Please find below a selection of presentations from our past Mind & Its Potential conferences.


Professor Michael Merzenich ‘How brain plasticity can change your life’

Professor Michael Merzenich, USA, world’s foremost expert on the science of brain training who featured in ABC TV hit series Redesign My Brain as Todd Sampson’s brain training mentor; author of Soft-Wired: How The New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life.


Dr Linda E Carlson ‘You mean I am not going to live forever? Transforming a life threatening illness’

Dr Linda E Carlson, Canada, pioneering psycho-oncology researcher and expert on mindfulness as a health intervention; author of Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery and The Art and Science of Mindfulness.


Richard Gill ‘The power of music – developing extraordinary young minds’

Richard Gill OAM, internationally respected music educator and conductor whose work in developing young musicians and creating opportunities for them is recognised worldwide; ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks panellist.


Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo ‘Cultivating your mind and your heart’

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, India, a remarkable woman who spent 12 years alone meditating in the Himalayas as featured in the international best-selling book Cave in the Snow.


Dr Jenni Ogden ‘Trouble in mind – in the spirit of Oliver Sacks’

Dr Jenni Ogden, New Zealand, clinical neuropsychologist, blogger for Psychology Today and author of Trouble in Mind, a memoir in the spirit of Oliver Sacks.


Claire Wren Dunn ‘My year without matches’

Claire Wren Dunn, freelance journalist writing for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and WellBeing Magazine; author of My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild.


Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy 'The barefoot movement'

Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy, India, social activist and educator identified as one of the 50 environmentalists who could save the planet by The Guardian in 2008; Founder and Director, Barefoot College


Barbara Arrowsmith-Young 'The woman who changed her brain'

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Canada, best-selling author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain; Director, Arrowsmith School and Arrowsmith Programs


Susan Greenfield 'Outside the box - the neuroscience of creativity'

Baroness Susan Greenfield, UK, Director, Institute for the Future of the Mind; Fullerian Professor of Physiology, Honorary Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford, author of I.D.: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century.


Tony Buzan 'Innovative learning and thinking techniques'

Tony Buzan, UK, the world's leading author on the brain, learning and thinking skills, Mind Map originator, international best-selling author of  Use Your Head and The Mind Map Book.


Prof V.S Ramachandran 'The tell-tale brain'

Professor V. S. Ramachandran, USA, one of the world's most influential scientists, also known as the "Marco Polo" of neuroscience, University of California, San Diego.


Michael J. Gelb 'Brain power - improve your mind as you age'

Michael J. Gelb, USA, pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership


Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz 'You are not your brain'

Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz, USA, leading neuroplasticity researcher and co-author of the just released You Are Not Your Brain and the groundbreaking book Brain Lock; Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.


B. Alan Wallace 'Cultivating mental and emotional balance'

B. Alan Wallace, USA, leading scholar, author and meditation teacher, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.


Edward de Bono 'How to have a beautiful mind'

Dr Edward de Bono, UK, leading creative thinker, Founder, Cognitive Research Trust, best-selling author of The Use of Lateral Thinking.


James Doty 'A fortunate life'

James R. Doty, USA, M.D., neurosurgeon, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Founder, Project Compassion (CCARE), Stanford University.


Dr Mary Helen Immordino-Yang 'We feel, therefore we learn'

Dr Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, USA, Assistant Professor of Education, Rossier School of Education; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California.


Dr Mark Greenberg 'Nurturing mindfulness in education'

Dr Mark Greenberg, USA, award-winning child development researcher and educator, Penn State University.


Lorimer Moseley 'Body in mind - the role of the brain in chronic pain'

Professor Lorimer Moseley, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Chair in Physiotherapy, University of South Australia; Senior Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia and author of Explain Pain.


Chris Thornton 'The brain, the mind and eating disorders'

Chris Thornton, Clinical Director and Principal Clinical Psychologist, The Redleaf Practice



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