Elizabeth R. Ricker is the award-winning author of “Smarter Tomorrow: How 15 Minutes of Neurohacking A Day Can Help You Work Better, Think Faster, and Get More Done” (Little, Brown Spark/Hachette). Her background is in neuroscience and technology, with degrees from MIT and Harvard. She has lectured across the world and consults with Silicon Valley venture capital firms, startups, schools, and the Fortune 500.
Smarter Tomorrow: A Better Brain in 15 Minutes a Day
What if you could upgrade your brain in just 15 minutes a day? That’s the question that led MIT and Harvard trained researcher Elizabeth Ricker on a 10+ year quest through neuroscience labs and tech startups around the world. After poring through hundreds of research papers, conducting dozens of interviews, and testing countless tools on herself, Ricker uncovered something surprising: rather than finding few, she found many research-backed tools with the ability to upgrade mental performance. There was a problem, though. Certain tools worked well on some people but not on others – and it was hard to predict which tool would work best on whom. As she dug further, Ricker discovered something even more surprising: a little known methodology used by Nobel Prize-winning scientists. This highly personalizable framework can be used to unlock our best performances at work, in relationships, or in life. Learn more in Ricker’s talk.
5 Research-Backed Brain Upgrades: At Home or In the Office
What are five little known – but powerful – ways to improve mental performance? In this talk, Ricker introduces research-backed tools that can be used at home or in the office. They range from easy to complex and from free to a few hundred dollars. She will discuss the surprising power of an often maligned type of human bias, research showing that one of the simplest brain upgrades that humans have been using for a millennia actually works, that the blue light from your phone is not necessarily as bad as we think, that some video games may be good for us, and that a certain type of brain imaging device can be used to meditate more effectively. For every tool, Ricker explains the research behind it and exactly how you can start using it in just fifteen minutes a day.
4 Mental Superpowers for 21st Century Success
Beginning in the early 1900s, the concept of intelligence - as measured by IQ tests - became a popular explanation for success. Starting in the 1990s, emotional intelligence (EQ) began to take hold of the public’s imagination. As the 21st century unfolds, what mental abilities will we value most? In this timely talk, Ricker introduces data from large, longitudinal scholarly studies about the traits that underlie everyday success in today’s world. The mental abilities she pulls out – including ones she calls the New IQ and the New EQ – turn out to be predictive of success in work, school, and relationships. Best of all? These abilities turn out to be wonderfully trainable: you don’t have to be born with them. Ricker will also share research-backed ways each of us can improve in these mental abilities – even if we are not quite at superpower levels yet – in just fifteen minutes a day.