Olin Lecture 2017 - Sian Beilock
The Graduate School is pleased to present Dr. Sian Beilock, psychology professor, author, and president of Barnard Colllege, as this year's Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin lecturer.
Beilock's lecture, "How to Perform Your Best Under Stress," is scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Klarman Lecture Hall, and is open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow. See the PDF flyer for this event.
*Free tickets to the Olin lecture are available starting Friday, September 1, in 350 Caldwell Hall*
There are a number of events leading up to the lecture, including book club discussions and workshops.
About Sian Beilock
One of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure,” and the brain and body factors influencing all types of performance, Sian Beilock was appointed president of Barnard College in 2017.
She has authored two books, the critically acclaimed Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal about Getting It Right When You Have To (2010) and How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel (2015), and more than 100 publications.
Prior to her appointment at Barnard, Beilock was the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and the Executive Vice Provost of the University of Chicago. She works with educators, business leaders, athletic coaches, and those involved in public policy, including serving on a National Research Council committee on decision-making and stress.
Beilock received a BS in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego, and PhDs in both kinesiology (sport science) and psychology from Michigan State University.
Recent articles and media about Beilock and her work
- "Barnard Chooses a Leader Whose Research Focuses on Women" by Elizabeth A. Harris (New York Times, May 2017)
- "An Expert Take on Performing Under Pressure" by Alexandra Wolfe (Wall Street Journal, February 2017)
- "Where The Wild Fractions Are: The Power Of A Bedtime (Math) Story" by Eric Westervelt (NPR, October 2015)
- "Mind-body connection not a one-way street" by Jann Ingmire (UChicagoNews, January 2015)
- "For math-phobic, numbers pose threat of pain, study says" by Elizabeth Landau (CNN.com, October 2012)
- "Writing about worries eases anxiety and improves test performance" by Williams Harms (UChicagoNews, January 2011)
- "Psychologist shows why we 'choke' under pressure—and how to avoid it" by William Harms (UChicagoNews, September 2010)
Introducing Preisdent Sian Beilock
‘Brain Teasers: Cracking the Mind’s Toughest Riddles’ with Sian Beilock
Using Bodies and Brains to Learn Science