Dr. Don Vaughn

Dr. Don Vaughn

Neuroscientist and Science Communicator
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Mind-reading, Robotic Limbs, and Mental Health: The Age of the Brain
—What the recent cutting-edge breakthroughs in neuroscience? Can we fix broken brains or make new brain parts?

Your Brain On (and Off) Empathy
—How do we encourage more empathy? Is that always a good thing?

Neurohacking: Rewiring Your Brain
—Can we change our negative behaviors? What can be done after brain injury or degeneration?

Brain Breakthroughs and the Impending Mental Health Crisis
—Do we understand the brain? Why are more people suffering from mental health issues than ever before?

AI and the Arrival of Predictive Healthcare
—What if we predicted and prevented illnesses before they ever happened?

Why book Don Vaughn?

  • He is an expert on the brain, who makes a delicate topic inspiring yet informative.
  • Brain breakthroughs and mental health issues are now a major social focus.
  • Dr. Vaughn’s research has been featured in TIME magazine, profiled by Cadillac, and received over a million views in his TEDx talk “neurohacking: rewiring your brain”.
  • He has been an opinion leader for a wide range of news outlets from The Wall Street Journal to NBC News.
  • He’s hosted Discovery Science’s top-rated TV series: “What on Earth?”
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    Dr. Don Vaughn is an academic neuroscientist, futurist, international public speaker, and consultant. His foci include neuroscience, human behavior, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Since graduating from Stanford, Dr. Vaughn’s research has been featured in TIME magazine, profiled by Cadillac, and received over a million views in his TEDx talk “neurohacking: rewiring your brain”. He has been an opinion leader for a wide range of news outlets from The Wall Street Journal to NBC News. Dr. Vaughn is adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University where he teaches neuroscience and a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA where he leads a workshop on modern statistics. Don promotes engaging and accessible science.

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    Reviews

    "Dr. Don Vaughn was an informative and engaging speaker at our event. He was able to masterfully capture the audience, as well as inspire and inform us by relating his expertise in neuroscience to our cause and everyday neurologic miracles we take for granted. We could not have asked for a more effective keynote speaker for our gala."
    --Institute of Neuro Innovation

    "To this day, Dr. Vaughn is still considered one of the most interesting and popular speakers we have ever had at The Thursday Club. His level of understanding the group of people he was speaking to amazed all of us listening. It is rare to find a speaker like Dr. Vaughn, who comes from such a different time, yet is knowledgeable and considerate enough toward the issues we find important, that EVERYONE who heard him could relate to his message. From learning that being social as we age is a "must" for brain health, to drinking two cups of coffee for brain stimulation; every small lesson made a big impact when Dr. Vaughn spoke. He is both sophisticated and genuine in his professionalism as a speaker. We would recommend him to any institution or group who is looking for a quality speaker."
    --The Thursday Club President

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