Brain Series

Brain Series

Wouldn’t it be great if you could eavesdrop on conversations between some of the greatest brain scientists in the world? Now you can, thanks to veteran television journalist Charlie Rose. In his 13-part series on the brain, which premiered in October 2009 and continues through November 2010, Rose and his co-host, Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, along with esteemed neuroscientists, explore a different aspect of the brain in each episode. Recent forays have been into mental illness, anxiety and aging; upcoming topics include decision making and the artistic brain.

The program feels much more like a conversation between enthusiastic intellectuals than a talk show. After watching Rose’s episode on the social brain, we understand why the show’s intimate format feels so rewarding, too. “Our brains are not calculators, where you punch in a bunch of numbers and you get a number out at the end,” Rockefeller University neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann explained. “One of the most important things for us is each other.”

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