Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis

Sandrine Thuret [ King’s College London ] Can we, as adults, grow new neurons? There’s still some confusion about that question, as this is a fairly new field of research. For example, I was talking to one of my colleagues, Robert, who is an oncologist, and he was telling me, “Sandrine, this is puzzling. Some of my patients that have been told they

Good Sleep Keys

Good Sleep Keys

Matt Walker [ UC Berkeley ] I’m here to tell you about sleep — both the good things that happen when you get it and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t. But let me start with a disclaimer: It’s safe to say that, when most speakers look to their audience and see people who are falling asleep, nodding off soundly,

Embracing Challenge

Embracing Challenge

Carol Dweck [ Google Talk ] In the 1990s the self esteem movement took over the world. We were told to tell everyone how fabulous, brilliant, talented, special they were all the time. This was going to motivate them and boost their achievement. Instead, as you said, it was a complete disaster. It led to the acceptance of mediocrity. It didn’t challenge people

Sleep Engineering

Sleep Engineering

Penny Lewis [ TEDx Grand Rapids] How To Improve Your Life by Manipulating Your Sleep. For a sleep scientist, I actually don’t sleep very well. Any little chink of light in the room and I’m awake all night. My eye mask is just as important to me as my laptop. I take sleep very seriously and I’m hoping this talk will make some

Deep Reading

Deep Reading

It doesn’t come as news that we’re living in an age where technology is producing profound changes in the ways we live and communicate, remember and socialise. One of the world’s most ground-breaking and thought-provoking writers on technology and its impacts, Nicholas Carr, talks to Gideon Haigh. The celebrated journalist and author of The Shallows presents his arguments about how the internet’s pervasive

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Ellen Bialystok [ University of Reading ] I’m going to be talking about my research that shows how a very ordinary experience — bilingualism — has the ability to change and improve cognitive function across the lifespan and even delay symptoms of dementia in older age. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. It’s tremendous to be here and I want to