Lately the question to stand or sit at a desk has been a hot topic in research. Conclusively, consumers hear it’s better to stand than to sit or that sitting is bad for you.

Before identifying whether its good for you to sit or stand first unravel research bias.

In the Brain Science Podcast 97 on Nueroanthropology, Dr. Downey (neuroscience) and Dr. Lende (anthropology) explained that they met while debating points over their cubicle. Ten years later and over hundreds of miles between one another they instinctively began to contact one another. The gesture was to compare points in order to glean off from one another’s expertise.

Research may be where it becomes skewed says Dr. Downey:

There’s a whole emergence, for example, of cultural neuroscience; of research teams, that often times work across different countries, that run similar experiments and find out that the brain is not totally different, but it actually functions in slightly different ways, given different cultural backgrounds. So, if you run the same sort of brain imaging test with a Japanese population and with a population from Denmark, sometimes you don’t get the same results.

Anthropologists use the word ‘culture’ to identify what people share. In science ‘culture’ are concepts used to mark differences (e.g. gender roles). Dr. Downey suggested this:

Treat culture as skill acquisition, not information.

Skill acquisition is a useful model because its research from various things like juggling, and playing a musical instrument, to learning to drive taxis, or how to identify the sex of chickens helps us gain knowledge. The act of acquiring skills effects our neurophysiology and our brain functioning in measurable ways.

Understand how the skill is used first.

“The full unfolding of that phenomenon when it happens.”  

This is how we coach performance. First, observation and questioning acquires what is unique. The skill acquisition of the individual leads successful facilitation of health resources specific to them.

Questions to Ask:
  1. Is it better to stand or sit for this task?
  2. Why is the context of this task effecting the results of my role?
  3. What are three things to consideration before choosing to sit or stand?

Schedule an assessment to get to the productive health resources of these questions.

“Over developmental time, what you do and what you think starts to affect how your brain works. And that’s really important,” says Doctor Downey. We couldn’t agree more!