Adam Gazzaley

Adam Gazzaley is a neuroscientist, neurologist, inventor, author, photographer, entrepreneur and investor.

I am grateful to have discovered many diverse passions in life, each an opportunity to try to make this world a better place. I hope you enjoy watching them evolve.

– Adam Gazzaley


Adam and Akili co-founder’s Eddie Martucci and Matt Omernick Named in Newsweek’s 2021 Inaugural list of America’s Greatest Disruptors

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Science & Invention

Science has been central to Adam’s life since early childhood. Over the last decade, technological innovation has complemented his scientific research. The major platforms for advancing science and invention have been as Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape at UCSF and co-Founder / Board Member / Chief Science Advisor at Akili.

Founder and Executive Director

Neuroscape is a translational neuroscience center at UCSF engaged in both technology development and scientific research to advance cutting-edge technologies as novel brain assessment and optimization tools.


Co-Founder, Board of Directors, Chief Science Advisor

Akili is a digital medicine company combining scientific and clinical rigor with the ingenuity of the tech industry to reinvent medicine.


CoFounder and Chief Science Advisor

Sensync was a media and technology company that created the world’s first Sensory Immersion Vessel, combining visuals, sounds, touch and smell to deliver an unparalleled multi-sensory experience as a Deep Brain Massage.


Sharing his scientific discoveries and unique perspectives on the brain, mind, nature and humanity has been core to Adam’s mission. Over the last two decades, he has been a prolific writer and speaker; delivering over 700 keynotes on six continents, publishing over 170 scientific articles, and contributing to dozens of podcasts, interviews, mashups and documentaries.

The Cognition Crisis

The Cognition Crisis

– Medium Jul 2018

Remedies for the Distracted Mind

– Behavioral Scientist Jan 2018

Taking Control of Your Distracted Mind

Taking Control of Your Distracted Mind

– Thrive Global Nov 2016


17 Feb 2016

Can video games help aging brains stay young?

The TODAY Show
10 Feb 2017

Driven to Distraction: Can Too Much Technology Hurt Your Brain

The TODAY Show
17 Jun 2020

FDA approves video game for treating ADHD in kids

Good Morning America


THE DISTRACTED MIND Ancient Brains in a High Tech World

A book explaining why our brains are so distractable, how technology aggravates it, and how to live better in a high-tech world without giving up modern technology.

*Winner of 2017 PROSE Award in the category of Biomedicine and Neuroscience

Gazzaley and Rosen’s work is brilliant and practical, just what we need in these techno-human times.

– Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

Adam explores the impact that distraction and multi-tasking has on our safety, memory, education, careers and personal lives.This video delves deeply into attention, distraction, the myth of multi-tasking, and how to use the latest research to possibly improve our skills and abilities at any point during our lives.


Adam has been inspired to reach beyond his scientific research goals and expand the breadth of his artistic and entrepreneurial contributions.


Since 1998, Adam has been traveling the world, seeking beauty in nature and capturing and sharing his experiences. This passion led to the creation of Wanderings and its website,

His sincere hope is that his photography helps people to step out of the burdens of everyday experience and inspire them to engage with nature as a transformative tool to better their lives.


A synapse is a space.

A connecting space that binds neurons to form the extraordinary neural network that is our brain.

Just as a synapse creates something more than a collection of individual neurons, our hope is that synapse connects people, binding the network that is our community.

Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita
Hills. 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018 – 2021


Adam recognized an opportunity to increase the extent of his contributions by advising companies and organizations whose goals align with his own. 

Previous Engagements:

  • Apple
  • Nielsen
  • GE
  • Fitstar
  • Deloitte
  • Janseen
  • PepsiCo
  • Nintendo
  • Sync Project
  • President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition


JAZZ Venture Partners
Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor

The leading venture capital firm focused on technologies that enhance human performance. JAZZ VP partners with visionary entrepreneurs building companies at the intersection of digital technology and neuroscience — extending the boundaries of human performance and optimizing how we live, learn, train, work, and experience the world.


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