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Maximizing Mental Agility (One-Day Professional Seminar)

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Austin, Texas 78712

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The course focuses on six areas of thinking that provide easy-to-learn strategies rooted in cognitive science that will help people to be more productive, efficient, creative, motivated, and satisfied in their working lives, and beyond.


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Maximizing Mental Agility is a one-day course, developed by Psychology Professor and HDO Director Dr. Art Markman. The course focuses on six areas of thinking that provide easy-to-learn strategies rooted in cognitive science that will help people to be more productive, efficient, creative, motivated, and satisfied in their working lives, and beyond.

The course highlights six facets of human thought that are simultaneously hidden and obvious. Most of us are unaware that these factors control the way that we think, and yet, when we are told about them, we recognize situations where they have affected our thinking. By making these characteristics explicit, we give people more insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their own thinking. We then provide specific techniques based on these insights that they can use to be more effective in the workplace and beyond.

These techniques are presented in a fast-paced, interactive format, that combines presented material with situational team-based learning modules, designed to transition the concepts into the students everyday thinking.

The six strategies participants will learn in this course are:

  • The Role of 3: Our thought and memory capacity is organized around 3 items at a time. How we can use this to our advantage
  • Autopilot and Creativity: How the mind tries NOT to think as much as possible, and how we can turn this knowledge to our advantage.
  • Making Connections: Our best thinking comes from understanding causes, but we often fail to do this. How can we turn this knowledge into more powerful thinking?
  • Using Analogy and Similarity: The mind is constantly re-using old ideas in new situations. How can we train ourselves to use this natural skill to be more creative?
  • Active Memory: Improving the quality of what we remember by actively managing the quality of what we learn.
  • Defining Your Goals: Most people fail to reach their goals because they fail to take a “productive pause” to think about how they will achieve them.


About the Faculty

Art Markman is the Annabel Irion Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the HDO program. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Illinois and worked at Northwestern University and Columbia University before coming to The University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Markman has written over 125 scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking including analogical reasoning, decision making, and motivation. He has extensive experience in executive education and consulting. Dr. Markman and several of his books, including Smart Thinking, Smart Change, and Brain Briefs (co-written with Dr. Bob Duke), have been featured on Dr. Phil and other programs.

Dr. Markman is also the co-host of Two Guys on Your Head, a weekly radio show and podcast produced by KUT.


Who Should Attend?

While all HDO Seminars are developed with wide-ranging applicability in mind, the following individuals and groups will likely find Maximizing Mental Agility most directly relevant to their work:

  • Senior/Executive Leadership
  • Middle Management
  • Team Leaders & Supervisors
  • Human Resources/Recruiting Directors & Managers
  • Creative Professionals
  • Project Managers


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Questions?

If you have questions prior to registering, please see our Professional Training FAQ or contact Lewis Miller, HDO's Marketing Coordinator, at lewismiller@utexas.edu / 512-232-8330.

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