Meet Our Speaker

Susan Magsamen
Susan Magsamen

Executive Director, International Arts + Mind Lab, Pedersen Brain Science Institute, Johns Hopkins University

The Convergence of Science, Design and Architecture

Panelist Susan Magsamen is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab
(IAM Lab), a pioneering neuroaesthetics initiative from the Brain Science Institute at Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain
sciences and the arts—and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify
human potential.

Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to
accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. In addition
to her role at IAM Lab, she also serves as co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint project in
partnership with the Aspen Institute.
Prior to founding IAM Lab, Magsamen worked in both the private and public sector, developing
social impact programs and products addressing all stages of life—from early childhood to
aging adulthood. Magsamen created Curiosityville, an online personalized learning world,
acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014 and Curiosity Kits, a hands-on multi-sensory
company, acquired by Torstar in 1995.

An award-winning author, Magsamen has published seven books including The Classic Treasury
of Childhood Wonder, The 10 Best of Everything Families, and Family Stories.
Magsamen is a Fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts and a strategic advisor to several
innovative organizations and initiatives, including the Academy of Neuroscience for
Architecture, the American Psychological Association, the National Association for the
Education of Young Children, Brain Futures, Learning Landscapes, and Creating Healthy
Communities: Arts + Public Health in America.


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