In this episode, we look at the human brain, one of the most fascinating and important objects in existence, and also one of the hardest to study. The guests are Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus of neuroscience at the University of California at San Francisco, who has won many awards and honors for his work and who is especially well known for his research in brain plasticity, and Dr. Simon Tan, clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at Stanford Medical Center who specializes in the diagnosis of developmental, psychiatric and neurologic disorders and also maintains a private practice in neuropsychology. Topics discussed include recent advances in neuroscience, the difference between “brain” and “mind”, common mental impairments, the untapped potentials of the mind, and the nature of thought, consciousness and intelligence. Martin Wasserman hosts.
Divided into 3 shorter segments
Segment 1 Discussion with Dr. Michael Merzenich about recent advances in neuroscience
Segment 2 Discussion with Dr. Simon Tan about clinical diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
Segment 3 Discussion about the mind’s untapped potentials, and the nature of thought, consciousness and intelligence