Olin Lecture 2017 - Sian Beilock

The Graduate School is pleased to present Dr. Sian Beilock, psychology professor, author, and president of Barnard College, 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


Introducing Preisdent Sian Beilock

‘Brain Teasers: Cracking the Mind’s Toughest Riddles’ with Sian Beilock

Using Bodies and Brains to Learn Science