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Senior TED Fellow and author of Animal Madness.

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Senior TED Fellow Laurel Braitman is a science historian studying animal emotion and behavior. Her forthcoming book, Animal Madness, draws evidence from around the world to show how humans and animals are deeply similar when it comes to losing our minds, and finding them again.

Laurel Braitman's book Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Show Us the Wildness of Our Own Minds, will be published in June 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Inspired by her dog Oliver's debilitating separation anxiety and aggression, Braitman embarked on a journey around the world to study emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them. Her research led her to a remarkable and moving discovery—understanding distressed animals can help us better understand ourselves. Her story was featured in a BBC Future Thinking documentary (the video is embedded above). MIT Ph.D. in the history of science, Braitman is a contributing writer for Pop Up Magazine, The New Inquiry, Orion, and a variety of other publications. She is a Senior TED Fellow and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

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  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Show Us the Wildness of Our Own Minds

    Laurel Braitman spent years studying animals, first as a biology major and then later as a PhD student at MIT. But it was her own dog Oliver that taught her something new about animal behavior. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see and ate Ziploc bags; he suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Through caring for Oliver, Braitman was forced to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that she'd never come across in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds, and when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness. Thankfully, all of us can heal. Compelled to travel the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, Braitman discovered stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, polar bears that stop swimming in circles, traumatized elephants that form soothing friendships, and great apes that benefit from human psychiatrists. In this moving talk, she explains how these animals recover the same way we do: with love, with medicine, with behavior therapy, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why they suffer and what can make them feel better.

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Laurel Braitman

Senior TED Fellow and author of Animal Madness.

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Laurel Braitman Biography

Senior TED Fellow Laurel Braitman is a science historian studying animal emotion and behavior. Her forthcoming book, Animal Madness, draws evidence from around the world to show how humans and animals are deeply similar when it comes to losing our minds, and finding them again.

Laurel Braitman's book Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Show Us the Wildness of Our Own Minds, will be published in June 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Inspired by her dog Oliver's debilitating separation anxiety and aggression, Braitman embarked on a journey around the world to study emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them. Her research led her to a remarkable and moving discovery—understanding distressed animals can help us better understand ourselves. Her story was featured in a BBC Future Thinking documentary (the video is embedded above). MIT Ph.D. in the history of science, Braitman is a contributing writer for Pop Up Magazine, The New Inquiry, Orion, and a variety of other publications. She is a Senior TED Fellow and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Laurel Braitman Videos

  • TED Talk : Laurel Braitman

Laurel Braitman Speaking Topics

  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Show Us the Wildness of Our Own Minds

    Laurel Braitman spent years studying animals, first as a biology major and then later as a PhD student at MIT. But it was her own dog Oliver that taught her something new about animal behavior. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see and ate Ziploc bags; he suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Through caring for Oliver, Braitman was forced to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that she'd never come across in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds, and when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness. Thankfully, all of us can heal. Compelled to travel the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, Braitman discovered stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, polar bears that stop swimming in circles, traumatized elephants that form soothing friendships, and great apes that benefit from human psychiatrists. In this moving talk, she explains how these animals recover the same way we do: with love, with medicine, with behavior therapy, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why they suffer and what can make them feel better.

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  • How to book Laurel Braitman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Laurel Braitman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Laurel Braitman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Laurel Braitman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Laurel Braitman?

    Booking fees for Laurel Braitman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Laurel Braitman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Laurel Braitman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Laurel Braitman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Laurel Braitman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Laurel Braitman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Laurel Braitman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Laurel Braitman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Laurel Braitman for your event is available upon request. Laurel Braitman generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dyan "The Penguin Lady" deNapoli, Dr. Tierney Thys, Dr. Jane Goodall, Danielle Lee and Nick Jans. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Laurel Braitman for an upcoming event.

Laurel Braitman Speaker Videos

  • TED Talk : Laurel Braitman

Laurel Braitman Speaking Topics

  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Show Us the Wildness of Our Own Minds

    Laurel Braitman spent years studying animals, first as a biology major and then later as a PhD student at MIT. But it was her own dog Oliver that taught her something new about animal behavior. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see and ate Ziploc bags; he suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Through caring for Oliver, Braitman was forced to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that she'd never come across in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds, and when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness. Thankfully, all of us can heal. Compelled to travel the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, Braitman discovered stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, polar bears that stop swimming in circles, traumatized elephants that form soothing friendships, and great apes that benefit from human psychiatrists. In this moving talk, she explains how these animals recover the same way we do: with love, with medicine, with behavior therapy, and above all, with the knowledge that someone understands why they suffer and what can make them feel better.

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