Tara Swart

Senior Lecturer


Tara Swart Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives.

Swart has authored or co-authored over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT.

She holds a BsC in Biomedical Science and PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College London, and a BM BcH in Medicine from Oxford University.

Faculty Media

  • 3 Simple Habits That Can Protect Your Brain from Cognitive Decline

    How adopting specific lifestyle behaviors – even in your fifties and beyond – can have a tangible effect on how well you age.

  • Brain Gain: The Source Is a Mind Manual That Might Just Change Your Life

    You can always get what you want... as long as you're prepared to abandon your inner cynic.

  • How to Train Your Brain to Make Your Dreams Come True

    Neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart reveals the simple mind tricks that could turn your life around.

  • How to Make Better Lifestyle Choices

    Tara Swart advises on how we can best deal with all the expectations we place on ourselves and others in this article for Harpers Bazaar.

  • Legacy Code And The Other AI

    Dr. Swart discusses the implications of legacy code and its impact on the complex ecosystems in any business of any size.

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp During the Holidays

    This December, introduce some “holiday-proofing” measures to keep your brain in a not-so-depleted shape.

  • The 5 Bad Brain Habits You Need to Change

    While certain practices seem productive in theory, they’re more likely to hamper your brain function rather than boost it. Here are 5 of those common habits, and what you can do instead to boost...

  • How to Spot a Successful Team

    Dr. Tara Swart explains in this Forbes article how to use the Organizational Plasticity Index to rate and reboot your work relationships.

  • Why Business Is Like the Brain

    This article is the first in what will be a series of posts by Dr. Tara Swart for Forbes about Organizational Plasticity and Epi-Cultures. Plasticity in organizational terms, and based on cognitive...

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Overcoming Discord Means Getting Beyond Survival Instincts

    Tara Swart has a theory about how some of our basic survival instincts have resulted in this widespread political rancor—and how to get beyond it.


Contact Information

Email: Swart@mit.edu
Website: http://www.taraswart.com/
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Are Leaders Born or Made?
Dr. Tara Swart is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience in business. In this podcast, she discusses the importance of neuroscience in business today, how it can benefit companies, and its application in developing the current and next generation of leaders.