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Suzana Herculano-Houzel


Suzana Herculano-Houzel, PhD, is a biologist and neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, where she is associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on what different brains are made of, how that matters in terms of cognition, energy cost, and longevity, and how the human brain is remarkable, but not special, in its makeup. She is the author of The Human Advantage (MIT Press, 2016), in which she tells the story of her discoveries on how many neurons different species have—and how the number of neurons in the cerebral cortex of humans is the largest of them all, thanks to the calories amassed with a very early technology developed by our ancestors: cooking. She spoke at TEDGlobal 2013 and TEDxNashville 2018 and is an avid communicator of science to the general public.

Past Programs Featuring Suzana Herculano-Houzel

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday, May 30, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm