An Evening with Sian Beilock: Performing Your Best When the Pressure is On

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6:30 PM EST - 7:30 PM EST

Bank Street College of Education
Tabas Auditorium
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

Event Title:
An Evening with Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College: Performing Your Best When the Pressure is On


Most students are motivated to perform at their best in school. But with this motivation can come pressure to excel – from parents, teachers, peers and students themselves. Why does poor performance occur in those very situations where students are set on doing their best? What happens in the brain and body when the pressure is high? And, why do some students thrive while others fail in high-stakes situations? Sian will discuss how current research in psychology and neuroscience can be used by parents, teachers and students themselves to enhance learning and performance in school – especially for students who are chronically anxious about high-pressure academic situations. 

Sian Beilock began her tenure as Barnard’s president in July 2017 after spending twelve years at the University of Chicago. There she served on the faculty as the Stella M. Rowley Professor of Psychology and as the Executive Vice Provost and an Officer of the University. Her work as a cognitive scientist has revolved around performance anxiety, with a focus on success in math and science for women and girls. She has explored the brain and body factors that influence learning and performance, including how simple psychological strategies can be used to ensure success in everything from test-taking and public speaking to athletics and job interviews. In 2010, Sian wrote the critically acclaimed book Choke, and in 2015, How the Body Knows Its Mind. She won the prestigious 2017 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and her recent TED talk has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. And finally, she is the very proud mother of Sarah, a Bank Street second-grader.



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