Learning & the Brain Symposium - Student Mindsets and Motivation: Attitudes, Stress and Performance

Organization: Public Information Resources, Inc. / Learning & the Brain

Venue: Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Location: New York City, New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 10, 2013 / 8:45 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Apr 10, 2013 / 5:30 pm - (EST)
Registration Date: Apr 05, 2013
Early Registration Date: Feb 08, 2013
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This one-day symposium will bring cognitive scientists, psychologists and educators together to explore the role that mindsets, attitudes, anxiety, goals, optimism, dopamine, intentions, resilience, persistence and character play in student success and achievement in life and school. Learn strategies you can use to make students more successful, motivated and resilient.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES You will gain knowledge about:

  • Strategies to Motivate All Students
  • How Mindsets Can Boost School Success
  • Attitudes and Anxiety's Effect on Achievement
  • Importance of Persistence and Grit for Success
  • Why Rewards and Expectations Motivate the Brain
  • The Science Behind Excelling in Academics and Life
  • How Character and Optimism Affect Performance
  • Role of Dopamine in Learning/Decision Making
  • Ways to Nurture Resilient At-Risk Children
  • Why Mindsets Matter More Than IQ in Classrooms



Public Information Resources, Inc. / Learning & the Brain
35 Highland Circle
United States

Conference Speakers

The University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, Human Performance Lab; Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Chicago; Researcher in the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations; Recipient, 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Psychonomic Society; Author, CHOKE: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To (2010)

Associate Director, Motivation Science Center, Columbia University; Blogger, Psychology Today; Rising star in the field of motivational science; Lecturer on "Motivational Mindsets;" Member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; Author, Success: How We Can Reach Our Goals (2011); Co-Author, Nine Things Successful People Do Differently (2012) and The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation and Resilience in Students

Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital; Author, The Self-Esteem Teacher; Co-Author, Raising Resilient Children with Autism (2011), Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient (2009), The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (2004) and Handbook of Resilience in Children (2006)

Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine; Founding Editor of Open Letters, an online magazine; Contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker, who has focused on upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics; Author, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012) and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008)

, Child and Adult Psychiatrist; Founder/Director, The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in MA and NYC; Former Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Author, Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People (2011) and CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! (2006); Co-Author, Delivered from Distraction (2011, Revised)

Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Author, Improving Academic Achievement: Impact of Psychological Factors on Education (2002)

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University; Author, "Learning and motivation in the human striatum" (2011, Current Opinion in Neurobiology); Co-Author, "Dopamine and adaptive memory" (2010, Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience)

Consultant; Former Member of Professional Advisory Board, Learning Disabilities Association; Author of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child (2007) and It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (2005)

Professor of Psychology, New York University; Professor of Psychology, University of Hamburg; Co-Author, "Self-regulation strategies improve self-discipline in adolescents: Benefits of mental contrasting and implementation intentions" (2011, Educational Psychology) and "Mental contrasting facilitates academic potential" (2011, Motivation and Emotion)

Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean; Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center; Co-Author, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges (2012)

Neuropsychologist; School Psychologist; Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine; Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology, George Mason University. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Attention Disorders and Contributing Editor, Attention Magazine; Executive Producer of the award winning documentary Tough Times/Resilient Kids; Co-Author, The Handbook of Resilience in Children (2005), The Power of Resilience (2004) and Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less (2003)

Performance Psychologist/Coach for individuals in high stress/high performance occupations: athletes, actors, students and business executives; Author, Teen Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused (2013, Forthcoming) and Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test (2010)

Additional Information

The Symposium will take place at the Alfred J. Lerner Hall

(W. 115th Street and Broadway one block from the Columbia University/116th Street subway station)


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