Wherever the very latest neuroscience intersects with real-world challenges facing the workplace, classroom, homelife or healthcare, and our everyday lives, you’ll find energizing insights from brain scientist John Medina. His client-customized presentations, based on his own research and the findings of others share a common takeaway: How to optimize the performance of the performance of the human brain by improving practices, interactions and environments. Whether you’re looking to maximize productivity, enhance creativity and innovation, improve learning and engagement, design brain-healthy spaces, make better hiring choices, or understand teenage behavior, Dr. Medina unlocks solutions and explains the fascinating inner-workings of the human brain with his trademark humor and enthusiasm. Read More >
Nobody's Born Sexist Teaser Video
Brain Rule #1 - Exercise
Education & Parenting
How Making Friends, Nostalgia, and Loneliness Affects the Brain
As Close to Mind reading as Brain Science Gets
The Brain and Learning
Introduction to Brain Rules for Aging Well
Introduction to the Brain Rules Books
How Exercise Boosts Brain Power
Sexism and sexual harassment are behaviors moderated by the brain. Sexual harassment training without neuroscience at its core is inadequate and ultimately ineffective. Read More >
Perhaps that’s why we continue to hear heart-wrenching stories from women and men who have experienced sexism, gender bias, or hostile work environments.
These repeated headlines—and his firsthand experiences with audiences around the country—inspired Dr. John Medina to take on sexist behavior with two goals in mind: In-fill inadequate sexual harassment training with evidence-based research from the cognitive sciences and harness the power of prophylactic education to put both issues and remedies on more solid scientific footing.
In the Nobody’s Born Sexist series, Dr. Medina examines the evolutionary and neurobiological roots of sexism and sexist behavior, providing data-driven strategies for eliminating it and birthing a better 21st century workplace.
Dr. Medina’s lectures reveal:
• The root causes of gender biases
• Why sexism causes a toxic work environment
• Brain science vs. the Boys’ Club
• The age-old relationship between sex and power
• Using cognitive neuroscience to crack the glass ceiling
• How to amplify empathy and dramatically reduce sexist behavior
• Specific examples and strategies tailored to your workplace and to those who hire, fire, and promote in your organization
Filled with fascinating facts and riveting research, Dr. Medina takes audiences into the human brain and our evolutionary hard-wiring to better understand this pervasive workplace issue.
No opinions. No finger pointing. Just scientific facts, help, and hope. Read Less ^
How do we successfully transition from working mostly at home to working mostly at the office? A few key insights from the behavioral sciences can make the transition remarkably easy - all without losing productivity. This practical-as-potatoes lecture describes those insights, with topics ranging from change resistance and social awkwardness, to dealing with grief and loss. The bottom line? The human brain doesn’t like transitions, but becomes remarkably good at them if certain behavioral principles are obeyed. This presentation, delivered by one of the most engaging and crowd-pleasing speakers in the world of neuroscience, will share what those principles are.
What are the most effective designs for distance learning in this COVID-19 world? Researchers know. The most successful methods utilize findings from the behavioral and cognitive neurosciences as their guiding design elements. In this practical-as-potatoes lecture, we discuss those elements, and the underlying research behind their designs. When you’re finished listening, you'll be able to construct your own strategies for developing distance learning in the coming school year. Read More >
Available as both a single keynote and two-hour workshop formats. Read Less ^
Eye rolling. Moodiness. Wandering Attention. And of course, the drama. Teens can be hard to parent and even harder to teach. Here’s the good news: It’s not you. It’s not them. It’s their brains. In this enlightening and entertaining keynote, neuroscientist Dr. John Medina explores the neurological and evolutionary factors that drive teen behavior and affect both achievement and engagement. Then, he proposes a research-based counterattack: a bold redesign of educational practices and learning environments to deliberately develop teens’ cognitive capacity. Dr. Medina provides essential information and strategies for parents, educators, policy makers and anyone who wants to truly understand teenagers. This fascinating presentation will change the way you think about adolescent behavior—and leave you with neuroscience-backed, practical information to help teens thrive and succeed.
Our understanding of how the brain process information grows every week—data increasingly relevant to both classroom practices and the future of education. Dr. Medina examines the latest neuroscience and provides research-based recommendations for optimizing learning and engagement. From the case for integrating more exercise into the school day to the challenge of capturing the attention of young minds born into a digital age, Dr. Medina’s highly customizable presentations show you how to leverage brain science to overcome any challenge and optimize teaching and learning.
