Science storyteller Wendy Suzuki to speak at Elon

Suzuki, a world-renowned neuroscientist and author of "Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion," will speak to the Elon community as a part of the Elon University Speaker Series.

Wendy Suzuki, a world-renowned neuroscientist and recognized international authority on neuroplasticity, will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as a part of The Elon University Speaker Series and the voices of Discovery Science Speaker Series. The event begins at 7 p.m. in McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center.

Suzuki is best known for her research examining how the brain forms long-term memories. More recent work has focused on how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans.

In her book “Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion,” Suzuki draws on cutting-edge research as well as her intimate struggles to encourage everyone to not view anxiety as a curse, but as a unique gift that can be leveraged to help solve life’s problems. The book includes concrete practical strategies on how to use anxiety to eliminate social anxiety, sleeplessness, fear of performance or public speaking and much more.

Suzuki is a professor of neural science and psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her TED talk on the brain-changing benefits of exercise has received more than 31 million views on Facebook and was the second-most viewed TED talk of 2018. She was recently named one of the “10 Women Changing the Way We See the World” by Good Housekeeping and regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape and Health.

The theme of the 2022-23 Speaker Series is “Living Well in a Changing World.” Learn more on the Speaker Series webpage.