The following schedule is for our Grand Opening Public Open House on October 19:
Thrive from Nine to Five – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Breakfast Lecture | Dee O’Neill
Learn how you can revive mental energy, enhance strategic thinking, and incite innovation with the right strategies and healthy brain habits. Join Brain Performance Institute’s corporate and executive program manager Dee O’Neill as she transforms complex neuroscience principles into practical insights to enhance your professional and personal lives.
Managing Stress In & Out of Work – 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Lecture | Jill Hill
Are you carrying out your day in a brain-healthy way? Explore the daily roadblocks to brain health we face in and out of the workplace. Brain Performance Institute clinician Jill Hill will provide guests with insights on the impact of stress on the brain and how to better manage everyday brain stressors.
A Look into Our Brains | Matthew Kmiecik
Walk-In Sessions from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Visualize your brain activity through interactive games using a wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) with Center for BrainHealth® researcher Matthew Kmeicik.
Balancing Life with Tai Chi | UTDallas Wellness
20-minute sessions – 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM
Find inner balance in your life as instructors from The University of Texas at Dallas lead you through the fundamentals of Tai Chi, and learn how slow flowing movements and deep breathing can help you find your center of gravity.
Brain-Healthy Workspaces | Dee O’Neill
20-minute sessions – 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Discover what may be reducing productivity in the workplace, and learn to create a healthy workspace catered towards enhancing strategic attention and performance.
Building Strength with Yoga | UTDallas Wellness
20-minute sessions – 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM
Learn how you can take simple meditation and breath control with instructors from The University of Texas at Dallas, and develop a practice that can help strengthen both your mind and body.
Do Something New™ | Bonnie Pitman
30-minute sessions – 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Bonnie Pitman, former Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and current distinguished scholar in residence at The University of Texas at Dallas, shares her personal journey of living with chronic illness and how she developed a practice that celebrates life called Do Something New™. This daily practice invites the exploration of taking an ordinary day and making it extraordinary. This enlightening session is sure to inspire you to adopt a practice of your own.
Eating a Brain-Healthy Diet | Chef Gene Christiano
Walk-In Sessions from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The University of Texas at Dallas executive chef, Gene Christiano, will provide a series of interactive food demonstrations all afternoon. Learn about the impact of a healthy diet on your overall brain performance, taste delicious brain-healthy snacks, and receive recipe cards to start preparing a brain-healthy diet today.
It Takes a Village: A New Vision for Life after an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis | Audette Rackley
30-minute session – 3:00 PM
Five million people in the United States alone have heard the words, “You have Alzheimer’s.” We need to change the standard of care for families adjusting to life with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Brain Performance Institute’s head of special programs, Audette Rackley, will share a developing vision which incorporates a strength-based approach for the person with the diagnosis, their care partner and the community beyond. Join us as we help create a productive path for families, friends, and neighbors navigating this complex disease.
Leveraging the Way you Think | Stacy Vernon
20-minute sessions – 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Utilizing our “Brain Performance Challenge” application, learn to perform quick mental exercises and discover tips to improve your way of thinking.
Offered by Mastermind Studio
- Mindful Meditation
20-minute sessions – 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
A short, guided meditation using mindfulness techniques that, research shows, improve brain health. This mindful practice will focus on relaxation, breath and intentional present moment awareness.
- Gut & Grit
20-minute sessions – 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM
A special mindfulness meditation designed to help you build resilience to life’s stressors. This class will teach meditation techniques to cultivate strength and flexibility in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with regulating emotions and regaining control of stressful situations.
20-minute session – 2:00 PM
A special mindfulness meditation designed to harness the mood-boosting power of gratitude. This class will help you appreciate the little things and connect more deeply with those around you.
- Memory & Focus
20-minute session – 3:00 PM
A special mindfulness meditation designed to improve memory and focus. This class will teach meditation techniques to strengthen the temporal lobe (learning and memory) and prefrontal cortex (willful focus).
- Mindfulness for Anxiety
20-minute session – 4:30 PM
A special mindfulness meditation designed to reduce fear and anxiety. This class will teach you techniques to calm your mind and come back to your breath and your body as anchors for peaceful attention.
