The Symposium will take place at the Alfred J. Lerner Hall

(W. 115th Street and Broadway one block from the Columbia University/116th Street subway station)

This one-day symposium will bring cognitive scientists, psychologists and educators together to explore the role that mindsets, attitudes, anxiety, goals, optimism, dopamine, intentions, resilience, persistence and character play in student success and achievement in life and school. Learn strategies you can use to make students more successful, motivated and resilient.

You will gain knowledge about:

  • Strategies to Motivate All Students
  • How Mindsets Can Boost School Success
  • Attitudes and Anxiety's Effect on Achievement
  • Importance of Persistence and Grit for Success
  • Why Rewards and Expectations Motivate the Brain
  • The Science Behind Excelling in Academics and Life
  • How Character and Optimism Affect Performance
  • Role of Dopamine in Learning/Decision Making
  • Ways to Nurture Resilient At-Risk Children
  • Why Mindsets Matter More Than IQ in Classrooms

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8:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Opening Morning Addresses 8:45 AM - 12:20 PM
beilock OPENING KEYNOTE: Learning and Performance in School: Mindsets, Attitudes and Anxiety

Sian L. Beilock, PhD, The University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, Human Performance Lab; Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Chicago; Researcher in the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations; Recipient, 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Psychonomic Society; Author, CHOKE: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To (2010)
halvorson How the Science of Mindsets and Motivation Provides the Key to Unlocking Our Children's Fullest Potential

Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, Associate Director, Motivation Science Center, Columbia University; Blogger, Psychology Today; Rising star in the field of motivational science; Lecturer on "Motivational Mindsets;" Member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; Author, Success: How We Can Reach Our Goals (2011); Co-Author, Nine Things Successful People Do Differently (2012) and Focus: Use Different Ways of Seeing the World to Power Success and Influence (Forthcoming, 2013)
The Power of Mindsets: Nurturing Motivation and Resilience in Students

Robert B. Brooks, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital; Author, The Self-Esteem Teacher (1991); Co-Author, Raising Resilient Children with Autism (2011), Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Help Your Child Become More Responsible, Confident, and Resilient (2009), The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (2004) and Handbook of Resilience in Children (2006)
Afternoon Concurrent Address A: 1:30 - 5:30 PM

Beyond Smart: How Grit, Curiosity and Character Help Students Succeed and Thrive

Paul Tough, Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine; Founding Editor of Open Letters, an online magazine; Contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker, who has focused on upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics; Author, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012) and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008)

hallowell Igniting Every Child's Full Potential: What Science Tells Us About How to Excel

Edward M. Hallowell, MD, Child and Adult Psychiatrist; Founder/Director, The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in MA and NYC; Former Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Author, Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People (2011) and CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! (2006); Co-Author, Delivered from Distraction (2011, Revised)
aronson Changing Thinking About the Brain: Growth Mindsets, Stereotypes and Intelligence

Joshua M. Aronson, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Author, Improving Academic Achievement: Impact of Psychological Factors on Education (2002)
Afternoon Concurrent Address B: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
shohamy Learning and Motivation in the Brain: Rewards, Dopamine and Decision Making

Daphna Shohamy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Columbia University; Author, "Learning and motivation in the human striatum" (2011, Current Opinion in Neurobiology); Co-Author, "Dopamine and adaptive memory" (2010, Trends in Cognitive Neuroscience)
lavoie The Motivation Breakthrough: Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

Richard D. Lavoie, MEd, Consultant; Former Member of Professional Advisory Board, Learning Disabilities Association; Author of The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child (2007) and It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (2005)
oettingen From Dreams to Action: Mental Contrasting and Behavior Change

Gabriele Oettingen, PhD, Professor of Psychology, New York University; Professor of Psychology, University of Hamburg; Co-Author, "Self-regulation strategies improve self-discipline in adolescents: Benefits of mental contrasting and implementation intentions" (2011, Educational Psychology) and "Mental contrasting facilitates academic potential" (2011, Motivation and Emotion)
Afternoon Concurrent Address C: 1:30 - 5:30 PM
charney Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean; Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology ghj_amp Systems Therapeutics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center; Co-Author, Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges (2012)
Understanding and Shaping the Mindsets and Anxiety of At-Risk Students for Happiness, Confidence and Success

Sam Goldstein, PhD,
Neuropsychologist; School Psychologist; Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine; Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology, George Mason University. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Attention Disorders and Contributing Editor, Attention Magazine; Executive Producer of the award winning documentary Tough Times/Resilient Kids; Co-Author, The Handbook of Resilience in Children (2005), The Power of Resilience (2004) and Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less (2003)
Performance Anxiety and How to Reduce It

Ben Bernstein, PhD,
Performance Psychologist/Coach for individuals in high stress/high performance occupations: athletes, actors, students and business executives; Author, Teen Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused (2013, Forthcoming) and Test Success! How to Be Calm, Confident and Focused on Any Test (2010)