David Eagleman

Leading neuroscientist discusses his book, Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain, on April 28, 2022, at Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas.

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Presentation. Limited fixed map of the brain; livewired versus plasticity; the brain has 86 billion neurons, each as complicated as city of Houston; cognitive reserve; deaf hearing with their skin; and more. (43:57)

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Q&A with David Eagleman, Aziz Shaibani MD, and Randall Morton. Personal transformation, people born with expanded sensory ability, tapping the unconscious for creativity, advice for self-discovery, and more. (20:01)

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SHORT: Has the pandemic had a widespread effect on our brains? (2:30)

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David Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Stanford University, an international bestselling author, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the writer and presenter of "The Brain," an Emmy-nominated television series. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include sensory substitution, time perception, vision, and synesthesia; he also studies the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system, and in that capacity he directs the Center for Science and Law headquartered in Houston. Eagleman’s other books include The Runaway Species, The Brain, Incognito, and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He is also the author of a widely adopted textbook on cognitive neuroscience, Brain and Behavior, as well as a bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 32 languages, turned into two operas, and named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble. Dr. Eagleman writes for the The Atlantic, The New York Times, Discover magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature. He has been a TED speaker, a guest on "The Colbert Report," and profiled in The New Yorker magazine. He has spun several companies out of his lab, including Neosensory, a company which uses haptics for sensory substitution and addition. He is a graduate of Texas universities Rice and Baylor College of Medicine.

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