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Cognitive abilities: conviction

In the 1980s Harvard researcher Stanley Rachman conducted a research in a group of experienced bomb disposal operatives – those with ten years or more in the business and split them into two groups: those who had been decorated for their work, and those who hadn’t. Then he compared their heart rates in the field on jobs that demanded particularly high levels of concentration. Whereas the heart rates of all the operatives remained stable, something quite incredible happened with the ones who had been decorated. Their heart rates actually went down. As soon as they entered the danger zone they assumed a state of cold, meditative focus: a mezzanine level of consciousness in which they became one with the device they were working on. Follow up analysis probed deeper and revealed the cause of the disparity: confidence. The operatives who had been decorated scored higher on tests of core self belief than their non decorated colleagues. It was conviction that made them tick.

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