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Chapter 10The Brains Behind Appreciative Intelligence

If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.

—Emerson M. Pugh1

Appreciative Intelligence is a mental ability that affects how the world is perceived and, in turn, deliberately thought about and acted upon. Although it’s difficult to demonstrate fully how our minds work and to determine whether a mental process is conscious or unconscious, whether it is innate or developed, or whether it is a characteristic, a mindset, an attitude, or a trait, researchers in the past decade have made strides in the areas of brain functioning and psychology. New diagnostic imaging techniques provide fresh insights about the links among the brain, attitudes, ...

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