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Think before you blink: Using mindful reflection to slow down and think deeply


Larrie Greenberg Lectureship | Think Before You Blink, Using Mindful Reflection to Slow Down and Think Deeply

Experts use pattern recognition and heuristics to help in the decision-making process. They are often efficient and effective; however, can be inherently biased. The reflective process is a way for us to become more aware of the unconscious emotions, sensations, values, biases, assumptions that shape how we see patterns or use heuristics in making decisions. While our blink response is often correct, when it goes wrong, it can go very wrong! To prevent us from diverging on a single, potentially erroneous, view of a clinical problem too quickly we will discuss the value of thinking after we blink. Most importantly, given the pace of the clinical environment, we will explore the concept of mindful reflection to help us recognize when we need to slow down and think. Finally, we will discuss a framework for reflection that, with practice, can shape your own mindful reflection. The framework will be examined in greater detail in the workshop following the lecture.

About the Speaker
Margaret Plack, PT, DPT, Ed.D.
Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Health, Human Function and Rehabilitation Sciences
The George Washington University

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