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Rewiring the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Neuroplasticity

Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Leading researchers in the arena of human enhancement are turning-back the clock by reopening “critical windows” for cognitive and physical development that until recently seemed to permanently close after childhood. Brian Greene talks with neuroscientists Takao Hensch and John Krakauer and entrepreneur Brett Wingeier about the promise of tools including pharmaceuticals, transcranial stimulation, even video games to rewire our brains for healing depression, reversing brain damage, propelling us to run faster, jump higher, pick up new instruments or languages. But might the magic bullet of acquiring superhuman abilities come at too high a cost?

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


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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John KrakauerNeuroscientist

John Krakauer has pioneered the use of immersive gaming to heal the physical effects of brain damage. He is the John C. Malone Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Physical Medicine …

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Takao HenschNeuroscientist

Takao Hensch has done groundbreaking research in understanding “critical windows” in the brain, and reopening them for therapeutic purposes. He is a Professor of Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard …

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Brett WingeierEntrepreneur

Brett Wingeier has over two decades of experience in the neuromodulation industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Magnus Medical, a medical device company developing brain stimulation …

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