The Science behind PRISM

PRISM is the world’s most comprehensive neuroscience-based behavior mapping instrument. Neuroscience – that is the understanding of the brain - is playing an increasingly important role in the business world. The theory that drives the effectiveness of PRISM Career Explorer is simple: people who enjoy their jobs are normally more responsive to their work situations, perform better, and possess the drive and motivation to succeed.

It is counterproductive for a person to perform a role that does not match his or her behavioral preferences because, not only does the individual’s level of enjoyment and job satisfaction decrease, but so does job performance. PRISM is different to many profiling tools in two ways. Firstly, it is a behavior-based profile whereas many profiling tools are personality-based. The difficulty with using a personality-based profile as a decision making tool is that our personality forms less than 10% of the variance in a person’s behavior. It’s what you do that determines your performance and not what you are.

Secondly, PRISM provides a broader and deeper set of insights than many profiling tools. For example, it is based on the profiling of eight separate behavior dimensions whereas most behavior tools are actually four dimensional. The eight dimensions enables a greater degree of accuracy and a richer amount of feedback to the user.

Therefore for any profiling instrument to be of value it should be based on behavior. The role of PRISM Career Explorer is to explain behavior in terms of the activities of the brain. How the brain marshals its billions of individual nerve cells to produce behavior, and how these cells are influenced by their environment.

PRISM Career Exploreer is therefore scientifically driven and not an instrument based on psychological theory. Neuroscience shows that every person has several, frequently even conflicting, behavior preferences rather than one single unchanging personality. This is what makes PRISM Career Explorer different from other instruments - and a much more realistic way of predicting actions, reactions and the potential for success in certain situations, environments or jobs. All people adapt their behavior to meet the needs of specific situations and display entirely different behaviors depending on the circumstance: sometimes talkative and sometimes withdrawn, sometimes caring and sometimes aggressive, sometimes relaxed and sometimes anxious.

PRISM Career Explorer: 30 minutes of time, a lifetime of learning

The relevance, usefulness and application of PRISM Career Explorer is long-term.

It's not just an investment for now, it is an investment for the future.

Unlike many psychometric instruments, PRISM is not based on a theory developed by any one person. It represents a simple, yet comprehensive, synthesis of research by some of the world’s leading neuroscientists into how the human brain works, and why people, who have similar backgrounds, intelligence, experience, skills, and knowledge, behave in very different ways.

The instrument's simple graphical representation of the human brain serves to help the user to easily understand and relate to their feedback and report.

The remarkable complexity of the brain has shown that human beings cannot credibly be divided up into a fixed number of types or groups of people who are unable to act outside of their preferences.

PRISM does not, therefore, label people or fit them into ‘boxes’, nor does it have ‘scores’, or right or wrong answers. Instead, it provides users with a powerful, graphic explanation for why they approach situations and individuals in different ways. Each PRISM ‘map’ is, therefore, a picture of the user as a unique individual.

The brain is the source of all human behavior. It stores our memories, enables us to feel emotions, gives us our personalities and produces the behaviors that enable us to survive and achieve success - in short, it makes us who we are.

Although genes set boundaries for human behavior, within these boundaries there is immense room for individual variation. Now, thanks to great advances in brain imaging technology, scientists can watch the brain at work in great detail and are uncovering many of its secrets.

For all of us, that discovery is really good news. The adult brain can and does, adapt, develop and change even into old age.

This means that education, learning and development take on a whole new level of importance. Neuroscience has also shown us that people tend to be most motivated and successful when they use and are rewarded for using their own natural, preferred behavior.

This highlights the importance of matching people with the right jobs - doing the things they enjoy and do best.

In simple terms, the better the fit between the person and the job, the better the performance.


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