The Power of Curiosity

Curiosity is one of those enduring human traits stemming from our prehistoric survival skills. Evolutionarily speaking, being inquisitive helped us understand our environment: Was that berry good for us? If so, were other berries of the same colour safe to eat as well? Biologically, curiosity gives us a boost: whenever we learn something new, brain circuits follow the reward path which emits dopamine, the feel-good … Continue reading The Power of Curiosity

The Knowledge Gap Theory and Why It Matters to You

As discussed in a previous blog, heuristics, or mental shortcuts, help us make sense of the world. These shortcuts help our brains muddle through information-processing problems like: Information overload Constructing meaning from mountains of information Making quick decisions How to know what needs to be remembered. The problem with many of these mental shortcuts is that they tend to leave “cognitive holes”, or gaps in … Continue reading The Knowledge Gap Theory and Why It Matters to You

3 Things you must do to effectively tell your Canadian ag story

‘Agvocating’, or having an online presence (blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), isn’t just about being present and simply telling your story to a consumer audience. To understand how to do all that effectively, you first need to go a layer deeper. You need to explore and understand how the human brain receives, processes, stores, and remembers information so you can tinker with how, when, and where … Continue reading 3 Things you must do to effectively tell your Canadian ag story