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Ekaterina Vinnik

Neuroscience of behavioural change

Theme: Approach/school/theory
Area: Coaching
Type: Research and how to apply it in practice
Keywords: Neuroscience, research, coaching

Session on Wednesday, Jul 11th, 11:50
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The first part of the workshop will explore neural mechanisms of insight and the intricate interplay between circuits of the brain generating goal-directed actions and their counterpart – habitual actions. Join me if you are curious about:
– Mechanisms of insight, in particular how ensembles of brain cells suddenly change the patterns of their activity when a new behavioural strategy emerges;
– How habitual and goal-directed actions are generated by brain networks that coexist in both striatum and pre-frontal cortex.

After the Q&A session we’ll proceed to the second part of the workshop. Stay with me, if you value evidence when incorporating new tools and methods in everyday coaching and mentoring practice. I’ll talk about:
– A replication crisis: why in psychology only 36% of findings in high-impact journals turn positive in an independent test? What are the human factors that drive this replication crisis in research throughout medicine, life and social sciences? Why is it important for coaching?
– What do scientific communities do to address it and ensure that new policies and techniques are truly effective?

This talk will yield floor to the audience to discuss interplay between research and practice in coaching and mentoring.


Dr Ekaterina Vinnik is a trained neuroscientist and a coach. She is motivated by a strong belief that psychological aspects are pivotal to the success in science. Awareness of researchers’ inner psychological processes together with adopting best practices of coaching and mentoring may increase research quality and scientists’ well-being.

Through the prism of her research experience (M.D., Ph.D., research papers, several awarded grants including a primary investigator grant, participation in two European projects) Ekaterina uses coaching techniques as a part of toolkit to facilitate change in scientific environments.

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