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Adam Gazzaley

World-class neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley is the founder and executive director of Neuroscape, a UCSF state-of-the-art neuroscience center, and an award-winning professor of neurology, physiology, and psychiatry.

Meet Adam Gazzaley

For the past decade, Dr. Gazzaley has been pioneering research on how customized video games and VR products could be used to treat disorders like ADHD, depression, and dementia. Moreover, he is one of the world’s leading experts on how our brains are affected by distractions and multitasking. He is also well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Adam Gazzaley is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Adam Gazzaley’s fees.

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Academic Background

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed his Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now a David Dolby Distinguished Professor in Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. 

He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medical practices. This novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software (brain-computer interfaces, GPU computing, cloud-based analytics) and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). Above all, Dr. Gazzaley’s goal is to improve human cognitive function across the globe.

Investor & Advisor

Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Additionally, Adam has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen organizations including Apple, GE, Nielsen, Deloitte, Magic Leap, the VOID, and even the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.


Dr. Gazzaley has filed multiple patents for his inventions and authored over 130 scientific articles. His research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN, and NBC Nightly News. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, and co-authored the 2016 MIT Press book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience. Dr. Gazzaley has also received many other awards and honors. For example, the 2015 Society for Neuroscience awarded Adam the Science Educator Award for his extensive contribution to the public education of science. 

Hire Adam Gazzaley

For over a decade, Dr. Gazzaley has delivered over 600 invited presentations around the world. He has keynoted in five continents and over two dozen countries. Moreover, all of those keynotes have captured the imagination of diverse audiences: academics, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, lawyers, bankers, doctors, judges, children, healthcare professionals, technologists, engineers, congressmen, and more. Some of the organizations and conferences he has spoken for include:

  • The White House
  • TED
  • Congress
  • SXSW
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Wired Health
  • CES
  • Sony
  • Microsoft
  • GE
  • Deloitte
  • RedBull
  • Samsung
  • Salesforce

How to Hire Adam Gazzaley

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Key Audience Takeaways

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World

Our increasingly information-saturated world, coupled with growing expectations of constant availability and immediate responsiveness, places excessive demands on our brains. The consequences are detrimental effects on our safety, health, education, workplace, and relationships with family and friends.

Dr. Gazzaley takes us on a journey into how and why we struggle with interruptions and distractions that emerge from both our inner and outer worlds. The very essence of how we’ve evolved makes most humans collide head-first with our brain’s limitations in cognitive control.

He concludes by offering practical strategies for modifying our behavior, as well as the latest innovations from his research in enhancing our brain’s function so that we can better survive and thrive in the information age.


Technology Meets Neuroscience – A Vision of the Future of Brain Optimization

A fundamental challenge of modern society is the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function and cognition in both the healthy and impaired. For the healthy, this should be a core mission of our educational system andfor the cognitively impaired this should be a primary goal of our medical system. Unfortunately, neither of these systems has effectively met this challenge.

Dr. Gazzaley presents a novel approach he developed at UCSF Neuroscape that uses custom-designed video games to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement via personalized closed-loop systems.

He also shares the next stage of his research program, which integrates closed-loop video games with the latest technological innovations in software (e.g., brain-computer interfaces, AI) and hardware (e.g., virtual reality, mobile EEG, motion capture, physiological recording devices, brain stimulation) to enhance our brain’s information processing systems with the ultimate aim of improving our brain function.


Raging Against Aging: The Future of Brain Optimization and Longevity

One of the greatest achievements of modern times has been to dramatically increase the longevity of our species. While this is a cause for celebration, it should be recognized that it has resulted in numerous challenges in maintaining quality of life due to a near-ubiquitous decline in cognitive function with aging.

Dr. Gazzaley describes the latest research on the aging brain and the challenges faced by an increasingly older population on a global level.

He shares practical advice on how to retain our cognition as we age, as well as a novel approach that he’s been developing to use cutting-edge technology (custom-designed video games, artificial intelligence, brain stimulation, and Virtual reality) to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement throughout our lives.


The Promise of Virtual Reality and the Brain

The long-awaited arrival of virtual and augmented reality is upon us. Consumer-available products hold seemingly infinite promise in changing communication, entertainment, and commerce. But what about our brains?

Dr. Gazzaley takes us on a deep dive into how virtual and augmented reality technologies can help enhance our cognition, with benefits to our memory, attention, decision-making, and even empathy and compassion.

In this context of improving cognition, he discusses the potential educational and medical uses for these powerful new technologies.


The Cognition Crisis

Our lives on this planet have improved in so many amazing ways over the last century. On average we are now healthier, less poor, more literate, less violent, and longer living. Despite these positive changes, signs are present that we are in the midst of an emerging crisis. This is a crisis of our minds – a cognition crisis.

Dr. Gazzaley presents his latest perspectives on the difficulties we humans are currently facing in terms of our attention, perception, creativity, emotional regulation, and compassion. Anxiety, depression, attention deficits, and dementia affect half a billion people around the world with an economic toll in the trillions. And these numbers are rising, notably in our children.

He proposes that the goal of enhancing cognition should placed on par with other pressing global priorities. He concludes with a presentation of potential solutions using modern-day technology.

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The Distracted Mind - Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World Book Cover
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World

Most of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask. We can do it all, 24/7! Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.

Our brains are limited in their ability to pay attention. We don't really multitask. But rather we switch rapidly between tasks. Distractions and interruptions, often technology-related, collide with our goal-setting abilities. We want to finish this paper/spreadsheet/sentence, but our phone signals an incoming message and we drop everything. Even without an alert, we decide that we “must” check in on social media immediately.

Gazzaley and Rosen offer practical strategies, backed by science, to fight distraction. They don't suggest that we give up our devices, but that we use them in a more balanced way.

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