Brain Skills

The brain skills level of functioning directly affects our entire lives. For example, an employee may excel in organizational skills but may be lacking in listening or following through. The exciting news is that any of the brain skills can be strengthened. This strengthening can create a phenomenal change in an employee’s ability to be successful in work and personal areas. Productivity can be directly affected as well.

To respond with the “right” answers we must comprehend the information required for the answers, remember what has been taught or said, and judge what information needs to be retrieved from our memory. Problem solving skills and creativity enable us to look from the big picture and bring new ideas to the table.

Note: The areas labeled do not actually represent the specific area of the brain involved.

Click on the differently coloured sections of the brain to learn more about the brain skills.

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What are Personal Components?

The second Breakthroughs assessment utilizes the four following areas to match you with several career choices.

Skills and Abilities - There are natural strengths that allow you to become highly skilled or to learn specialized processes more easily than most people your age and experience.

Vocational Interests - What am I interested in doing? Breakthroughs will rank and describe your interests in 21 broad career groups. In a chart format, it will list the components that make up your top ten interests in Activities, Occupations and Subjects. Some job areas seem to appeal naturally to us, while others don’t, and these natural desires are our vocational interests. Another consideration is what job level is best for you. This will affect the level of training and education needed.

Personality - How do I naturally respond? Breakthroughs will give you an analysis of the following factors:

  1. Personality factors-dominance, extroversion, compassion, conscientiousness, adventurousness and innovation.
  2. Typical strengths and weaknesses
  3. Career environments and implications
  4. Critical life issues

Priorities and Values - What do I value in my work and life? Breakthroughs will help you recognize your personal values and priorities in three areas:

  1. Work environment
  2. Work expectations
  3. Life values

Stated simply, leading a street gang and pioneering a new company would require a similar pattern-except for one key area: values.

What is Cognitive/Comprehension?

Comprehension is the ability to receive and process information. The comprehension score is a composite of ten different cognitive tests. Comprehension is critical for understanding and following routines, directions and written or verbal instructions. These skills are in high demand in many career fields.

Our comprehension affects our work environment, our need for structure or variety, our ability to work with details, the type of supervisor or supervision required, our management potential and leadership abilities.

Comprehension tests include:

  • Visual closure (eye tracking)
  • Visual conceptualization (organization)
  • Coping skills
  • Constancy of objects in space
  • Spatial conservation (ability to apply what is learned)
  • Comprehension of abstract relations
  • Comprehension of numerical progressions
  • Vocabulary concepts
  • Comprehension of verbal relations (cause and effects)
  • Comprehension of extended verbal information (listening skills)

Summary - The results of each of these comprehension tests have detailed career implications.

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What is Memory?

Memory is defined as the ability to commit information to storage for exact retrieval. Poor concentration and attending skills may affect memories. There are six tests on our memory assessment. One assessment scores awareness of details in the environment. Another is a measure of incidental, peripheral or short-term memory. A detailed oriented career would benefit with a high score in this kind of memory. Excellent long-term visual memories help a person remember what they’ve read or studied for several days. Efficient long-term auditory (hearing) memories help a person accurately recall what they heard. Underdeveloped auditory memories can lead to communication difficulties. Auditory memory can be affected if the auditory processing skills are in trouble. Therefore, these areas that affect the reception of information are important to check as well. Memories are used life long and affect all areas of our lives. One of Breakthrough’s original goals was to not compensate-but develop memories. We are excited to see so many people have life changing breakthroughs in these areas.

Memory tests include:

  • Short term memory
  • Visual memory for details
  • Auditory attending
  • Auditory sequencing
  • Inferential memory

Summary - Most careers demand one or more memory skill.

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What is Problem Solving?

These tests indicate how well one can use information or facts to achieve a defined outcome. These skills indicate weaknesses or strengths in the following areas:

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Application of arithmetic facts
  • Speed of word recognition
  • Form reasoning and logic

Summary - These abilities reflect general working skills and production abilities if someone is weak solving problems they will like jobs which are predictable, where work is well documented and completion objectives are known ahead of time.

If the problem solving ability scores are low, then no matter how high other scores may be, the person would probably not be academically oriented unless extremely motivated. Consequently they have a hard time in jobs that require abstract proficiencies or continuing education. Work skills are highly correlated with these convergent tests.

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What is Evaluation/Judgement?

It is the ability to make judgments, to plan efficiently, to make good decisions, and to have foresight. Executives, supervisors, foremen, and administrators need to score well in these abilities. They have responsibility to make good decisions. Sometimes people are promoted past their ability to function in this area. These skills can be developed at Breakthroughs.

Areas assessed include:

  • Visual discrimination (affects detailed data)
  • Judgment of similar/ matching concepts (organization and efficiency)
  • Judgment of arithmetic similarities
  • Judgment of correctness of numerical facts (business procedures)

Summary - Just as high scores work well in decision-making careers, overall low evaluation scores have been found in delinquents and prisoners. With intense evaluation training, recidivism can be lowered.

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What is Creativity?

The highest score of the three tests will indicate the creative area one can most successfully use in a work situation. These scores reflect specific mixes of creativity such as fluency and the ability to produce a variety of unique responses. Whereas problem-solving skills help a person ‘zero-in’ to determine answers, creativity skills enable a person to ‘expand out’ to new or unique possibilities.

Creativity tests:

  • Creativity with space and shapes (ideas)
  • Creativity with math facts
  • Creativity with words

Summary - When high creativity skills are balanced with high judgment skills a person often produces quality products. Their ideas are practical. They have learned to discipline their creative energy into productive action.  Many with high creativity scores would benefit themselves and their workplace by increasing their judgment skills at Breakthroughs.

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