Our Connected Species with Mark A. Williams

We are a connected species, and our innate drive for belonging can be a double-edge sword. It brings us together but it also divides us. In his new book, The Connected Species: How the Evolution of the Human Brain Can Save the World, Mark A. Williams, PhD draws from his over 25 years of research and experience as a professor of cognitive neuroscience to explore the human brain’s specialization for connection and how we can use it to expand our in-group and extend multicultural societies for the good of our planet.

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Mark A. Williams, PhD, is a professor of cognitive neuroscience with over 25 years’ experience conducting behavioral and brain imaging research. Mark has published more than 70 scientific articles and received numerous high-profile fellowships and grants. He has made many TV and radio appearances to discuss topics including emotions, technology, education, racism, and even why we can’t tickle ourselves. His research has been featured in outlets globally including The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, and New Scientist. Mark has worked with thousands of students, teachers, health professionals, and company directors keen to understand how their brain works, how to perform optimally and maintain a healthy brain. He regularly runs programs on the neuroscience of learning, the neuroscience of emotions, how our brains create our reality, and the impact of modern technologies on our brains.

Learn more at drmarkwilliams.com.



Kristen Manieri is a coach who works with teams to increase both productivity and wellbeing. She also helps individuals navigate transition with clarity and confidence. Her areas of focus are: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 200 authors about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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