Optimizing Mental Energy: Giving Your Brain the Boost It Needs | Jennifer Zientz
30-minute session – 4:30 PM
How, where and when you deploy your greatest asset – your brainpower – matters. Each day we are inundated with non-stop distractions and unpredictable changes that can make us feel mentally drained. Leveraging our environment and detoxing negative habits can enable us to boost our brainpower where it matters most.
Senior Moments: To Worry or Not to Worry? | Audette Rackley
30-minute session – 2:00 PM
Every decade of life brings increased awareness of changes in memory and thinking, leading many to wonder, “…could this be Alzheimer’s?” Looking into our brain health, Brain Performance Institute’s head of special programs, Audette Rackley, will share the latest scientific findings on the need for continued brain engagement in the retirement years and provide actionable tips that help unlock brain potential.
Social Cognition Game-Based Simulation | Aaron Tate and Clinicians
20-minute sessions – 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Brain Performance Institute’s lead clinicians and 3D artists will provide a look into the technology of our social cognition game-based training and how it translates into actual interactions and recognition of thoughts and feelings.
Steady Warriors Trauma: Sensitive Yoga and Meditation | Warrior Spirit Project
20-minute sessions – 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Explore simple, adaptive, grounding yoga movements and breathing techniques designed to calm the nervous system and facilitate a sense of safety in the body. Then experience peaceful awareness in a short Integrative Restoration (iRest) guided meditation, which provides an opportunity to be completely at ease.
Tactical Switches | Katie Hinds
30-minute session – 4:00 PM
Tactical switching helps us to down-regulate emotional responses to a situation so we can make better decisions. Learn about this process and how to purposefully engage your frontal networks over your amygdala response (emotional/reactive) when confronted with difficult situations.
The Power of Mindfulness | Dianna Purvis Jaffin
20-minute sessions – 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Brain Performance Institute director of strategy and programs, Dr. Dianna Purvis Jaffin, will introduce mindfulness fundamentals and present the science explaining why mindfulness can optimize your brain potential. This powerful practice has the potential to change your brain, improve how you respond to stress, and enhance your performance at work and in life.
Training Your Brain with BrainHQ | Dan Tinker
Walk-In Sessions from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Try out BrainHQ, an online neuroplasticity-based brain-training system. BrainHQ has exercises designed for people who want to improve their memory, stay sharp and focused, think quickly on their feet, or be a safer driver. Dan Tinker from Posit Science, the developers of BrainHQ, will be on hand to help you through the training and answer questions.
EVENING RECEPTION AND LECTURES
6:15 – 8 PM Reception and Lectures
Join us for a thought-provoking and engaging evening featuring Dr. Geoffrey Ling, internationally recognized neurologist, scientist and humanitarian, and Bonnie Pitman, a national leader in the public engagement of art, as they discuss the importance of stimulating your brain with new experiences and ideas each day.
Ms. Pitman will kick off the evening as she presents her Do Something New™ initiative, which challenges everyone to make a daily practice of experiencing and interacting with our world in new ways. Ms. Pitman began her Do Something New™ practice six years ago as she strived to celebrate life while living with chronic illness. Do Something New™ not only inspires others to celebrate life, it also provides a tangible and practical way to practice innovation. Like most habits, the more we practice innovation, the better we become at innovating – And the better equipped we are to innovate, the better we are at making the impossible, possible.
Dr. Ling will share inspirational examples of the very thing Ms. Pitman’s practice inspires, making the impossible, possible. During his tenure with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Dr. Ling oversaw initiatives to transform the way pharmaceuticals are made and identify military personnel in need of neurological care following an explosion. One of his greatest discoveries was equipping amputees with prosthetic arms that respond to neural signals from the motor cortex of the brain – just as their original arms once did. Today, the Brain Performance Institute is tackling a new, bold and seemingly impossible challenge – doubling brain performance. Dr. Ling will provide insight on this audacious yet achievable goal and how vision, global expertise, and innovation can bring it to fruition.