Tools for Well-Being Talk Series: John Ratey

March 7, 2014


MIT Media Lab, 3rd Floor Atrium


John Ratey will address the connection between exercise and the brain's performance and the benefits of utilizing movement to prepare the brain for learning. He will discuss how exercise can supercharge mental circuits to sharpen thinking and enhance memory and be used as one of the best ways to help with emotional regulation and optimize our ability to learn, remember, and perform.


John J. Ratey, MD, is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research synthesizer, speaker, and bestselling author. An internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry, Dr. Ratey has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, and 8 books published in 14 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD Driven to Distraction series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of his most recent book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. He serves as adjunct professor at National Taiwan Sports University and is Reebok's Ambassador for Active Kids. Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.

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