Exploring the Neuroscience of Peak Performance

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Bodies, Brains & Peak Performance in the Workplace

How do we reach a flow state and perform at our best?  How might we enhance self-awareness of our capacity to perform at peak?

Reaching peak performance at work is not just about having high-tech systems and efficient processes in place, but about how we engage with our bodies, brains, and their fluctuating states throughout the day.

The September DwD drew about 25 people to Theresa Cooke’s exploration of these questions with a group of designers, grad students, business leaders and professionals. She delved into some of the key factors in tuning our bodies and brains for peak performance based on recent findings from social psychology and neuroscience. With a combination of theory and interactive explorations, we learned how we perform in high-pressure situations, and how the brain’s strong response to social threat and reward affects our performance in common workplace situations.









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About the Host

Theresa Cooke holds a doctorate in Neural & Behavioural Sciences from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, and a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She currently works at Siemens Canada as Director of Strategy for the Energy Sector, and in her spare time, cultivates her interest in the connections between neuroscience, leadership and health.

tcooke In 2012, Theresa became a certified coach with the Coaches Training Institute and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga Studio in Toronto.