The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman

The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Caption: David Eagleman at the Blue Brain project in Lausanne, Switzerland

Credit: Courtesy of Blink Films

Join WXXI for a special preview screening of a new series that tells the story of the inner workings of the brain.

The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman, a new six one-hour series that explores the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do, premieres on WXXI-TV in October 14th. But before it does, you can enjoy a sneak preview of the series on the big screen at The Little Theater (240 East Avenue) on Wednesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. The event is free, but seats are first come first served. WXXI is pleased to partner with the Rochester Museum & Science Center to bring you this screening, followed by a panel discussion. 

Steve Fentress, Director of the Strasenburgh Planetarium at the RMSC, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include: 

Liz Romanski, PhD, is the Associate Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She received her PhD in neurobiology from Cornell University Medical College and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which the brain processes complex auditory and visual information, particularly for faces and vocal sounds. 

Brad Mahon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Neurosurgery, and the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester. He received his PhD from Harvard University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester. He studies the brain processes that underly how we recognize and interact with objects in our environment. 

More about the series: 
The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman, hosted by Dr. David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and a Guggenheim Fellow, reveals the true story of how our brains create the rich and beautiful world around us by blending scientific truth with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories. The six-part series exposes the inner workings of the brain and takes viewers on a visually spectacular journey into why they feel and think the things they do. The Brain will air on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. , beginning, October 14 through November 18 on WXXI-TV, as part of the PBS “Think Wednesday” lineup of science and nature programming.

With hardly a brain scanner or a white coat in sight, The Brain focuses on understanding the fundamental truths of what it means to be human today and in the coming centuries.

Dr. Eagleman’s exciting multi-disciplinary approach has generated respect — and fans — across the world. In The Brain, he takes viewers on a fascinating journey through our neural universe, asking profound questions like “What is reality?” and “Who is in control?” He also looks at the darker side of human behavior, and reveals that the modern study of the brain offers us special insight into why we can commit terrible acts of group on group violence, even genocide.