Commonwealth National Podcast

Sebastian Seung: Connectome (2/13/12)

Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Author, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival - Moderator

Are we simply the products of our genes? Seung says otherwise. The MIT professor has found what he calls the nexus of nature and nurture: the network of connections between neurons in the human brain. He will take you inside his ambitious quest to model what he calls the Connectome, which, if successful, would uncover the basis of personality, intelligence, memory and disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. McGill University Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences Daniel Levitin wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Connectome is "the best lay book on brain science I've ever read."