Speakers and Sessions


Children and teens today are spending more time texting, playing video games, and on social media than ever before. NYU Psychology Professor Adam Alter and others have discovered that today's school children between the ages 8-18 now spend a third of their lives on social media, leading to rising rates of depression, media addiction, social isolation, and reduced social skills. Additionally, brain and social psychologists have found that the brain is wired for learning through social interaction and social thinking, and that those with social anxiety, autism and the socially awkward are being left behind. Discover the "Science of Social Minds" and why our brains are wired for physical connections, ways to improve social skills and friendships, overcome social anxiety and media addiction; and how to teach to and appreciate those who are socially different.

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Featured Speakers

Temple Grandin, PhD

Autism Rights Advocate; Professor, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Author, Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor (2018) and Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism (2006); Co-Author, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism (2017) and The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed (2014)

Adam Alter, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Marketing, Stern School of Business, New York University; Author, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked (2018) and Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave (2014)

Ty Tashiro, PhD

Author and Consultant; Former Award-Winning Professor, University of Maryland and University of Colorado; Author, Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome (2018) and The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love (2014)

Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP

Founder and CEO, Social Thinking; Author, Social Media, the Social Mind, and Social Thinking (2013, Blog) and Think Social (2006); Co-Author, Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough (2016), Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults (2011) and "Measuring the Effectiveness of Teaching Social Thinking to Children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA)" (2008, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)