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The Power of Mindful Learning: Dr. Ellen Langer

The Illusion of Control: Aging. Decision Making. Mindfulness. The Power of Possibility: Dr. Ellen Langer from the NeuroLeadership Summit in Boston.

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"When you're not there, you're not there to notice you're not there."

Welcome to a special Leadership Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio, with guest host Charee Klimek reporting from the NeuroLeadership Summit in Boston, MA.

Ellen J. Langer, PhD, is a member of the psychology department at Harvard University, painter and author of more than 200 research articles and 11 books, including the international bestseller Mindfulness. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association.

Ellen’s trailblazing experiments in social psychology have earned her inclusion in the New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas” issue, and she will soon be the subject of a major motion picture for latest book, Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, starring Jennifer Aniston.

Ellen spoke to us after her exhilarating opening keynote address at the NeuroLeadership Summit, where she presented insights from her groundbreaking research from the Counterclockwise study.

While Ellen’s work is anything but simple, the simplicity of her findings in terms of practical applications for leaders that wish to become more creative, improve memory, attention, productivity and instill mindfulness into their leadership style have been a critical addition to the holistic approach NeuroLeadership science brings to any industry.

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Ellen Langer, Biography
Dr. Ellen Langer is a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Her books written for general and academic readers include Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming An Artist, and Counterclockwise.

Dr. Langer has described her work on the illusion of control, aging, decision-making, and mindfulness theory in over 200 research articles and six academic books. Her work has led to numerous academic honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest of the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology award from the American Association of Applied & Preventive Psychology, the Adult Development and Aging Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattel Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.

The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

Dr. Langer is a Fellow of The Sloan Foundation; The American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science; Computers and Society; The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; The Society of Experimental Social Psychologists. In addition to other honors, she has been a guest lecturer in Japan, Malaysia, Germany, and Argentina.

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