On episode 5 of the Connectome podcast, 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 if you’re wondering what the diagram below is all about, that’ll all become clear in a few minutes. It might look a little confusing now, but it’s actually a handy visual aid once he starts digging into the details. Just click for a bigger version.
Now sit back, relax, and get ready to have your mind blown.