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psychology | Jul 9th, 2019

Jamil Zaki Awarded PECASE: the Highest Honor Bestowed by the US Government to Scientists

Established in 1996, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) acknowledges outstanding contributions in STEM education and community service. This year, Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University Jamil Zaki received the prestigious award. Much of... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jul 4th, 2019

Learning to Care: Lavin Speaker Jamil Zaki Challenges Us to Exercise Kindness

Can human beings teach themselves to become kinder? According to science, all signs point to yes. Stanford psychologist and author of The War For Kindness Jamil Zaki has designed a week-long kindness challenge to push people outside of their comfort zones—and into connection with each other.... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jun 17th, 2019

How Perception Drives Adaptibility: Introducing New Lavin Speaker Beau Lotto

In order to thrive in a changing world, we must constantly adapt. Neuroscientist Beau Lotto helps us identify—and overcome—our evolutionary biases and step into the unknown. His talks feature the principles of perception as a catalyst for organizational change: sparking creativity, innovation, and... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jun 11th, 2019

Can We Unite Society Through Empathy? Jamil Zaki Explores for The Economist.

How can empathy counteract political discord and alienation? According to Jamil Zaki, the answer is building it into our  institutions and interactions. The Economist’s Open Future Initiative spoke with Zaki on how we can begin to heal our fractured society, starting with his new book The War for... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jun 4th, 2019

How Do We Build Empathy in a Fractured World? Learn From Jamil Zaki’s The War for Kindness—Out Today.

As a child stuck in the middle of his parent’s contentious divorce, Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki had his first lesson in empathy. “That two people’s experiences could differ so drastically, yet both be true and deep is maybe the most important lesson I’ve ever learned,” he writes in his new... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 14th, 2019

These Speakers—Behavioral Scientists, Grit Experts, and Psychologists—Help Audiences Stick to Their Goals

It’s a month into 2019, do you know where your New Year’s resolutions are? These speakers—behavioral scientists, grit experts, and psychologists—help audiences define and stick to their goals, both at work and at home.   Angela Duckworth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grit—her... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jan 8th, 2019

Lavin Speaker Lera Boroditsky Had the Most Popular TED Talk of 2018

Lavin speaker Lera Boroditsky had the most popular TED talk of 2018. Millions have watched her explain how language shapes the way we think. Watch it below. In her funny and fascinating breakdown of how language shapes the way we think, cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky draws on examples from... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jul 5th, 2018

Empathy is a Skill. New Speaker Jamil Zaki Can Teach You How to Practice It.

Jamil Zaki is Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, which aims to unpack, understand, and ultimately teach empathy: “empathetic practice becomes empathetic habits becomes empathetic people,” says Zaki in his acclaimed TED Talk. It’s a skill, he explains. We just have to start seeing it... Continue Reading →
psychology | May 4th, 2018

In His Brand New TED Talk, Steven Pinker Argues that the World is Getting Better. But, We Must Adjust Our Perception to See It.

“You can always fool yourself into seeing a decline if you compare bleeding headlines of the present with rose-tinted images of the past,” says speaker Steven Pinker in his just-released (and standing o-garnering) TED Talk. But, he goes on to ask, what does the trajectory of the world look like... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 22nd, 2018

“An intellectually exhilarating book.” Raves Pour In For Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now, His Masterpiece on Human Progress

Compelling speaker, bestselling author, and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker has already received the ultimate book review from Bill Gates: “It’s my new favorite book of all time.” Now, a week after the publication of Enlightenment Now—a masterfully argued and timely defense of reason,... Continue Reading →
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