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.
In a nutshell: In-phase or anti-phase electrical stimulation of the brain’s hemispheres does not affect the ability to track objects moving between the left and right fields of vision. Read more
In a nutshell: A newly identified brain circuit reignites the fear response, even after treatment to suppress it. Read more
In a nutshell: The distribution of highly active cells in the brain’s visual processing area reveals similarities between humans and other primates. Read more