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Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel to Speak at UCLA on Bridging Mind, Brain and Culture

Category: Memory and Cognition

Date

Thu, November 14, 2013
4:00PM
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Location

Auditorium at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Event Description

Dr. Eric R. Kandel, a seminal figure in neuroscience and winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, will deliver UCLA's inaugural Leo Rangell Lecture on Thursday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Kandel's presentation, "Bridging Mind, Brain, and Culture," will begin with a discussion of the art and artists of early-1900s Vienna, leading into an examination of our modern understanding of the human mind. His talk is based on his 2012 book, "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present," which explores the interplay among art, psychology and neuroscience.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Overflow will be accommodated in the Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium. R.S.V.P. online: https://eventsrsvp.ucla.edu/rangell

Kandel is the 2013 Leo Rangell Visiting Scholar at UCLA and the Kavli Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Columbia University. For more than five decades, he has conducted groundbreaking research on learning and memory. He was the first to show that memory is encoded not in individual neurons or cells but in the brain's neuronal circuits and that learning produces changes in behavior by modifying the strength of connections between nerve cells. More recently, he has studied memory disorders and mental illness.

The Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment, a project of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was named in honor of Rangell (1913–2011), a longtime UCLA professor who was a leading American psychoanalyst, writer, teacher and charismatic leader in his field. The endowment was made possible through the generous support of Stewart and Lynda Resnick.
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