Additional Resources

Think Better

Presented by: Katie Pace, Steelcase

Thank you for attending NBS [re]ocon and our presentation of “Think Better”.
We hoped you enjoyed this engaging look into the neuroscience of how our brains work and how we can use this understanding to achieve cognitive wellbeing and optimize our performance. For a copy of the Steelcase 360° publication or the presentation, click the links below.

Steelcase 360°: Think Better (link)

Steelcase Think Better Presentation (pdf)

To learn more about Thinking Better, please see the following apps, books, blogs and more.
If you have further questions, please contact your NBS Representative.


 Lumosity – train your memory and attention. Lumosity is designed by neuroscientists to train memory, focus, attention and more through brain games.

 Mindfulness Daily – Mindfulness Daily is the easiest way to integrate mindfulness into your daily life.  This app guides you through quick, effective practices to reduce stress, improve performance and enhance sleep.

 Happify – cutting-edge science-based activities and games to overcome negative thoughts, anxiety and everyday stress.


 Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long (Amazon link)
David Rock
It’s the story of two people during a day at the office. The book examines what’s happening in their brains that makes work so difficult and strategies to overcome these challenges. It’s based on interviews David conducted with 30 neuroscientists around the world, over the course of four years. The fun part is it’s written as a narrative. Each chapter zooms out to show you not just why things go wrong, but how to be more effective by understanding your brain.

 The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Amazon link)
Daniel J. Levitin
In The Organized Mind, Levitin demonstrates how the Information Age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data, and uses the latest brain science to explain how the brain can organize this flood of information. Levitin then demonstrates methods that readers can use to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time. It answers three fundamental questions: Why does the brain pay attention to some things and not others? Why do we remember some things and not others? And how can we use that knowledge to better organize our home and workplaces, our time, social world, and decision making?

 Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century (Amazon Link)
Cathy N. Davidson
A brilliant combination of science and its real-world application, Now You See It sheds light on one of the greatest problems of our historical moment: our schools and businesses are designed for the last century, not for a world in which technology has reshaped the way we think and learn. 

Blogs & Articles

 Zen Habits
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
It also happens to be one of the Top 25 blogs and Top 50 websites in the world, with more than a million monthly readers, and is uncopyrighted.

 Too Much to Do

 Barking Up The Wrong Tree
This site brings you science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. It’s been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine and Time Magazine. 

 How to stop being lazy and get more done – 5 Expert Tips

 How to Achieve Work-Life Balance in 5 Steps

 How to be Happier Without Really Trying

 U.S. News & World Report

 How to Be More Mindful at Work


 Secrets of Being Happy at your Job
Seeking happiness at work?  Try these simple practices to turn it around. The 5-3-1 happiness challenge includes five minutes of meditation, write down three things that you are grateful for; and lastly do one random act of kindness.  Each day. 

 Try an Easy, 5-Minute Meditation
Dr. Shilagh Mirgain from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds guides us through a mindful focus practice that you can do on your own each day.

 How to Improve Your Concentration and Focus at Work
How many times have you sat at your desk and tried to focus on a task, only to find that your mind is wandering? Despite your best intentions, you just can’t concentrate. We’ve all been in this familiar, frustrating situation, and it’s something that can really undermine your performance.  This video reviews strategies on how to improve your concentration and reduce your daily distractions.