Please note: The pre-lecture reception scheduled from 6:15 – 7 PM each week will take place in the Brain Performance Institute’s Jane and Bud Smith Grand Lobby. Lecture seating areas in the Center for BrainHealth’s Auditorium and Reception Hall will also open at 6:15 PM. Lectures will start at 7 PM.


The Greystone Foundation Lecture
Your Brain on Tech: Promises and Perils of Technology Use in the Developing Brain
Lin Lin, EdD*
Lori Cook, PhD*

Technology and media use is a ubiquitous part of the daily lives of our children, and only increasing. By most estimates, many of our adolescents are spending half of their waking time on media and technology. Understandably, there is much concern and much hope around the impact that this could have on our brains, particularly those that are still developing. In this talk, Dr. Uncapher, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of California San Francisco, will discuss the growing body of evidence investigating how technology and media use may be associated with cognitive, psycho-social, and academic differences, and the implications for how we engage with tech in our homes, schools, and daily life.

*Due to a medical emergency, Dr. Uncapher will not be available for the February 6 lecture. Dr. Lin Lin from The University of North Texas and Dr. Lori Cook from the Center for BrainHealth will discuss how technology influences the developing brain and practical tips for the students in your life.


The Dianne and David Cash Lecture
Sleep and Circadian Rhythms: The Brain Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep

Russell Foster, PhD

We are dominated by time. But beyond the alarm clock that drives us out of bed our bodies answer to a much older clock that can be found in almost all living things. An internal 24hr biological clock (circadian clock) regulates and drives much of our biology, timing our sleep and even influencing the chances of having a heart attack or surviving cancer. Understanding how these rhythms are generated and regulated within the brain has been one of the great triumphs of neuroscience. As Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, Dr. Foster will lead us through the science and importance of sleep and circadian rhythms, what happens when these systems go wrong and the consequences of our increasingly 24/7 world. He may even change your mind about why you need to sleep more!


The Sammons Enterprises, Inc. Lecture
Preventing Alzheimer’s: The Latest Science
Murali Doraiswamy, MD

Alzheimer’s disease, which was considered rare 50 years ago, has today reached pandemic proportions, affecting some 45 million people globally. As we live longer due to advances in medicine, we naturally also want to enjoy our lives to the fullest with our cognitive capacities intact. Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, one of the world’s leading doctors in the field of healthy brain aging and a professor of psychiatry and geriatrics at Duke University, will share the most recent and exciting discoveries in the field of Alzheimer’s prevention and the promise they hold for us.


The Todd and Laurie Platt Lecture
Big Potential: Creating Success at School and Work By Making Others Better

Shawn Achor

We have historic levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness in our schools and companies. But new research is showing how happiness is a choice if we create positive habits, and that happiness in turn dramatically improves our educational, health and business outcomes. While success does not lead to happiness, greater happiness does fuel success. But after researching happiness in 50 countries, Shawn discovered that if happiness is all about you, there is a cap on it and it can’t be sustained. However, by seeking to make others better, your potential for happiness rises exponentially. The same is true for every dimension of human potential – grades, intelligence, compassion, promotion, sales, leadership and health – all rise and fall based upon the people around you. Small potential is what you can achieve alone. Big potential is about making others better, and how that in turn makes you better. Best-selling author, Shawn Achor will share the research you can use to realize your BIG POTENTIAL while returning greater happiness and meaning to our schools, work and families.