How come I can never find my keys? Why don't I sleep as well as I used to? Why do my friends keep repeating the same stories? What can I do to keep my brain sharp? With so many discoveries in recent years, science is literally changing our minds about the optimal care and feeding of the brain. Drawing from his latest book, Brain Rules for Aging Well, developmental molecular biologist Dr. John Medina gives you the facts while simplifying the science. With his dynamic presence and humorously engaging style, Dr. Medina provides a prescription for aging well that anyone—at any age—can turn into an action plan. He focuses on four aspects of brain health: the social brain, the thinking brain, the body, and the ways one can change the future. You’ll learn how emotions change with age, how memory is affected by the passing of time, and steps you can take to slow down the symptoms of aging. You’ll walk away with tangible brain rules that will literally change the way you age and put you on the path to optimal brain health.
Is there an essential factor behind productive teams? Does exercise really power brain function and productivity? Can brain science improve your sales and enliven your customer journey? Yes. Yes. Yes. Dr. Medina takes you from the primal beginnings that formed the human brain to how our brains constantly re-wire themselves in an ever-shifting digital world. Focuses within his highly customizable presentations include: The Collective Brain (building effective teams), The Productive Brain, The Innovating Brain, The Marketing Brain, The Presenting Brain, and The Exercising Brain. All with leave you with actionable ways to positively impact your organization by optimizing brain performance and audience/customer engagement.
Can brain science-based office design give companies an edge in the competition for employees and the quest for new ideas and innovation? Dr. John Medina’s research has drawn a strong and definite connection—one that companies like Amazon, Google and Samsung are incorporating into their latest work spaces. For the past four years, Dr. Medina has worked to reimagine the workplace with award-winning architecture firm NBBJ, designer of Amazon’s Spheres, a new glass-enclosed workspace that contains more than 40,000 plants, a rushing brook and waterfalls to help its 800 workers relax, think more creatively and be at their best. In this cutting edge presentation, Dr. Medina explores how design affects human biology and experience, and how we can maximize comfort and productivity by creating spaces with all five senses in mind. Sharing examples such as Amazon’s Spheres, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation campus, Samsung’s North American Headquarters and Tencent’s headquarters in China, Dr. Medina highlights how designing for our brains and all five senses is creating the standard for the workspaces of the future.
From racial issues in the social sphere to sexism in the work place, unconscious biases have been getting a lot of press lately. Is there brain science behind these behaviors? Recent findings suggest the answer is yes. In this illuminating talk, Dr. Medina explores the behaviors behind unconscious biases and their underlying neurobiology. He also unlocks the secrets to reducing biases—revealing habit-breaking evidence-based interventions that have been proven over the long term.
“….he did great! Our participants were very engaged and enjoyed his talk…. a lot of great feedback and know that Dr. Medina’s presentation was very well received. Several people mentioned that they would have loved to have had more time with him. Thanks so much for helping us coordinate his talk and for all of your support!”
"Albert Einstein famously said, 'The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.' Dr. Medina astounded me and my team of executives at our annual retreat. He took research that seems out-of-reach and made it practical and deeply rewarding to listen to."
"We can’t begin to describe what a hit John Medina was as our closing keynote speaker. He gave a presentation that rocked the house. Our audience loved him! His delivery is dynamic and he kept his listeners with him right up to the end. He exudes energy and is a delightful person. He engaged everyone he met in conversation and our members loved meeting him."
"Dr. Medina blew everyone’s hair back with his outstanding, energetic presentation. He was the talk of the conference—for the rest of the conference sessions (even the evening session), I heard him quoted. He has a rare combination of brilliance and engaging presentation style. He did an outstanding job of understanding his audience and tailoring his presentation to fit our interests. It’s always great when people feel like they left the plenary wanting more."
"I loved this presentation! I wish I could have had access to more sessions with him as he had SO many areas I would have loved to be able to hear more about. I was talking to the woman beside me who came all the way from New Zealand to hear him present. His presentation was informative, useful and humorous! Thank you for bringing him to this conference!"
"An expert sharing effective summaries of large bodies of research, and he didn't pull any punches. Teachers and admin. need to know how to spot bad popularizations of ‘brain research’ and this speaker helped."
"Wow! A simple thank you isn’t enough for the fantastic presentation you did in Quebec for the legislative leaders. Everyone was hooked! And, I’m sure this is no surprise to you, your session was the highest rated! I am just fascinated by what you do and I hope we can work together in the future. Thank you!"
"The presenter was both knowledgeable and engaging. That is not usually found in scientists. I was inspired to order the book while I was listening."
"Fun, informative and left with a desire to learn more about current brain research."
"Highly engaging brain based research to lead the way!"
"It's refreshing to hear someone who truly knows what he is talking about and can engage an audience."
"The talk was very well received your logistics were helpful. All went very smoothly. Some fans of his work showed up from towns far away dressed as brains! That was fun!"
"Dr. Medina was incredible as always. It was worth coming just to hear him speak. He is a gifted speaker with much relevant information to share. People were very engaged."
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