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Today’s Innovators

This Is Your Brain On Sports

This program took place at Harvard on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.  It was jointly sponsored by the Harvard Brain Science Initiative and the Harvard Varsity Club. 

Introduction by Marc Goldberg

Part I. “Training the Mind of an Athlete”
with Coaches Katey Stone and Mike WayIsabelle Dowling ’16, Co-Captain, Harvard Women’s Squash; and Michelle Picard ’16, Co-Captain, Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey. With 429 victories as Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, US Olympic Hockey Coach Stone is one of the most successful in the history of Division I women’s hockey.  A professional coach for more than 25 years and one of the best teachers of the game in the world, Coach Way is Harvard’s Gregory Lee ’87 and Russell Ball ’88 Endowed Coach for Squash.

 Part II.  “A Neuroscientist’s View:  What’s Under the Hood?”
with Bence Ölveczky, PhD, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Brain Science. Dr. Ölveczky’s lab investigates how complex motor sequences are learned and generated by the nervous system.

Discussion and Q&A