Lecture covers brain’s “secret lives”

Eagleman plumbs the depths of the subconscious
Eagleman plumbs the depths of the subconscious

If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing?

David Eagleman will answer that during a free public lecture, “The Secret Lives of the Human Brain,” at 7:30 p.m. March 5 in 182 Lillis Hall, 955 E. 13th Ave.

Our behavior, thoughts, and experiences are inseparably linked to a vast, wet, chemical-electrical network called the nervous system, said Eagleman, a neuroscientist and director of the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine.

Eagleman covers the depths of the subconscious to uncover some of the deepest mysteries about what it means to be a human. He charts new terrain in neuroscience in describing how the many facets of being human all converge on the hidden workings of the human brain.

A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Eagleman holds joint appointments in the departments of neuroscience and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He writes regularly for The New York Times, Wired and Discover, and is a repeat guest on NPR for science and literature.

The lecture will be followed by a book sale and signing and will also be live streamed on the web at ohc.uoregon.edu. For more information, contact ohc@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3934.