2nd Australasian VIRTUAL Conference for Neuroscience, Learning and Well-being



Professor Selena Bartlett

Group Leader Neuroscience and Obesity, Translational Research Institute, Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, QUT

Professor Selena Bartlett is an award winning neuroscientist and a Group Leader in Neuroscience and Brain Fitness at the Translational Research Institute in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, QUT. She is a trained pharmacist and medically trained neuroscientist and was the Director of the Preclinical Development Group at the Gallo Centre at the University of California San Francisco for 8 years. In 2014, she launched the Brain Vitality Index mobile app and presented a TEDx talk about brain fitness and the neuroplasticity revolution. She won the Lawrie Austin Award for Neuroscience in 2019 from the Australian Neuroscience Society, Women in Technology (WiT) Biotech Outstanding Achievement Award and the Biotech Research Award. She recently launched a book called Smashing Mindset.


 How to apply neuroplasticity neuroscience to help educators drive a growth mindset


Objectives: Understand the principles of neuroplasticity and neuroscience that underpins a growth mindset. Understand how psychological distress and trauma impact cognition and learn how to apply neuroplasticity to improve social and emotional learning and educational engagement in children, adolescents and adults.


Professor Bartlett will deliver a presentation and an interactive workshop to engage and educate you about your brain and how it is affected by stress and how this leads to cognitive impairments that disrupt learning and engagement in education. Understanding how to train the brain to manage stress and improve cognition is one of the keys to develop a growth mindset and social and emotional learning skills (SEL). We often hear that having a growth mindset and SEL skills are essential for the 21st century, however, there are few tools available that can be implemented in our daily lives, schools and communities. Scientists now understand that humans have the capacity to change our brains forever using the principles of neuroplasticity. The workshop will focus on the core principles to teach you how to train the brain to handle stress, improve cognition and SEL and develop a growth mindset.


Two Learning Objectives for participants will be to 1. Understand the neuroscience behind developing a growth mindset and 2. Help educators apply the principles of neuroplasticity to drive a growth mindset for themselves and their students.

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