Linking Innovation to Education, with Elliott Masie

In this BigThink video, innovation expert Elliott Masie explains the aim of his MASIE Center think tank: to investigate the connections between technology, innovation, and learning. A major component of this is an understanding of the changing relationship between ideas and the marketplace.

Slow Down Your Brain to Get More Done, with Steven Kotler

The best-selling author Steven Kotler discusses hypofrontality — literally the slowing of the brain’s prefrontal cortex — and how it allows one to enter an optimal state of consciousness, known as flow. As Kotler explains, flow refers to those moments of total absorption when we get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears.
Kotler is the author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.

The Psychology of Happiness and Feedback

Sheila Heen, a Partner at Triad Consulting Group and a lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, explains the psychology behind feedback and criticism. Heen is co-author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.

Dan Harris: Think You’re a Good Multitasker? Stop Lying.

ABC News Correspondent Dan Harris explains why anyone who boasts about their ability to multitask is lying to themselves. “We literally neurologically cannot do more than one thing at a time,” says Harris, who instead defines what we consider multitasking as “doing many things poorly.” Harris is the author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story.