Dr. Kiki's Science Hour 51

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Dr. Kiki's Science Hour
Episode 51


  • Dale Purves, Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University

Dr. Dale Purves is Professor of Neurobiology, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Philosophy at Duke University. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of an internship and assistant residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Purves was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and subsequently in the Department of Biophysics at University College London. He joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1973 where he was Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and came to Duke in 1990 as the founding chair of the Department of Neurobiology in the School of Medicine. From 2003 to 2009 he was Director of Duke’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and is now Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Disorders Program of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.

For over 50 years, the world's most brilliant neuroscientists have struggled to understand how human brains work. Dale Purves, a preeminent neuroscientist himself and author of several other books and leading textbooks in the field, argues that the dominant research agenda today may have taken us as far as it can, and that a paradigm shift may be imminent. Purves is the Professor of Neurobiology, Psychology, and Brain Sciences and Philosophy at Duke University.

In his newest book, Brains: How They Seem to Work (FT Press Science, ISBN-13: 9780137055098, $39.99, 320 pps., hardcover, May 2010), Purves guides readers on a journey through a half-century of the most influential ideas in neuroscience and introduces the extraordinary scientists and physicians who created and tested them.

The book assesses the paths neuroscience research has taken and an alternative approach to thinking about brains and their purposes. Building on new research on visual perception, Purves shows why common ideas about brain networks can’t be right, describing how our subjective experience is actually produced.


Kiki and Dr. Dale Purves talk about Dr. Purves's book: Brains: How They Seem to Work




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- http://www.ftpress.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0137055099

- http://www.purveslab.net

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Purves

- http://www.med.harvard.edu/AANLIB/home.html

- http://eyemakeart.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/eye-brain.jpg

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