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Making WISE Decisions: Applying Neuroscience to Leadership

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Novelis HQ, Two Alliance Center, Suite 2000, 3560 Lenox Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326


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Recent advances in neuroscience have generated valuable insight into leadership. Specifically, organizational neuroscience seeks to understand and incorporate the neural mechanisms underlying our thoughts and actions into organizational theory. Neuroeconomics is the field that builds on behavioral economics and cognitive neuroscience to focus on brain mechanisms of decision making. This seminar will introduce the neural mechanisms of fundamental constructs in leadership, including power, motivation, vision, trust, charisma, personality traits, emotions, and decision making. Participants will explore and discuss how to apply the recent findings in the fields of organizational neuroscience and neuroeconomics to leadership practices and decision making in organizational settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe neural mechanisms of leadership constructs, including power, motivation, vision, trust, charisma, personality traits, emotions, and decision making.
  • Identify the leadership practices and decision-making approaches that are consistent with and work against the human brain mechanisms.
  • Apply neuroscience knowledge to create decision-making structures in organizations that improve both leaders’ decision making at individual level and collective decision making at team level.
  • Evaluate organizational policies that are counterproductive to neural mechanisms of make optimal decisions.

Intended Audience:

This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

    Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

    This workshop is approved by SIOP and APA to grant 3 CE credit hours (no partial credit is allowed). In order to obtain the CE credits, attendees must:

    • Sign in prior to the workshop and sign out afterwards.
    • Be present for the full 3-hour workshop period.
    • SIOP will email CE certificates 3-4 weeks after workshop.

    Note: These are SIOP/APA policies and no exceptions are allowed.


    Yinying Wang, Ed.D. is an assistant professor of educational leadership in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She earned her Ed.D. in urban educational leadership at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interest intersects technology, decision making, neuroscience, and social network analysis in educational leadership and policy. She is also an associate faculty member in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. She has published and presented her research on leaders’ decision making and neuroscience, including articles and presentations titled “Pulling at Your Heartstrings: Examining Four Leadership Approaches From the Neuroscience Perspective,” “Is Data-Driven Decision Making At Odds With Moral Decision Making,” “Do Emotions Cloud Leaders’ Decision Making?” and “Using Research On Neuroeconomics Games To Train School Leaders’ Decision Making.” She also teaches the graduate course of Psychological Aspects of Leadership at Georgia State University.

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