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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - Evening Program
The Science of Lockdown: What Happens to Our Brains in Isolation?
David Eagleman

Our brain spends years building a model of the outside world—and that’s what allows it to operate so effectively. But what happens when our model breaks down—like when we unable to make good predictions about what tomorrow will bring. Acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman answers the questions we are all wondering during self-isolation. Why we are having such a hard time thinking into the distant future? Why is it so difficult to keep track of how much time has actually passed? Eagleman even reveals the surprising ways the pandemic is actually good for our brain plasticity, as well as some practical tips for how to manage these uncertain times from a neuroscience point of view.

Photo credit: Stephanie Berger

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a bestselling author. He heads the Center for Science and Law, a national non-profit institute, and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He is best known for his work on sensory substitution, time perception, brain plasticity, synesthesia, and neurolaw.

Scientific advisor on HBO’s Westworld, host of the documentary The Creative Brain, now streaming on Netflix, and host of PBS’ Emmy-nominated series The Brain, Eagleman has published over 100 academic publications and many popular books. His bestselling book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, explores the neuroscience "under the hood" of the conscious mind: all the aspects of neural function to which we have no awareness or access. His work of fiction, SUM, is an international bestseller published in 28 languages and turned into two operas.

Among many accolades, Eagleman is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim Fellow, a winner of the McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, vice-chair on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Neuroscience & Behavior, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, chief scientific advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He has served as an academic editor for several scientific journals and was named science educator of the year by the Society for Neuroscience. 

View Dr. Eagleman's video.

Photo credit: Stephanie Berger

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