Cultural Scientist & Author, The Art of Risk & This is Your Brain On Sex
A cultural scientist, passionate traveler and science journalist, Sukel has no problem tackling interesting (and often taboo) subjects spanning love, sex, risk taking, neuroscience, travel and politics. She knows more about sex than you do. (According to Forbes, at any rate…) Read More >
TEDTalk: The Neuroscience Of Risk-Taking And How Play Impacts The Way We Make Decisions
Most of us think we’re rational thinkers. We believe we approach our decisions with logic and foresight. But when it comes to dealing with risk and uncertainty, our brains rely on a variety of cognitive short-cuts that influence how we decide—and those heuristics often work against us when it comes down to making smart, sound decisions. Read More >
Kayt Sukel will explain, using examples from the intersection of cutting edge science laboratories and real-world success stories, the myriad ways our faulty assumptions—and the brain’s default decision-making mechanisms—can get in the way of our long term goals. She’ll explain why we mistakenly take risk-taking as a personality trait instead of a process; how the latest scientific research is demonstrating how different environmental variables can change that process in expected ways; what we can learn from extreme sports heroes and military special forces operators about optimizing our choices; and, finally, how self-appraisal and self-awareness concerning the way the brain handles decision-making can help each and every one of us ultimately become smarter decision makers—helping us to transform uncertainty into victory in work, play, love, and life. Read Less ^
Uncertainty often seems synonymous with impulsivity and danger—something to be avoided at all costs. But scientists are learning that uncertainty is part and parcel of every single decision we make, every single day—big or small, life-altering or seemingly inconsequential. And, what’s more, healthy doses of uncertainty can help foster creativity, innovation, and success. Read More >
Kayt Sukel will discuss the how brain is designed to deal with uncertainty—and why that particular neurobiological set-up means that uncertainty is often the catalyst for novel and groundbreaking breakthroughs. She will describe how successful leaders and organizations consider uncertainty in their own decisions—and how those lessons learned apply to making smarter, more creative choices. And, finally, she’ll consider the different types of corporate environments that can make or break the creative process—and how those who are successful with fostering creativity are doing so without losing sight of the organization’s core values (or long-term business goals). Read Less ^
"We truly enjoyed Kayt’s presentation on the Art of Risk. Each of our attendees learned how valuable it is to understand the psychology behind risk, and why some risks are worth taking – and for that, we are incredibly thankful."
"Kayt Sukel is a terrific speaker and I love working with her. Smart, energetic and engaging. We've hosted Kayt twice and she's equally great as a solo speaker or 'in conversation' with another. She's wonderfully professional and prompt with responses about logistics, and a great help with social media outreach too! We look forward to her next book."
"When it comes to making science approachable—yet keeping it the boundary-pushing topic it inherently is—Kayt Sukel excels. With not only an expert grasp of the complexities within her topics (sex, neuroscience, risk, among them), but also an instinctive understanding of the makeup of the room, she pairs facts with the familiar. In a recent talk to my local non-profit group, she turned an early morning meeting into a TED Talk-like setting. Thank goodness there was still time for questions, because everyone wanted more."
"We were so pleased to welcome Kayt Sukel to the Lone Star College CyFair Library to discuss her new book, The Art of Risk. Kayt defines risk and illuminates the genetic and environmental factors that affect our willingness to take risks. She has a knack for explaining complicated neuroscience concepts like the mesocortical limbic pathway with absolute clarity, and our students, staff, and community members thoroughly enjoyed her speaking style and sense of humor. Kayt also graciously stayed to sign copies of her book for audience members."
"Kayt spoke at Lone Star College and created quite a buzz among faculty, community, staff and students. Who wouldn't want to enhance one's ability to tolerate risk to reap the rewards? Not only is Kayt a talented writer and scientist, but also a delightful speaker with a keen sense of humor. Kayt fielded questions and comments from our captivated audience and inspired us to learn about our brains and how to harness the power of the mind."