Susan Greenfield On Mind Change and The Future of the Brain

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A vast range of new technologies are transforming our lives. Could it be that the human mind is also undergoing unprecedented changes? Susan Greenfield presents her provocative work on what she considers to be the crisis of our changing world.
Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the physiology of the brain, Greenfield researches the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

In the video above, Greenfield presents her provocative work on what she considers to be the crisis of our changing world.

Greenfield has written several non-specialist books on issues relating to the mind and brain for the general reader including, ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century . She appears regularly on radio and television and frequently gives talks to the public and private sector.

Susan Greenfield

Stemming from a love of philosophy, Greenfield’s research into consciousness looks to neuroscience for an answer to one of the greatest questions of all – how do we generate consciousness and an awareness of our own identity?

According to Greenfield, one of the big stumbling blocks to answering how the brain generates consciousness is that neuroscience arguably has lacked a cohesive framework for linking micro and macro events in the brain. However, Greenfield believes this is changing through an increasingly accepted concept called, ‘neuronal assemblies’.

Neuronal assemblies can be defined as large-scale, highly transient coalitions of brain cells, which link local events in single cells with large-scale events in macro brain regions.

Because these anomalies can be highly variable in time, Susan has suggested that they could be correlated with variable degrees of consciousness.


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