Poet and cognitive scientist, Pireeni Sundaralingam explores how poetry plays a central role in our species’ resilience, from strengthening attentional systems to countering rigid mind-sets and catalyzing innovation. During these distracted and challenging times, what can we gain from poetry’s interplay of line breaks & silence?
Pireeni Sundaralingam is a behavior change scientist and poet, exploring the connections between the brain, human resilience, and creative inquiry. A former advisor to the Irish government, she has led research on society & behavior change for organizations such as Center for Humane Technology (including advising on the documentary “The Social Dilemma”) and Studio Olafur Eliasson; as Principal Advisor on Human Potential for the United Nations Museum she helped mobilize climate action with communities around the world. As a poet, her work has been published in over two dozen literary journals, translated into 5 languages and she has just been appointed Poet Laureate, serving as an “interdisciplinary catalyst” to bring together arts and science thinking at Oxford University’s oldest college.