Conversations About Neuroscience



Conversations About Neuroscience is now available in electronic format and paperback format on all major booksellers, including:

This Ideas Roadshow Collection includes the following 5 Ideas Roadshow Conversations plus a detailed preface highlighting the connections between the different books. Each individual book is broken into chapters with a detailed introduction and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Constructing Our World: The Brain’s-Eye View – A conversation with Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University. This extensive conversation explores Lisa Feldman Barrett’s fascinating research on how the brain works and the development of her theory of emotion: every moment of our life, our brain is anticipating and making sense of sensory inputs from its environment-the combination of the internal environment of the body and the external environment-and our brain uses conceptual knowledge to do that.

II. Knowing One’s Place: Space and the Brain – A Conversation with Jennifer Groh, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. This wide-ranging conversation examines Jennifer Groh’s extensive research on how the brain combines various streams of sensory input to determine where things are, together with the corresponding implications for a wide range of issues, from neuroplasticity to our predictive brain to evolutionary mechanisms.

III. Vision and Perception – A Conversation with Kalanit Grill-Spector, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. This conversation explores how functional imaging techniques are used to visualize the brain in action and how it functions to recognize people, objects and places. Kalanit also discusses how the anatomical and functional properties of the brain change from infancy to childhood through adulthood, and how this development is related to improved visual recognition abilities.

IV. Investigating Intelligence – A conversation with John Duncan, Professor of Neuroscience at University of Cambridge. What is intelligence and what does IQ testing tell us? Can intelligence be measured and improved? What role does our frontal lobe play in executive control? John Duncan has rigorously investigated these types of issues for years and this conversation covers all those questions plus topics such as impairments following brain damage, functional brain imaging, and the brain basis for attention, intelligence and cognitive control.

V. Minds and Machines – A conversation with Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neuroscience at Duke University. This thought-provoking conversation dives into Miguel Nicolelis’ extensive research for over 20 years now and how he has been blurring the line between science fiction and science fact, developing increasingly sophisticated ways of harnessing the thoughts of rats, monkeys and humans to drive mechanical devices in the rapidly emerging field of brain-machine interfaces.


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Conversations About Neuroscience consists of 5 Ideas Roadshow Conversations with world-leading neuroscientists Lisa Feldman Barrett (Northeastern), Jennifer Groh (Duke), Kalanit Grill-Spector (Stanford), John Duncan (Cambrdige) and Miguel Nicolelis (Duke).