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David J. Linden, Ed Connor, Amy Bastian: Think Tank

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Think Tank is a spirited collection of essays by cutting-edge neuroscientists that irreverently explores the quirky and counterintuitive aspects of brain function. Join us for an evening of conversation with the volume’s editor, David Linden, and Dr. Ed Connor and Dr. Amy Bastian.

Neuroscientist Linden approached leading brain researchers and asked each the same question: “What idea about brain function would you most like to explain to the world?”

Their responses make up this one-of-a-kind collection of popular science essays that seeks to expand our knowledge of the human mind and its possibilities. The contributors, whose areas of expertise include human behavior, molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, and comparative anatomy, address a host of fascinating topics ranging from personality and perception to learning and beauty to love and sex. The manner in which individual experiences can dramatically change our brains’ makeup is explored. Professor Linden and his contributors open a new window onto the fascinating landscape of the human mind and into the cutting-edge world of neuroscience with an enlightening compilation that both science students and laypersons alike will find accessible and enjoyable.

David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage, recovery of function after brain injury and a few other topics.  He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and served for many years as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.  He is the author of three bestselling books on the biology of behavior for a general audience, The Accidental Mind and The Compass of Pleasure which, to date, have been translated into 19 languages. His most recent book is Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

Dr. Ed Connor is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has served as director of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute since 2007. His research examines object synthesis in the higher-level visual cortex.

Dr. Connor obtained his PhD in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins in 1989. After postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology and Washington University, he joined the Hopkins Neuroscience Department in 1996.

Dr. Amy Bastian is the chief science officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a role in which she identifies and promotes new directions for breakthrough research into the developing brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. She is also director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory that studies the neural control of human movement. Dr. Bastian is a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.







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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop
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Baltimore, MD 21209

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