Helena Boschi

World Renowned Applied Neuroscience Psychologist

Helena Boschi
  • Psychologist who focuses on applied neuroscience in the workplace
  • Works closely with businesses to design new initiatives for organisational behaviour, leadership and team development, intercultural communication, and organisational change
  • Combines scientific research with concrete examples and illustrative stories to provide practical ideas and tips to help us lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.

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Dr. Helena Boschi is a psychologist who focuses on applied neuroscience in the work place. Her particular areas of interest include the brain and behaviour, our emotional and rational neural networks, and how to improve our cognitive abilities in order to get the best out of our own and others’ brainpower. Helena has also researched the influence of cognitive biases and corporate psychopathy across different organisations. Recently, she investigated the impact of chronic, work-induced stress on brain function and published a book called Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Our Brain to Get the Best Out of Ourselves and Others.

Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Helena has spent the last 25 years working closely with businesses to define and design new initiatives, particularly in the areas of organisational behaviour, leadership and team development, intercultural communication, and organisational change. Helena has held senior talent management and organisation development positions within international companies and now works predominantly in the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and finance industries. She has delivered and coordinated tailored development in different countries in line with the requisite capabilities and business requirements and created a reliable process for building a talent pipeline. Helena believes in creating an energised and participative learning environment whilst at the same time treating people with sensitivity and respect. Helena has lived and worked in Switzerland and the US and now works extensively across the Middle East, Europe, US, Africa, and Asia. She works at all levels within organisations and also coaches senior executives.

With a deep commitment to ongoing research in current organisational and psychological trends, Helena possesses keen insight into the best practices in learning, communication, and leadership. A member of the British Psychological Society, she brings a scientific edge to the work she delivers and continues to apply the latest developments in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and behaviour to the organisational context.

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The Biased Brain

  • How the brain ‘sees’, remembers , makes decisions – and filters and interprets new incoming sensory information
  • Why the brain uses biases as part of its immune system
  • Typical biases in the business world (confirmation bias, loss aversion, availability heuristic, probability-outcome bias, ingroup- outgroup bias, authority bias)
  • The use of anchoring to influence buying decisions
  • The power of framing to influence behaviour and choice architecture
  • The scourge of our negativity bias and how to override it

The Neuroscience of Change

  • The brain and what it is design to do
  • Managing change through uncertainty
  • The danger of expertise and why it is difficult to override or challenge
  • The tyranny of natural inertia
  • How emotions interfere with our decision to act

The Psychology of Language

  • Why the brain likes to be in control
  • How language constructs our reality
  • The placebo and nocebo effect of words
  • Words and the pain matrix – what NOT to say
  • Language that turns the brain on
  • The importance of context and positioning
  • How to persuade and influence with language

The Neuroscience of Leadership and Teams

  • The brain region of good leadership
  • Basic brain imperatives that leaders must meet in their people
  • The need for psychological safety and fairness
  • Why perfection does not motivate (and the role of vulnerability)
  • The dark side of empathy and how to show compassion
  • How to build trust, improve performance and change behaviour
  • How to keep people motivated and lead from a distance

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