Tara Swart

Senior Lecturer


Tara Swart Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, medical doctor, author, executive advisor and Faculty at MIT Sloan. She is passionate about teaching practical neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and their lives.

She holds a BSc in Biomedical Science and PhD in Neuropharmacology from Kings College, London and an MD from Oxford University.

Tara is lead author of the award winning book 'Neuroscience for Leadership' and her new book ’The Source' is a UK best seller. It is available in the USA from October 2019.

Faculty Media

  • These 4 ‘Harmless’ Habits Are Sapping Your Brain Power

    In this article, neuroscientist Tara Swart argues that snacking and comparing yourself to someone else can lessen your cognitive functions.

  • Beat Jetlag With These Neuroscience Hacks

    Tips from Dr. Tara Swart, based on neuroscience, on how to proactively avoid jetlag when you travel.

  • Why Leaders Must Harness The 'Wild Horses' Of Emotion

    Dr. Tara Swart discusses why working on emotional self-awareness, and honing your ability to accurately ‘read’ and respond to the emotions of others, is a sound strategic investment for your career.

  • Want To Make Better Decisions?

    Dr. Tara Swart reveals that the secret to better decision-making may be a gut check.

  • This Is A Visualization Exercise That Actually Works According To Neuroscience

    Many self-help books and gurus tout visualization as the key to their success. Is it effective? Dr. Tara Swart says yes, provided that you harness your brain appropriately.

  • Why Neuroscientist Tara Swart Recommends 12 Minutes of Mindfulness a Day

    Dr. Tara Swart explains how a short mindfulness session could make a huge difference to time-strapped leaders and their staff.

  • How To Tap Into Abundant Leadership

    Is a business better off if it’s led by somebody who sees choice and opportunity everywhere, taking an abundant view of life, or does pessimism hold any advantage? Dr. Tara Swart discusses in her...

  • [Podcast]: How to Open Your Mind and Change Your Life

    Neuroscientist and executive coach, Dr Tara Swart, explains how we can all take back control of our lives by training our brains to create the life we want to live in this podcast.

  • The Key To Resilience And Agility In Business

    Dr. Tara Swart discusses how re-evaluating the values and culture of a business to stay relevant in a changing world will improve its ability to pivot and sustain success in any industry.

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Tara Swart Suggests Increasing "Myelination" in Your Organization

    What do the human brain and a large business have in common? More than you think, according to Dr. Tara Swart.


Contact Information

Email: Swart@mit.edu
Website: http://www.taraswart.com/
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Neuroscience for Leadership Oct 3-4, 2019 | Mar 26-27, 2020 | Oct 15-16, 2020

Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People Oct 8-9, 2019 | Mar 31-Apr 1, 2020 | Oct 20-21, 2020


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.