We will show in several blog articles how Strategic Play® is connected it to main principles of neuroscience. For deeper information please follow David Rock on Twitter or read his book “Your brain at work”! We also recommend to watch David Rock’s Google TechTalk.
The background: The prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision-making and problem solving. Unfortunately, this part of the brain has limited resources for this kind of activity. Every time we have to work on an idea consciously, we use up this limited resource. In order to use our resources efficiently we need to adapt our way of problem solving.
Which means: Minimize energy usage to maximize performance!
How do we do that?
First of all, it is easier to concentrate if we get the things out of our head and onto the table. With 3D modeling and hands-on prototyping of systems with LEGO we succeed in having a unique result that creates both:
- An abstract overview of different models as a whole system;
- The most relevant information in detail within the models.
During this process you use you brain to INTERACT with information rather than trying to STORE it. The process allows your brain to decide which issue has the highest priority so that you can concentrate on the most relevant tasks first.
Some reasons why StrategicPlay® helps us during this activity:
- Pictures, metaphors or storytelling activate the visual cortex in the back of the brain.
- The brain has become very early accustomed to creating mental images, visualizing objects and people interacting. So people solve problems faster when it’s explained in terms of people interacting.
- Visuals are more information-efficient than words. At one glance you hold the image of people and objects and all their information. With systems built of LEGO bricks you can see in 3D the complex relationships of the objects, their characteristics, sizes, height, shapes and their relative position.
Objects become artifacts that hold information. This is why images and models allow us to think so much better than when we try to use disembodied conceptual ideas.
The next part of our blog series will cover “Simplified Complexity”!