Of particular interest to me has been the information in the text about the relationship between workload and performance. It kind of reminds me of our understanding in education that the best problem solving for students comes from a "high challenge, low threat" environment. Too much challenge, and the balance is tipped such that the resultant increased threat causes the brain to downshift, and then the neocortex -- where all the good, rich problem solving occurs -- is no longer engaged. On the other hand... not enough challenge, and the the neocortex also does not fire, as it becomes -- like the brain of a pilot cruising a long haul -- BORED!
I am looking forward to a host of further connections in this one little chapter to the things I already know. Hey, I might even trick my GS buddies on Tuesday night into thinking I am actually smart, lol!
And.... here's hoping our instructor for this particular class finds the ultimate workload/performance balance as he plans his instruction for the evening, so that our learning on this topic is optimized!!!