Ben chats with David Eagleman, author of the international bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Eagleman’s lab mainly studies the ways our brains encode sensory perceptions – but as you’ll hear, he’s also fascinated by questions on the nature of consciousness, synesthesia, meaning and representation, and even the potential development of new human senses.
Eagleman starts by talking about his new paper on overlearned sequences (word lists like days of the week or months of the year), but he also describes some findings in a 2009 paper he authored. Both papers are available for free online, and they’re intriguing to read.
Oh, and here’s a diagram that may come in handy as you’re listening. It might look a little confusing now, but it’s actually a nice visual aid as we dig into the details of Eagleman’s research. Just click for a bigger version.
Now sit back, relax, and get ready to have your mind blown.
Enjoy, and feel free to email us questions and suggestions for next time!
(Produced by Devin O’Neill )