Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Eric Kandel - We Are What We Remember: Memory and Biology


Eric Kandel is a towering figure in neuroscience research - he was given the Nobel Prize in 2,000 for his research into the molecular mechanisms of memory.

This was recorded at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and posted online by FORA.tv.

We Are What We Remember: Memory and Biology

Eric Kandel

Kandel received the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and a senior investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He was also the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, which is now the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia.

Kandel has recently authored In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind (W.W. Norton), which chronicles his life and research. The book was awarded the 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science and Technology.

A graduate of Harvard College and N.Y.U. School of Medicine, Kandel trained in Neurobiology at the NIH and in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1974 as the founding director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior.

Within the academic community, he is also admired as a teacher. He organized the neuroscience curriculum at Columbia and is an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field. He recently has written a book on the brain for the general public entitled In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind.

Eric Kandel's research has been concerned with the molecular mechanisms of memory storage in Aplysia and mice. Kandel has received fifteen honorary degrees, is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Science Academies of German and France. He has been recognized with the Albert Lasker Award, the Heineken Award of the Netherlands, the Gairdner Award of Canada, the Wolf Prize of Israel, the National Medal of Science USA and the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2000.

Jesse Prinz

Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, is a notable expert in philosophy of psychology and a strong proponent of the emerging methodology known as experimental philosophy.

His books include Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and Their Perceptual Basis (2002); Gut Reactions: A Perceptual Theory of the Emotions (2004); and The Emotional Construction of Morals (2007). Two books are forthcoming: Beyond Human Nature and The Conscious Brain. His edited books include Mind and Cognition (3rd ed.), with William Lycan (2008); and Handbook of Philosophy of Psychology (forthcoming). He was a visiting fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, a research fellow at the School for Advanced Study at the University of London, and before coming to the Graduate Center, was John J. Rogers Distinguished Professor in the department of philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

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