Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

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Event Description - Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

The MIT Alumni Association and swissnex Boston in conjunction with the MIT Club of Boston and the ETH Alumni New England Chapter invite you to very special presentation by MIT Professor Sebastian Seung on his exciting new book:

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Connectome:

How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

And Benjamin Bollmann, an ETH alumnus who is a science journalist at the Geneva-based press agency LargeNetwork and curator of Brain Forest, a webpage that is part of the Connectome site.

Date:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Where:

Broad Institute Auditorium
7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
(corner of Main and Ames in Kendall Square)

Time:

6:00 p.m. Doors open/registration
6:30 p.m. Talk
7:30 p.m. Reception with food and wine
9:00 p.m. End of program

Sebastian Seung will take us into an exciting and emerging understanding of where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience – where nature meets nurture. This is a monumental undertaking that maps the brains connections neuron by neuron, and synapse by synapse. By giving us a better understanding of the brain’s wiring, and its impacts on personality, intelligence, memory, and potentially on mental disorders.

Benjamin Bollmann will take us on a visually stunning journey, showcasing images of neurons and the brain and explaining how scientists proceed to create them. These images illustrate the striking beauty and complexity of the minds’ substrate – the connectome. Bollmann also curated the successful "Neural Architectures" exhibition.

Praise for Connectome:

"...the best lay book on brain science I've ever read." -- Wall Street Journal by Daniel Levitin, Professor at McGill University and author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs.

To learn more about Connectome, visit http://connectomethebook.com.

Learn more about EyeWire, a new project that enlists "citizen scientists" to help map neural connections of the retina.

 
Contact Information
Primary Contact
MIT Alumni Learn

617-452-3373
alumnilearn@mit.edu
 
Date & Location
Date: 3/21/2012
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Broad Institute Auditorium

7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
(corner of Main and Ames in Kendall Square)