Meet John

Keynote Speaker & Brain Scientist

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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 Dr. John Medina. Based on his research and others, Dr. Medina will share how to optimize 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.

Acknowledged as one of the most engaging and crowd-pleasing speakers in the world of neuroscience, Dr. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine (Department of Bioengineering). His research interests focus on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions, and he was the Founding Director of the Talaris Research Institute, studying how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular and molecular level.

Learn more about Dr. Medina at https://brainrules.net.


John's Keynote

Change and the Ridiculously Relational Brain (Tuesday, March 7 - 8:15am)

One way to buffer against the negative effects of change is to deliberately spend quality time interacting with others. Such exchanges can be with co-workers, close friends, even casual acquaintances. This talk describes how the human brain responds to this buffering effect. It turns out the brain really hates to change, but, happily, is also really good at it.

John's Books

For WASWUG In-Person Attendees

John Medina’s four Brain Rules books will be available for purchase on site before and after his keynote on March 7th. There will also be a special time for him to sign your books (exact time and location will be announced as we draw closer to the conference).

Special Offer: Purchase Brain Rules or Brain Rules for Baby ($15 each) and receive a free copy of Brain Rules for Aging Well or Brain Rules for Work (hardcover editions) as a bonus!

40% Off Audiobooks (for all attendees)

A 40% discount code will be provided to in–person and virtual attendees before the conference.

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