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Leveraging Neuroscience to Improve Performance

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Novelis HQ, Two Alliance Center, Suite P4, Room A, 3560 Lenox Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326



This workshop will highlight innovative neuroscience research using both animal models and field research applications in the work world. Research with contingency-trained (worker rats) and noncontingency-trained (trust fund rats) provide insights about optimal decision-making and resilience. Coping styles and enriched environments will also be discussed in the context of maintaining healthy neural circuits for optimal performance and decreased susceptibility to age-related cognitive decline. The second half of the workshop will introduce powerful online cognitive training programs that target and change specific brain processes and important work behaviors. Participants will gain first-hand experience using these programs and be asked to identify and discuss future applications of these findings to enhance performance in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

Learn about contingency training and “effort-based rewards” and how they impact motivation and resilience.

  • Discuss the importance of effective coping strategies in dealing with chronic stress; attendee participation for workforce application.
  • Understand how enriched environments enable more learning and higher levels of performance; provide workforce application examples and ask attendees for their application ideas.
  • Introduce powerful online cognitive training programs and how they can be used to enhance performance, e.g., accurate identification of facial expressions to improve 1) spilt second decisions with regard to applying force in police work and 2) emotional intelligence when leading and coaching people in the workforce.
  • Describe field research applications to date in the work world, i.e., police and other workforce research and identify potential future applications, i.e. attendee participation.
  • Gain first-hand experience with online cognitive training programs.
Intended Audience:
This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

    Continuing Education (CE) Credits:

    This workshop is approved by SIOP and APA to grant 3 CE credit hours (including Ethics requirement) - no partial credit is allowed. In order to obtain the CE credits, attendees must:

    • Sign in prior to the workshop and sign out afterwards.

    • Be present for the full 3-hour workshop period.
    • SIOP will email CE certificates 3-4 weeks after workshop.

    Note: These are SIOP/APA policies and no exceptions are allowed.


    Dr. Kelly Lambert is the Trawick Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology and co-coordinator of the Neuroscience Program at the University of Richmond. She received her MS. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Georgia and enjoys teaching courses related to neuroscience, behavioral processes, and evidence-based methodologies. Dr. Lambert’s research focuses on experience-based neuroplasticity using rodent, raccoon and nonhuman primate models. She has written two neuroscience textbooks and three mainstream books including Lifting Depression: A neuroscientist’s hands-on approach to activating your brain’s healing power (Basic Books, 2008), The Lab Rat Chronicles: A neuroscientist reveals life lessons from the planet’s most successful mammals (Perigee, 2011), and, most recently, Well-Grounded: The neurobiology of rational decisions (Yale University Press, 2018). Additionally, she is the author of approximately 70 scholarly articles and has written popular articles for Scientific American Mind, The New York Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Royal Society for the Arts, and Management Today.

    Dr. Gary Lambert is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with over 25 years of business experience helping people live up to their potential. He received his MS. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Georgia. Through such roles as Director of Leadership Development at CarMax, VP of Talent Management at LandAmerica Financial Group, Learning and Development Manager at MeadWestvaco (MWV), Manager of Career and Professional Development at Northrop-Grumman and Senior Consultant with several consulting firms, he has gained the practical, hands on HR/OD experience in Talent Management, Leadership Development and OD Consulting that allows him to help individuals and organizations deliver high-quality, practical, business results. As the founder and President of SHARP MIND, he consults and conducts research that applies leading edge behavioral science and neuroscience to help people perform at their best throughout their careers.

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