Last winter, Carl Zimmer, a blogger and a columnist for Discover magazine, sat down with four NSF sponsored neuroscientists at Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to discuss the latest in the field and what the latest theories are. Today NSF released sixteen videos of the event, each focusing on a unique topic like “The impact of neuroscience and the legal system”, ” What can music tell us about memory?”, and”Pre-dispositions and Subliminal Messaging”.
Daniel J. Levitin, James McGill Professor of Psychology at McGill University and author of the bestselling book “Your Brain on Music” Michael Gazzaniga, director of the Sage Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California and author of the new book “Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique” Rebecca Saxe, Carole Middleton Career Development Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT Samuel Wang, associate professor of neuroscience at Princeton University and author of “Welcome to Your Brain”
In addition to presenting insights from their work, the experts also provide a unique perspective into the advances being made in the field of neuroscience and the many exciting and challenging implications they hold. For example, if brain scans can tell whether a person is lying or if types of violence and criminal behavior can be traced to specific abnormalities in the brain, what does that mean for our justice system? As Gazzaniga puts it in one of the videos, “Is neuroscience painting a picture of the nature of the human condition in such a way that concepts of punishment take on new meaning?”
Link to the videos: Unlocking the Secrets and Powers of the Brain