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Decoding the Brain

Thursday, April 14, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

How does the brain retrieve memories, articulate words, and focus attention? Recent advances have provided a newfound ability to decipher, sharpen, and adjust electrical signals relevant to speech, attention, memory and emotion. Join Brian Greene and leading neuroscientists György Buzsáki, Edward Chang, Michael Halassa, Michael Kahana and Helen Mayberg for a thrilling exploration of how scientists are learning to decode and even repair the brain’s neural networks, in their audacious efforts to reveal the mysteries of the human mind.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their breakthrough discoveries in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience – topics covered in the series “The Big, the Small, and the Complex.” This series is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Michael Halassa

Michael Halassa is the Class of 1958 Career Development Professor at MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and is also an associate investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain …

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Edward Chang

Edward Chang is the Joan and Sanford Weill chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He co-directs the Center for Neuroengineering and Prostheses, …

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Michael Kahana

Michael Kahana is the Edmund J. and Louise W, Kahn Term Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the principal investigator at the university’s Computational Memory …

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Helen Mayberg

Helen Mayberg is the director of the Center of Advanced Circuit Therapeutics and a professor of neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount …

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György Buzsáki

Gyorgy Buzsaki is the Biggs Professor of Neuroscience at the New York University School of Medicine. He is the author of The Brain From Inside Out, in which he proposes …

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