Tackling the Greatest Challenge of the 21st Century:
Understanding the Human Brain
Brain science is at a tipping point, entering a new era in which an ever deeper understanding of how the brain works will challenge our very sense of what it means to be human.
Through citizen juries, online discussions, participatory science, and other means, The Brain Dialogue aims to share the journey. And to share it with everyone — opera singer, engineer, CEO, or chef.
We will talk about what we are learning about the human brain, how we are learning it, and what still seems frustratingly unlearnable.
We will contemplate how understanding the human brain, the most complex object in the known universe, will change how we educate our children, mete out justice, or design our roads.
And last, but certainly not least, we will listen to what non-neuroscientists think and feel about this new frontier.
Plasticity is not the only way the brain adapts to produce a different response to the same stimulus
In a nutshell: Brain networks don’t have to change their structure to generate a different response to the same stimulus. Read more
A proposal for Australia’s own national brain project has been put forward by the newly-founded Australian Brain Alliance
In a nutshell: The proposed Australian Brain Initiative plans to catalyse Australian brain science and spur practical innovation Read more
In a nutshell: Difficulty swallowing is confirmed as a way of metering water intake, and the parts of the brain involved are identified. Read more