Bruce Hood Keynote Speaker

  • Award-winning experimental psychologist
  • Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society, University of Bristol
  • Author, "The Domesticated Brain" (2014)

Bruce Hood's Biography

Bruce Hood investigates cognitive processes behind the mind, consciousness, brain development and adult magical thinking. He is also known for looking at the origins of superstitious beliefs in children.

A specialist in developmental cognitive neuroscience, Bruce is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology in Society in the School of Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol. He has been a research fellow at Cambridge University and University College London, a visiting scientist at MIT and a faculty professor at Harvard.

Having appeared in many science documentaries, he also presented the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures entitled Meet Your Brain, which was broadcast on the BBC to over 4 million people.

Bruce has written three popular science books for the general public: “SuperSense” (2009), published in 12 countries, focuses on the natural origins of supernatural beliefs; “The Self Illusion” (2012) argues that we are not coherent, integrated individuals but rather a constructed narrative largely influenced by those around us; and his latest book, “The Domesticated Brain” (2014), explores the relationship between the brain and social behaviour, and looks for clues as to origins and operations of the mechanisms that keep us bound together.

In recognition for his work, Bruce has been awarded an Alfred Sloan Fellowship in neuroscience, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Infancy Researchers, the Robert Fantz memorial award and voted to Fellowship status by the society of American Psychological Science. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Biology (UK) and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Read More

Videos of Bruce Hood

The Brain's Greatest Con Trick (2013)
The Brain's Greatest Con Trick (2013)
Bruce Hood on the Domesticated Brain (2014)
Bruce Hood on the Domesticated Brain (2014)

Check Bruce Hood's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Charlotte Clymer Speaker
    Exclusive
    Charlotte Clymer
    Transgender woman & Former Press Secretary, The Human Rights Campaign
    Harper Reed
    Harper Reed Speaker
    Exclusive
    Harper Reed
    Chief Technology Officer, Obama For America 2012
    Ann Romney Speaker
    Exclusive
    Ann Romney
    Best-selling Author & Former First Lady of Massachusetts
    Dr John C. Hulsman Speaker
    Exclusive
    Dr John C. Hulsman
    Top Geopolitical Analyst
    Mike Berners-Lee Speaker
    Exclusive
    Mike Berners-Lee
    Expert and author on climate change and sustainability
    Jeffrey Hollender Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeffrey Hollender
    Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Expert
    Olaf Groth Speaker
    Exclusive
    Olaf Groth
    Expert on Disruptive Technology Trends & Futures
    Bill Walshe Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bill Walshe
    Chief Executive Officer, Viceroy Hotel Group
    Jeff Benedict Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jeff Benedict
    Best-Selling Author & Special Features Writer, Sports Illustrated
    Joel Salatin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Joel Salatin
    Sustainability & Food Policy Expert