Rebecca Schwarzlose | Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain—And How They Guide You
June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join author Rebecca Schwarzlose in a conversation with Saher Alam about Brainscapes – a book that combines unforgettable real-life stories, cutting-edge research, and vivid illustrations to reveal brain maps’ surprising lessons about our place in the world—and about the world’s place within us.
Each ticket includes free attendance to the talk. You will receive an email to access the link in the days leading up to the event. Please note that this book does not go on sale until June 15th; we are unable to distribute copies before that date.
About the Book
“A profoundly illuminating account of how the brain works … Rebecca Schwarzlose is a neuroscientist with a novelist’s literary flair.”—Cass R. Sunstein, author of Too Much Information
A path-breaking journey into the brain, showing how perception, thought, and action are products of maps etched into your gray matter—and how technology can use them to read your mind.
Your brain is a collection of maps. That is no metaphor: scrawled across your brain’s surfaces are actual maps of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Scientists first began uncovering these maps over a century ago, but we are only now beginning to unlock their secrets—and comprehend their profound impact on our lives. Brain maps distort and shape our experience of the world, support complex thought, and make technology-enabled mind reading a modern-day reality, which raises important questions about what is real, what is fair, and what is private. They shine a light on our past and our possible futures. In the process, they invite us to view ourselves from a startling new perspective.
About the Author
REBECCA SCHWARZLOSE is a neuroscientist at Washington University in Saint Louis. She holds a PhD in neuroscience from MIT and has served as chief editor of the scholarly journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. She lives in Saint Louis.
Saher Alam is the author of the novel The Groom to Have Been, which won the 2008 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She has a Master of Arts (specializing in fiction) from the Creative Writing Program at Boston University, and she completed her undergraduate study at Princeton University.