by eliminating negative cues?

See the World Differently? It Could Be in Your Genes.

Is your brain missing the art appreciation chip? It could be your genes. In this fascinating New York Times Magazine piece, the author explores a recent study in the Journal of Personality and highlighted in New Scientist that demonstrates how artists and creative people really do see the world differently.

In the study, volunteers took a personality test measuring their levels of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to Experience, as well as a vision test called the “binoculary rivalry” in which each eye takes in a different color and/or image. While most participants reported seeing one color at a time, others saw something else–the two dots merged together into a single, two-colored image. This handful of people also tested very highly on the “openness to new Experience” trait which is closely linked to creativity. The researchers argued that “openness is linked to differences in low-level visual perceptual Experience.” Lead author and psychologist Anna Antinori wrote, “Their brains are able to flexibly engage with less conventional solutions … We believe this is the first empirical evidence that they have different visual Experiences to the average individual.” We may in fact be hard-wired to Notice things differently.

As the conductor in your organization, how can you utilize your team members’ ability to see the world differently?