Like most of us, the neuroscientist Dr David Eagleman clearly remembers that moment last March when the world began to shut down. “As we went into quarantine, we all thought what a crazy two or three weeks it’s going to be — and here we are, almost a year later.” Living our whole lives essentiallyContinue reading “David weighs in with The Times on what a life online does to your brain”
How can you collect data reflecting the changes in cognitive function that appear when someone has a concussion? BrainCheck combines neuroscience with a mobile platform to gauge changes from baseline.
Why don’t we do what we know we should? Here’s a talk I gave at Stanford Medical School telling why, and what to do about it.
Why do groups of people inflict violence on unarmed neighbors? (Germany, Rwanda, Darfur, Nanking….). Here’s the neuroscience point of view.
The days of thinking of time as a river—evenly flowing, always advancing—are over. Time perception, just like vision, is a construction of the brain.
Well before we understand how brains work, we may find ourselves able to digitally copy the brain’s structure and able to download the conscious mind into a computer. What are the possibilities and challenges?
To the extent that consciousness is useful, it is useful in small quantities, and for very particular kinds of tasks. It’s easy to understand why you would not want to be consciously aware of the intricacies of your muscle movement, but this can be less intuitive when applied to your perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs, which are also final products of the activity of billions of nerve cells.
Read a Q&A with David in New Scientist to find out his ideas and advice to young scientists.
I had the pleasure of being profiled by my favorite magazine, The New Yorker. Read the article here.
I spent an evening speaking at the Rubin Museum in NYC with punk rock legend, writer, and spoken word artist Henry Rollins. We discussed the origin, meaning, neuroscience, and bizarreness of dreams.