What is your greatest tool in your toolbox? Your brain! Sure, you could sharpen this tool and promote your project the normal way, with hard work and years of slow, incremental progress. Or you could use some of the brain’s built-in cheat codes and just hack your way to success.

Along with learning, our brains are plagued by a raft of bugs and unwanted features that we have been unable to remove. Use these features to your advantage to teach, learn, and persuade. Join us in a tour of some of the most amusing bugs and exploits that allow you to play with the interface between our brains and the world.


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Interesting talk, well done especially without any notes.

Interesting talk with a lot of truth.

8/10 would stand up again

Ronny Coolen at 17:15 on 26 Jan 2018

Did not like it.

James Titcumb at 18:31 on 26 Jan 2018

Good encouragement and reminder to look after ourselves which is important! Maybe mention about burnout and that some of the tips can help avoid in some circumstances. Otherwise great

Martin V at 09:06 on 27 Jan 2018

Interesting talk for further research

I don't like it when someone tells me what to do in my personal life, especially on a tech conference. I always tend to not trust people who try to tell me how to be more productive/happy/whatever, without actually knowing me. Maybe because I have heard too much nonsense about this in my life.

But if you do want to do a talk like this, and make me trust you, here are some tips:
* tell me what your background is. Did you study the subject, do you have a related job, do you just make things up?
* if you make statements like 'a little sleep of X minutes increases productivity by Y%', tell me: Is this your personal experience? Was there a research about this? Who did the research (give pointers)
* Don't tell me to stand up and dance. Just don't.

Bruno at 10:56 on 27 Jan 2018

It was an interesting talk. I feel like it missed a bit of background information regarding the advice given to the audience.

It was a really great talk and I thought it was great to start a tech conference with a talk almost without tech, but one that will help you improve yourself. This is really a talk I'm gonna have to check again when I'm at home and start implementing some changes in my life.

Robert Broen at 14:47 on 27 Jan 2018

I should get this talk every month, I need it.

Koen Cornelis at 15:42 on 27 Jan 2018

Nice idea for a talk but basically a collection of platitudes and every now and then something interesting.
There were several inaccuracies or errors, some examples:
- there has never been anyone with a photographic memory (same for eidetic btw). Interestingly the speaker meant someone who doesn't forget anything, which is another thing entirely.
- any study based on psychology students should be distrusted. Check out this article as to why: https://psmag.com/social-justice/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135
- you mentioned "recent research" several times. Recent research should equally be distrusted as it more often than not hasn't been replicated yet. Most research in psychology never gets replicated, several examples you mentioned fall into this category.

Henk at 15:50 on 27 Jan 2018

Forced funny != Funny

Joel Lord at 16:19 on 27 Jan 2018

Good talk filled with great reminders of things that we should do to keep on to of our game.

Interesting content,

jonas lauwers at 10:45 on 28 Jan 2018

Interesting talk, some nice hints on how to make more use of your brain.

Guy Steels at 12:19 on 28 Jan 2018

Funny, but nothing more than that. An additional thumbsup for the enthousiasmn and speaker skills of the speaker.

Not my cup of thea but amusing

Less technical but useful talk ! Thanks for you dynamism

Bart Reunes at 08:37 on 29 Jan 2018

A talk that might be of interest for a lot of developers. There are a lot of good (and often repeated) arguments in there, but the description didn't fit the content - it's not about your brain, but about probably well-known concepts to keep yourself healthy and energetic. I had expected something entirely different based on the description, and didn't really find the red tape as described by sentences like "our brains are plagued by a raft of bugs and unwanted features that we have been unable to remove".

Worth the visit, but maybe update the description?

Robin Brackez at 11:44 on 29 Jan 2018

There were some things I liked and some things I didn't like about this interactive talk.
First, it's good that mental condition is discussed. The caricature of a programmer tells that 'we' aren't the healthiest people in terms of food and workout, so it's good to focus a bit on that.
But on the other hand, I felt like I was in one of those typically American encouraging health programs. Various data was collected from unmentioned sources, and while it made sense, I'm not fond of this type of primary school lecture (I expected the food pyramid at a given time), and certainly not when repetitively being asked to stand up just for the sake of standing up.

Jasper Kennis at 14:52 on 29 Jan 2018

Please don't start off by being openly annoyed about speaker notes not showing up and then go to "HELLO EVERYBODY IM SO EXCITED TO BE HERE!". There's no way that would come over sincere at that point.

Nothing very interesting told. Please consider what is interesting to the audience before sharing a bunch of general things they probably all already knew.

Íf you think it's a good idea to make "everybody with a brain" stand up, have a really, really good reason for it that is coherent with the rest of your story.

Quite good insights and information about how a brain works and what is needed to keep it functioning properly. Perhaps some more context or "reliable" information would be needed since I didn't really know who you are. But there was so much energy coming out of you that was enough to be inspired for the rest of the day!

I think you're great speaker, but the talk itself was not completely what I expected when reading the title or the description.
Not sure how to give helpful feedback on this. I felt like it dit not really fit the conference?

Also I missed "Drink lots and lots of water" :)

Pim Elshoff at 19:24 on 29 Jan 2018

This is definitely a talk worth having, and a topic that makes a great keynote. You're great on stage, though perhaps a little bit too excited for my taste, and judging by the other comments for other attendee's as well. I think it was a tad on the extravert side and with such a huge introvert crowd it didn't land as well as it would with different crowd. You did your research and pointed out stuff developers absolutely need to know if their want a long career and good health. For a 4/5 I would have loved to see more of you first and slides later. With somewhat of a research based talk you're going to get a lot of bullets on slides, but in the moment I'm there for you and your story, and your slides should support and not lead. Tailor it better to the audience and you'd get a 5/5 from me.

Joey at 19:36 on 29 Jan 2018

I really liked the talk. Speaker was very energetic and I actually quite like the standing up. It was a very different way of presenting and definitely the involvement of the crowd was very cool.

I find the human brain a really interesting thing, so it was fun to hear some tips and tricks to help it along. At some points it felt a little bit forced (programmers are lazy people - I just want to sit!) and I'm not sure why the speaker is an authority on the subject. I did think she do well considering she didn't have her notes at hand.

Here's hoping for power naps at work! Also, cute desktop photo.