Psychological Safety: A dive into neuroscience and psychology

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Psychological Safety: A dive into neuroscience and psychology

In November, Mike Bowler presented on Psychological Safety: A dive into neuroscience and psychology.

Abstract

The term “psychological safety” was originally coined by Amy Edmondson to describe a behaviour that we can observe. But what does it mean to be psychologically safe? Why is this such a powerful and critical aspect to ourselves, and those around us?

When we dig a bit deeper, we find that psychological safety is deeply connected to our own survival mechanism. If we’re going to create a positive and safe environment, we’ll need to address it. And in order to do so, it’s helpful to understand what’s really going on in our brains.

In this session, we’ll look at what we know from neuroscience and psychology about psychological safety. We’ll discuss what we might be able to do in our environments, regardless of our job title or role, to make things better for ourselves, and for those we work with.