Neuroscience and Worker Performance Workshop

Leveraging Neuroscience to Improve Performance

Virtual Workshop | Friday, October 23, 2020 | Presented by SIOP and GAIOP



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Together, neuroscience and I-O psychology offer powerful tools for helping people and organizations deliver peak performance by understanding and managing human behavior at work.

In this virtual workshop presented by SIOP and GAIOP, the Georgia Association for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Dr. Gary Lambert, an I-O psychologist with executive experience in several industry verticals, including Fortune 100 organizations, teams up with Dr. Kelly Lambert, a researcher and educator with expertise in behavioral and clinical neuroscience and neuroplasticity, whose research has been widely published in academic and popular media.

Together, they will share actionable insights about optimal decision-making, resilience, and coping styles, among other topics. This workshop will also give participants first-hand experience using powerful online cognitive training programs targeting important work behaviors and specific brain processes.


Intended Audience

This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.


Session Abstract

This workshop will highlight innovative neuroscience research using both animal models and field research applications in the work world.

Research with contingency-trained (worker rats) and noncontingency-trained (trust fund rats) provide insights about optimal decision-making and resilience. Coping styles and enriched environments will also be discussed in the context of maintaining healthy neural circuits for optimal performance and decreased susceptibility to age-related cognitive decline.

The second half of the workshop will introduce powerful online cognitive training programs that target and change specific brain processes and important work behaviors. Participants will gain first-hand experience using these programs and be asked to identify and discuss future applications of these findings to enhance performance in the workplace.  


Learning Objectives

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about contingency training and “effort-based rewards” and how they impact motivation and resilience
  • Discuss the importance of effective coping strategies in dealing with chronic stress
  • Understand how enriched environments enable more learning and higher levels of performance
  • Introduce powerful online cognitive training programs and how they can be used to enhance performance
  • Describe field research applications to date in the work world and identify potential future applications
  • Gain first-hand experience with online cognitive training programs


Workshop schedule and fees listing





Workshop Presenters

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Dr. Kelly Lambert is the Trawick Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology and co-coordinator of the Neuroscience Program at the University of Richmond.  She received her MS. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Georgia and enjoys teaching courses related to neuroscience, behavioral processes, and evidence-based methodologies.  Dr. Lambert’s research focuses on experience-based neuroplasticity using rodent, raccoon and nonhuman primate models.  

She has written two neuroscience textbooks and three mainstream books including Lifting Depression:  A neuroscientist’s hands-on approach to activating your brain’s healing power (Basic Books, 2008), The Lab Rat Chronicles:  A neuroscientist reveals life lessons from the planet’s most successful mammals (Perigee, 2011), and, most recently, Well-Grounded:  The neurobiology of rational decisions (Yale University Press, 2018).  Additionally, she is the author of approximately 70 scholarly articles and has written popular articles for Scientific American Mind, The New York Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Royal Society for the Arts, and Management Today.  


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Dr. Gary Lambert is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with over 25 years of business experience helping people live up to their potential. He received his MS. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Through such roles as Director of Leadership Development at CarMax, VP of Talent Management at LandAmerica Financial Group, Learning and Development Manager at MeadWestvaco (MWV), Manager of Career and Professional Development at Northrop-Grumman and Senior Consultant with several consulting firms, he has gained the practical, hands on HR/OD experience in Talent Management, Leadership Development and OD Consulting that allows him to help individuals and organizations deliver high-quality, practical, business results.

As the founder and President of SHARP MIND, he consults and conducts research that applies leading edge behavioral science and neuroscience to help people perform at their best throughout their careers.

Continuing Education 

For detailed information on the CE being offered for this workshop, please click HERE


Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancellation is received at least 30 days before the scheduled workshop or event
  • 60% refund if cancellation is received less than 30 days before the scheduled workshop or event
  • No refunds after October 20, 2020



This workshop is hosted on the Zoom webinar platform