Top Neuroscience Speakers: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain
The brain, in all its intricacy and glory, has resisted human investigation for years. Now, these top neuroscience speakers are breaking new ground when it comes to learning about our most complex organ—and the implications it has for our physical health, mental well-being, and cultivating a deeper understanding of self.
At the intersection of technology and ethics is Nita Farahany, a leading scholar calculating the benefits and risks of emerging tech powered by biological and neurological data. Her lucid neuroscience talks help companies maximize the social good—and minimize harm—of new technologies ranging from biometrics and cognitive enhancement to surveillance.
How does the brain accomplish spontaneous creativity? Do we have as much self-control as we think we do? What will the future look like when cognitive implants become the norm? These are the questions that cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin considers in her work. In talks, she reveals cutting-edge insights about the inner workings of our own brains, and how we can find cognitive solutions to social and professional challenges.
The brain, and in particular the nervous system, is a maddeningly complex system that remains largely mysterious and elusory to humans. In his engaging neuroscience talks, Neuroscientist and TED fellow Carl Schoonover reveals how the tools that have allowed us to look inside the brain work—and how they’ve provided us with radical new ways of seeing and interpreting it.
Director of Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab and author of The War for Kindness, Jamil Zaki is a leading voice on the benefits of empathy. While our collective empathy has been waning over the last few years, hope is not lost. Empathy is not a skill, Zaki argues, but a trait that can be strengthened through deliberate practice. A notable neuroscience speaker, Zaki shows us how we can revitalize our connections to each other, our communities, and the world at large.
As a psychologist, author, and science writer for The New Yorker, Maria Konnikova is fascinated by the reasoning behind our decisions—and how we can make better ones. From getting inside the mind of Sherlock Holmes, to being mentored by the best poker players in the world, Konnikova’s work is a brilliant blend of journalism and modern-day neuroscience that teaches us we can all benefit from a deeper understanding of logical choices.
“The key to creativity is to change your perceptions and assumptions of what’s possible,” says neuroscientist and entrepreneur Beau Lotto. He’s been studying the principles of perception for decades to understand why we see the way we do—and enable us to see differently. Always an entertaining neuroscience speaker—his TED talks have garnered millions of views—Lotto shows audiences how they can navigate the uncertainty of a changing world to grow, create, and innovate.
Visionary scientist Greg Gage is starting a neuro-revolution by bringing DIY labs to classrooms all over the world. As co-founder of Backyard Brains, Gage hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists by making neuroscience widely available for kids at a younger age. Taking neuroscience out of grad school and into the average classroom is the key to innovation in tech, medicine, and design.
It wasn’t until the age of 40 that John Elder Robison was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Today, his books—Switched On and Look Me in the Eye—are the most widely read accounts of living with autism in the world. Now a Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William and Mary, Robison focuses on improving the quality of life for people living with autism. As a neuroscience speaker, Robison draws on his personal history to elucidate an often-misunderstood experience.
Is creativity a highly personal, borderline cryptic mechanism of the human brain? David Eagleman doesn’t think so. Dubbed “the hottest thing in neuroscience” by TIME magazine, Eagleman largely concerns himself with how we can better understand human creativity. It’s not as obscure as we might think. As a neuroscience speaker, he teaches organizations how they can embrace risk, empower employees, and build truly creative companies—from the mind up.
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