Can science prove the benefits of a 4-day week?
Does science and creativity ever truly work in harmony?
And do we take our brains for granted?
In this week’s 5 Big Questions interview we talk to neuroscientist and biological psychologist, DR CHARLOTTE RAE
- Lecturer in Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience - University of Sussex (UK)
- Chair, Sustainability & Environmental Action Group - Organisation for Human Brain Mapping
- Former Research Fellow - Brighton & Sussex Medical School
The Big 5 Questions:
- How do you measure the impact of what you do?
- How should people/businesses be preparing for the future?
- How do we build the workforce we need for that future?
- How do you use creativity to solve problems?
- How do you collaborate?
“Measuring impact is a challenge. In my field we build up a picture of how the brain works quite gradually, experiment by experiment.”
"It’s not a one-dimensional output that businesses are looking for, when we consider alternative ways of working.”
“The four day working week has these potential difference flavours and different benefits, for different scenarios. It’s very flexible in its implementation.”
“Fundamentally, all human behaviour is generated by that one kilo or so of material inside your skull.”
“The human brain is exquisitely placed to adapt and change our behaviour for new situations. That’s how we’ve become the dominant primate on Planet Earth.”
“Our brain needs to be operating in what I would call a ‘goldilocks zone’, a happy biological state where things are in balanced. The brain is a human organ, it’s a piece of our physiology, it’s not a machine.”
- University of Sussex profile // profiles.sussex.ac.uk/p220408-charlotte-rae
- Four day working week — Iceland study (BBC news) // www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57724779
Andrew Barnes // 4DayWeek.com
Andrew Barnes’ TEDxAuckland talk // tedxauckland.com/people/andrew-barnes/
- Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce blog post on the Sussex 4 day week study // brightonchamber.co.uk/blog/benefits-of-a-4-day-week
University of Sussex School of Psychology // sussex.ac.uk/schools/psychology/
Neuroscience (Wikipedia) // wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroscience
The ‘Goldilocks Zone’ (in space science, Wikipedia) // wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumstellar_habitable_zone
MRI scanning (Wikipedia) // wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_resonance_imaging
This episode was recorded in January 2022
Interviewer: Richard Freeman for always possible
Editor: CJ Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts